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Ten Tips for Successful Meal Planning
Posted By Jamie On 02/19/2009 @ 12:09 pm In Frugal Living | 14 Comments
I think these two words bring different thoughts for different people. I know I may be unique, but all of my adult life I have found I love planning my trip to the grocery store – writing the grocery list, pricing out the items, going shopping.
When our daughter came along, though, I knew I needed to get more serious about the actual meal planning part. Not only did we need to save money, but I also realized how chaotic the dinner hour can get with a little one. For us, dinner time was when our daughter wanted to be fed and now its when she wants to play. For many families, the dinner hour is when everything comes together – kids are arriving home from activities, parents are coming from work, lots of communication is happening about the day, homework, relationships… And, all while trying to think about what items you have at home to make a meal and you’re considering whether its easier to run out to the grocery store for missing items or for fast food.
So, with all of that I decided on saving money and my sanity and plan meals each and every week! To be honest, I think more than anything else, I just love putting a price on the weekly meal plan and “playing the game” of sticking within that budget. Now, I know it meal planning may sound like a bit of work, but it’s much less time consuming and cheaper than not having a plan! I promise! There are so many reasons to meal plan – saving time, money and energy being the key things! Where a lot of people get stuck, I think, is how to actually start.
There are so many benefits to meal planning, especially giving you more time and energy to do the things you really want and need to do! For a lot more helpful information on meal planning and healthy eating on a budget check out “A Month of Meals ” – complete with the work done for you (meals, recipes, weekly plans for a month, and shopping list)! I also write on my blog – Baby Get Green .
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