Looking to save money, let me teach you how to plan your meals and save money!
It might sound odd that I can save you money on your groceries by planning your meals but it’s true.
Planning what you need to have in your home to feed your family saves you money as you don’t spend extra on food items that you don’t want and don’t need.
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Menu Planning For The Home
When you think of menu planning, it seems to fit better with the idea of a business rather than a home.
However, planning the food that you eat and the items you need to buy is the simplest way to save money and save time in the kitchen.
Without planning the food that you will eat how do you know what you need to buy?
How do you work out the essentials from the non-essential items on your shopping list?
By creating a plan of what you are going to eat for the week means a better shopping list and buying the items that you need and not buying unnecessary items and spending money you don’t need to.
Not only will you stick to your budget, it might be less than you thought.
Save Time In The Kitchen And Plan Your Meals
By taking the time to work out the meals that you are going to eat for the week means that you know what you need to do in advance.
You are not rushing around rummaging through the freezer looking for something suitable to eat.
You know what you need to do and when you need to start preparing for each meal.
By noting down items you need to do in advance on your meal plan, it makes actually making a meal a breeze.
My meal plan includes:
- The meals we will eat
- Any prep that is required beforehand
- Notes about new recipes and where to find them
Does Meal Planning Save Money
I’m always asked does planning my meals for the week actually save me money?
The simple answer is yes.
When I meal plan I am actively using my list of food that I already have in the house and my shopping list is there too.
We get shopping delivered on a Wednesday, so I know that after that date is suitable for meals that need ingredients, anything before has to already be in my home.
I very really venture out during the week for any shopping. It would have to be an emergency for me to get something.
This means I stick to my budget and my meal plans.
If I didn’t plan what we are eating it would be chaos in our home and the evening meal especially would be thrown together and it won’t be the best option for anyone.
How To Plan Meals For A Week On A Budget
It takes me 10 minutes maximum to write down our meal plan for the week and that is taking into account for the different likes and dislikes of all family members.
I ask for suggestions from everyone what they fancy to eat and I take these suggestions and work out what’s possible with the items we have and what needs to go later in the week after my grocery delivery.
Then I literally fill in the gaps.
Because I do my shopping online, I can simply adjust how much I’m spending to allow all the food needed for the week to come out below budget.
I don’t plan breakfast or lunch, it’s up to each individual to work out what they intend to eat for these meals! I provide enough food for these areas and adjust accordingly if different items are requested.
Planning And Being Organized
I love to plan things, which is why I plan and organize my home.
It’s not perfect in any sense; there are areas that really need a big overhaul and other areas that are nearly perfect.
Having a list of the food in the freezer and in my pantry helps, it allows me to sit at my desk and work out the meal planning without having to keep running back and forth checking if I have the right ingredients.
I grab my lists and just start filling in the details and if I use something it goes on the shopping list.
Simplifying And Saving Money
I like to simplify my life and having things in order helps.
Taking the pressure off each day as to what we are going to eat really saves a lot of time and a lot of frustration.
If you are rushed you might be tempted to order a takeaway and again this is spending money that you don’t need too.
By planning, you are taking control of what you need to do, it reduces stress and mealtimes can become a time for families.
Enjoying time together and eating a balanced meal is perfect.
It does take a while to get into the habit of meal planning, but it is worth it.
Organize your storage, for me, this is the freezer and the pantry, list down everything you have and then you are ready to plan! Don’t go fancy with your meal ideas unless you have the time to spare.
Simple is often the best idea and the one that works long-term! Have fun planning your meals.