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How To Make A Meal Plan That Saves Money

Successful Meal Plannings

  • If you're meal planning for five meals, write down a grocery list that includes everything for those five meals.
  • Set a limit on how much you can spend on groceries each week and have a designated "grocery day."
  • Take stock before you shop. You might still have extra food available.
  • Take some ideas from wherever you can. The web is a good source for meal plan ideas to help you develop your own.
  • Experiment with whatever food you have.

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How To Make A Meal Plan That Saves Money

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Meal Planning

Meal planning is a sort of calendar for your groceries and meals. The same way you might plan out your week or month for work, meal planning takes care of that for each meal.

It can save you money if you're buying the right groceries and also save you a lot of time in the long run.

Meal Plans Save Money

Buying groceries can last much longer. A five-pound bag of rice costs around $10. It can last for many weeks and also compliment any meal.

Meal Plans Save Time

  • Meal prepping: The idea is you have certain meals that you want to eat over a week, and you cook them in bulk and refrigerate them until needed.
  • Cooking for one: Instead of taking 30-45 minutes to cook each meal every day, you can take 1-2 hours at the start of the week and cook many meals to refrigerate that can cover the whole week.
  • Cooking in bulk is another way to save time. Try and make a little extra on purpose with each meal.

Eat Healthier

Cooking your food is often far healthier and more effective per calorie than processed food.

A meal plan is more effective if you plan to exclude processed foods like chips and other snacks.

Building A Meal Plan

The idea is to live by a schedule so you can save some money on groceries, and free up time.

You don't need to plan a meal for every day. You can plan a couple of meals with repeats in between.

Successful Meal Plannings

  • If you're meal planning for five meals, write down a grocery list that includes everything for those five meals.
  • Set a limit on how much you can spend on groceries each week and have a designated "grocery day."
  • Take stock before you shop. You might still have extra food available.
  • Take some ideas from wherever you can. The web is a good source for meal plan ideas to help you develop your own.
  • Experiment with whatever food you have.

Making It Easier

  • Make sure your meal plan is simple. If it is too much planning, plan fewer meals and rotate throughout the week.
  • Prioritize leftovers and bulk cooking.
  • Simplify the dinners themselves. Some meals can be quick and cost-effective.

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