What’s for Dinner?
If you are the one responsible for feeding your family, I bet someone has asked you “what’s for dinner”. Recently, I have not done a lot of meal planning or freezer cooking. During summer we spend many days at the pool and have a tendency to eat out more.
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Meal planning saves you time and stress!
This month I decided to get back on track and it has been so nice! I love how much more relaxed I am when dinnertime rolls around! I don’t have to think about what’s for dinner which is a major time saver. I am usually too tired to think clearly at dinnertime anyway!
Meal planning saves you money.
I want to be completely honest with you. My last credit card statement motivated me to begin meal planning again! You see, we put everything on our card and pay it when the bill comes in at the end of the month. I had some major sticker shock when our bill came in last month! I promised my husband I would do better about eating ( healthier) at home and saving money.
When I shop from a list and plan my meals before hand, I spend A LOT less! We’re not tempted by impulse buys in the grocery store or last minute dinners out, which are not in the budget!
Meal planning is easy.
Meal planning really doesn’t have a big ordeal. There are many ways to meal plan, by the week, bi monthly, or even monthly. Some people don’t like to repeat meals throughout the month while others don’t mind repeats. It doesn’t matter which method you choose just that you have a plan!
Here are some tips for planning your meals
- Brain storm all of the different meals your family enjoys. Ask your family members for input because if you are like me you might have a brain fart and forget a family favorite!
- Plan meals around what you have in your pantry. You would be surprised how many meals you can come up with when using up your pantry items.
- Read the sales flyers to see what is on sale and if they are foods that you can freeze or are non perishable, consider buying in bulk to take advantage of the savings.
- Use your meal planner or subscribe to our newsletter to get your free printable menu planner. Start filling in each day with a meal until you have filled out your month. If you get want some fresh ideas, I have some delicious recipes on my Pinterest recipe board.
- Think about your schedule and commitments throughout the week or month and plan easier meals on the days you will have more time.
- Don’t forget about your Crock pot as a time saving option! I have the best recipe for Divine Pulled Pork here or check out this post featuring a crockpot chicken.
- Sit back and relax the next time you hear someone ask you “what’s for dinner” because you will have an answer!
What are your favorite meal planning tips? Do you have any awesome recipes to share? I always enjoy hearing from our readers in the comments below.
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