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Savings Secrets: 4 tips to get you started with meal planning

By DealPro(view all posts by CrystalECollins)
at 12:00PM Monday March 4, 2013
under Money Saving Tips

The phrase "meal planning" automatically strikes terror into the hearts of many. How do I start? Will I have to spend hours and hours in the kitchen and then come out looking like a flour-covered, baked on zombie? 

Nah, meal planning doesn't have to be that bad, nor that scary. Here's how to get started with meal planning, and survive! 

1. Five meals a day, for five days a week. Write it down, commit to it, stick to it. It's just that simple. 

2. Once you have this down, write down your family's 14 favorite meals. We have a free 14 favorite meals printable for you right here

meal planning nights of the week

3. Come up with themed meal nights. 

Monday --> Chicken
Tuesday --> Pasta
Wednesday --> Mexican
Thursday --> Vegetarian
Friday --> Pizza
Saturday --> Beef
Sunday --> Leftovers

4. Plan, then shop! Planning out your meals according to what's on sale, or simply according to your list can help you save money, time and sanity! It's easy to make your meals and do your shopping when you have a plan in place. 

To help get you on the right track, here's a free weekly meal plan and shopping list printable

Do you meal plan? What is your favorite way to plan out your meals?

Learn more tips like this in one of our Grocery Savings, or Meal Planning Classes in your area

Crystal Collins is an Atlanta local, adventurer, a health advocate and thrifty as can be. Check her out on her blog at