If you are looking to save money on the amount you spend on groceries, then I can highly recommend meal planning. Not sure what meal planning is? Then this post has all the information you need to get started.
What is Meal Planning?
What is meal planning?
In its simplest form, meal planning is where you plan your meals for a specific time period. Some people plan for a week, others may plan for a fortnight or a month. It depends on how often you do your shop. For example, we shop weekly, so I meal plan for a week at a time.
I also plan for all meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you are new to meal planning, you may just wish to start with dinner.
How to start meal planning?
I like to use my handy meal planning sheet.
It can be quite daunting to sit down with an empty sheet of paper trying to think of 49 meals across the week.
It is best to start by making a list of your favourite meals. Then allocate each one to a day of the week. Take into account the time it will take you to make the meal. I like to save the quick and easy meals to have in the week and save the more time-consuming meals for the weekend when I might have more time to cook them.
How can Meal Planning save you money?
Once you have planned your meals, you will know exactly which foods you will need to have to make all your meals for the week.
The next stage is to check this list against what you may already have in your cupboards and fridge/freezer. By using up what you already have in, you will save money on your total spend.
By only buying those items that you know you need and will use up, you will reduce food waste and this will add to your savings.
Meal Planning Organisation
Once you have created your meal plan, why not display it where the whole family can see it. Everyone will be able to see what’s for dinner and you will be able to see at a glance what needs to be defrosted, prepped or cooked each night and won’t face the dreaded ‘what’s for dinner’ fear.
Take your Meal Planning to the Next Level
Once you have got the hang of meal planning, take it to the next level by introducing:
- Batch cooking
- Building a recipe bank
- Incorporating Yellow Sticker foods
Start meal planning today!
What are you waiting for? Start meal planning today. You will save money and have the added bonus of being organised and knowing exactly what’s for dinner each night.