4 tips to make meal planning easier
How many of you want to save time and money, and still have a good meal on your table?
With our constant growing schedules, limited time and restricted budget, sometimes making time for a homemade meal sounds next to impossible. But lift your head up, shoulders straight and put your eyes on me. It is possible!
It's called meal planning.
Even if you're not a planning type of person, with these 4 tips from our network of DealPros
, you should be well on your way to creating a satisfying meal, on time and on budget:
Start a menu plan
- like anything in life, you need to make it a priority. If you're a newbie like myself, begin a meal plan
with these tips from Saving Dollars and Sense. The whole process is simplified and less intimidating. If you get down to it, it only takes about 10 minutes to create a plan.Use what you have
- Don't overwhelm yourself by trying to re-stock you pantry, refrigerator and freezer with all new things. Look at what you have, see what's going to expire and create a meal plan from there. Using what you have
is probably the simplest approach and one that The Coupon Challenge uses. If she needs additional ingredients for her meal that is not on-hand, she makes quick substitutions.Meal planning with restrictions
- Sometimes meal planning can be difficult if you have food allergies, sensitivities and more. Don't make it difficult on you. If you plan ahead like Little House Living, you can do freezer cooking in an hour
. In one hour, she prepares one week's worth of gluten-free meal all ready to go.Save money
- I would be crazy not to say one of my reasons to create a meal plan is to save money. Learn how you can save money with meal planning
with tips from The Prudent Patron. I always like to have a money jar put aside with the money that I saved. With that money, I allow myself to use it towards a spa day or even a family vacation (motivation is key
Creating a meal plan will not only save you time, energy and money, you'll be in control. There's nothing like being a little sane during the week!