5 Meal Planning Tips to Save you Time and Money

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Meal planning is a great way to save time and money, and it can also help you lose weight. If you have been considering meal planning, check out these 5 meal planning tips to help you get started.

5 Meal Planning Tips to Save you Time and Money

5 Meal Planning Tips

Plan For Two Weeks
Instead of just planning for a week at a time, plan for up to two weeks at a time. This will help you budget better, make enough meals for two weeks so that you don’t get bored, and ensures that you eat at home for at least two weeks straight out of the month, which can greatly reduce your eating out habits. That can save you money and help you wean yourself off of fast food.

Double Up

Instead of just cooking one meal with one ingredient, use those same ingredients for multiple meals. In addition, double the recipe so you can freeze the remaining food for future meals. This saves you time and money, and lets you buy in bulk without wasting anything. For example, you can buy a whole chicken and make two of the same meal from the one poultry.

Make Sunday a Cooking Day

Get out your cook book and get ready to fill the freezer. If you focus on cooking for one day, you won’t get tired of always cooking. Plus, if you have Sundays free you can get a lot of cooking out of the way and will save yourself some time during the week. This helps ensure that you will do your cooking. Just freeze your meals, date them, and heat the meals on the nights you have planned.

Have Themed Nights

Themed nights keep you interested in home cooked food and cooking it. Mexican Wednesdays, Thai Thursdays, and French Fridays can all make for an exciting night of food and will give you something to look forward to each week. Plus, it keeps you motivated when it feels like you’re in a rut with your meal planning.

Make a Spreadsheet

While this may sound difficult, it really isn’t all that hard. Just make a spreadsheet of all of the ingredients you know you buy regularly, and then make a spreadsheet of all of your meals. This will help you keep a list handy and makes sure you don’t eat the same meal too close together. Doing that can really make your meal planning seem mundane and turn you off from it altogether.

I also recommend checking out Simple Strategies for Saving Time in the Kitchen by Kelly from The Nourishing Home.

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