Meal Planning: Making Life Easier Around Mealtime

Jan 5, 2018 by

Meal Planning: Making Life Easier Around Mealtime
There is nothing worse than coming to the end of a long day and realizing you have no clue what you are going to feed your family for dinner. You start rummaging through the pantry and the fridge trying to find something, ANYTHING that looks appealing and doesn’t take an hour to cook. It is beyond frustrating! I think it is safe to say that just about everyone has been there. I know I have! It is nights like these where meal planning makes a huge difference.

Meal planning seems to be a pretty popular topic these days. I am convinced that the reason it is so popular is because it works! It saves time and money. Who couldn’t use a little extra time and money? So how does meal planning save time and money?

Well first, going to the grocery store without a plan is like going when you are starving but worse. You end up buying things you don’t need and spend more than you want. That is why planning your meals for the week ahead of time is so important. When you have a plan of what you need for the meals you want to make then you don’t end up buying random things (at least not as many) hoping that it will magically turn into a delicious meal at the of the day. You also don’t end up eating out as much which will save you money. And as an added bonus you will usually get a healthier meal if you make it yourself.

Second, it can take a lot of time trying to figure out what you are going to eat when you don’t have a plan. Again meal planning works its magic here too. If you have a small list of meals that you are prepared to make it takes the guesswork out. When you have a plan of what meals you are going to make for the week and you used that plan to go shopping you will have all the ingredients for whatever dinners are on the menu.  It is much less intimidating at the end of the day if you know what choices you have rather than try to throw together a miracle.

So how do you make a meal plan? Well, it is easier than you might think.

  1. Look at your calendar for the week and see what days are busiest and which are not as busy.
  2. Grab a few of your favorite cookbooks and pick a few recipes that look good. Keep in mind that on busy days you will need something that can either be put together and ready to eat super quick or something that can cook in the crockpot.
  3. Make sure that you have enough meals for each day of the week. For example:

Meal Planning

Monday– Spaghetti with meatballs


Wednesday– Enchiladas

Thursday– Leftovers

Friday– Hamburgers

Saturday– Eat out

Sunday– Hawaiian haystacks

  1. Go through your recipes and make a shopping list while you have all your cookbooks on hand.
  2. Be flexible. Some days are not going to go as planned if you need to switch Monday night with Wednesday night go for it.

That’s all there is to it! It’s pretty easy, right? You now have a plan for dinners to make this week and you have a grocery list so you will have everything you need to make them. Have fun with the extra time to spend with your family and enjoy the little extra cash you can put wherever you want. Happy planning!

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  1. Wonderful tips on meal planning. I used to be really good at it and get at least 3-4 meals from a grocery store one if I made a list and had a plan first, now I just have been winging it and the results are way to many late night runs to McDonalds, KFC, and Taco Bell. Really need to follow a meal line up again lol!

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