Meal Planning Saves Money

Meal Planning Saves Money

Buying food is expensive. Funny (in a sad kind of way) to think how the simple act of feeding yourself can cost so much. This is especially true if you are buying fast or “convenient” food most of the time. We have found a way to drastically lower our monthly food expenses through the somewhat simple process of meal planning. However, a lot like budgeting, it requires diligence and persistence to maintain. Speaking of budgeting, click here to see our blog about the importance of budgeting.

Meal planning is not only a great way to save money; it’s also a great way to eat better. Meal planning saves time and energy throughout the week. It allows you to not have to think about what you are going to eat each night of the week. We began meal planning many years ago to save time and money; we were less likely to eat out since we already had something ready for us at home.

The basic idea of meal planning is simple; come up with breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the following week. When we first did our “freezer meals” we basically made a bunch of dinners and breakfast items that would last 2-4 weeks. We would put the different meals into Ziploc baggies or similar sized containers, only full enough to feed us for one night, possibly with leftovers for lunch. We would take the container out of the freezer the day before wanting to eat it, and when we got home, we simply heated it up on the stove. No more microwave dinners for us!

Although we are working on doing monthly meal planning, we are currently planning our meals out on a weekly basis. Generally, we do smoothies for breakfast, which is great because you can blend up several smoothies and freeze them; then move them from the freezer to the fridge the night before you plan to consume them. For lunches we usually make something that will last the entire week, like a taco salad or wrap, and keep them in the fridge all week. For dinner we generally make two to three different meals and freeze them in separate containers, one container for each two-person serving. It really is that simple.

In future posts we will discuss, in detail, our meal plans. If you have some ideas for meal planning, we’d love to hear from you! Please comment below or contact us!

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