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What do you think of when someone says “meal planning”? Me? I want to bury my head in the sand and pretend it’s not a thing!! It’s the most dreaded task in my house next to actually grocery shopping. BUT, it needs to be done. When it’s not done, we tend to spend excess money It’s a budget killer AND a waistline killer because take out or dining out looks easier in the short term!
Before you start meal planning, check out THIS POST that talk about the 5 things we all waste money on – MANY of them relate to the grocery store! It’s an area that we ALL spend a good chunk of money on and an area that we can trim the easiest!
How does meal planning help you??
- you can save money at the grocery store
- you can save actual time
- you can eat healthier
- you can have more variety in your meals
I’ve made it easy to start if you are not currently incorporating this into your life.
One of the things that frustrates me the most about meal planning is deciding what to cook day in and day out. It gets old and boring to me. I ask the hubby and the kids, and they say “I don’t care”. I’m sure you get the same things. So, I sat and wrote a LONG list of things to choose from for you and me!
There are SEVEN different categories making it easy to pick a meal from each category for each day of the week! Make it a Mexican Monday… Traditional Thursday… Fast and Easy Friday – you pick!
Cheater Meal Plan (2) – you can click this link to print the full-size pages to keep handy.
I’ve also included a spot for you to put events that you have on your calendar for that night! I know for me, that is GOLD!! With constant sports, I need to know what I have going on before I plan a meal that has a little more prep time.
This ALSO helps when you are planning meals with the weekly circular ads! You can save money buy planning around what’s on sale.
This has made meal planning for me SOOOOO much easier! I actually don’t dread grocery shopping OR cooking!
Do you meal plan? What works for you? What is your favorite QUICK meal that needs to be on my menu list?
Do you need more variety to your menu? Check out these posts of EASY dinners!
If you try one, I’d love you to drop me a comment and let me know how you liked it!!