Meal Planning 101: Part 1 – Why Even Try?

Nothing — but nothing — is more infuriating to me than hearing this question from my husband, usually around 4:30 pm: “So, what are you thinking about for dinner?”

Just So.Many.Levels. of wrong. Of course, I generally retort, “I don’t know, what are you making.” But that’s probably not the best thing to say. :)

In all seriousness, aside from making your evenings free of marital discord, meal planning is the Number One tip I give people when they ask, “How can I shave dollars off my grocery bill?”

Meal Planning. That’s it.

It’s so simple, but so hard! ¬†Having an idea of what you are going to feed your family at least 5 days a week will pay you back huge dividends when shopping for the week.

1. There will be no need for extra trips. Every time you step in the store, you are bombarded by millions of dollars of marketing efforts designed for the sole purpose of yanking your hard-earned dollars out of your wallet. Less trips to the store= more money in your pocket.

2. You can shop based on what you already have in your pantry. No more having 5 jars of capers in your fridge.

3. ¬†You won’t have to bang your head against the wall over the perennial: “What’s for dinner??”

I’ve used Food on the Table Meal Planning service to jump-start my meal planning ideas. You can try it here.

Have I convinced you that meal planning is a good idea yet? Once you get in the habit, it takes only a few minutes a week, and it saves a world of aggravation!

I’m starting a series on Meal Planning 101 — next time we’ll learn about how to start putting a meal plan together.


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