I have a three-pronged approach to cooking: cook good food, cook often, and cook within my budget. The first two are easy for me; the budget is definitely the tough part. What made a budget more manageable for me was developing small habits that are sustainable and easy to stick with.
Here are the five essential habits that keep me cooking within my budget. They are simple, but — like the grocery habits we talked about last week — these are the bedrock of sticking to a budget. Are these the ones you practice too?