Moneywise MoM: Meal Planning

Back when I was on bedrest with my twins (they had a mild case of TTTS), we were eating lots of takeout and fast food, receiving meals from our local MOMS Club, and just getting by. I spent a lot of time thinking about cooking and how I would do it once the twins arrived. Sitting down to meals together became much more important, and my husband and I agreed to make it a priority once we were a family of five. My obsession with Meal Planning begun, and it is now one of my top strategies for saving money as well as eating healthier and spending time together as a family.

When you plan your family’s meals, you avoid impulse buying at the grocery store and spend less time in the store–which is a plus whether or not you’ve brought the kids with you. By taking the time once a week to loosely plan, you save time not only during shopping but also during the day. How many hours have you spent worrying or wondering what to prepare that night? Keep a list on your fridge and it’s done for you. Another benefit I’ve found is that my husband is able to prep dinner if I’m sick or not home at dinnertime. Once your kids are older, they’ll be able to help too.

If you’ve never tried meal planning before, try this:

  1. Brainstorm the meals you make regularly–spaghetti, tacos, mac & cheese, etc.–and put them on a list. As you get more experienced, you can plan using your grocery store’s sales ad or try new recipes.
  2. Look at your calendar for the week ahead; if there’s a busy or late night expected, plan something super-easy (frozen pizza, leftovers, etc.).
  3. Make a grocery list based on the dinners you’ve planned. Check your pantry/cupboards first so you don’t buy something you already have.
  4. Shop ONCE at the beginning of the week; the goal is to purchase everything you need and avoid multiple trips to the store.
And a note: you don’t have to cook from scratch to take advantage of meal planning. The idea is just to plan ahead in order to save both time and money. Buying convenience foods (frozen dinners, rotisserie chicken, etc.) is still less expensive than restaurant food.

 


Have you tried meal planning? What are your tips for the beginners out there?

I hope you’ll stop by my blog to check out more strategies and tips. Have a great month!

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  1. This has totally been on my mind since i’v found out I’m expecting twins! I’v tried this before but it seems to be for the advanced cook. I like you idea and I’m heading to your site now!
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