I have been meal planning for a couple of years now and I have to say it not only has made meal times more simple for me as a busy mum, but has also kept the reigns on the weekly grocery budget. Any week I have not done my meal planning has lead to many scrambled nights of not much, takeaway and extra $$$ spending. Going to the grocery store blind I tend to over spend, as I’m not keeping track of things I already have and tend to buy with my stomach rather than my brain! Lol lol lol
So What Is Meal Planning ?
Meal planning is pretty simple. Basically you plan out all your main meals for the week BEFORE you do your grocery list & budget. By doing meal planning you save time each day deciding what you are going to make & you save $$$ in the grocery budget from not overspending.
Basic Meal Planning Steps:
There is a more that can be done within Meal Planning to really make it beneficial to you and your family.
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for now here are some basic steps to take yo get you started...
Step 1. Get Your Plan Ready - Take out your Meal Planning Sheet – or try This Mum At Homes Monthly Meal Planner Pack or use any diary or planner you may have.
Step 2. Look At What You Already Have – Go through your pantry, fridge and freezer to see what ingredients you already have to make meals.
Step 3. Plan Meals From Existing Ingredients – Plan the meals you can make from the ingredients you already have and write them into days of the week that they will best suit according to your daily plans and activities.
Step 4. Plan New Meals – On the days you have left come up with meals you would like on each day, again keeping in mind your daily plans & activities you have scheduled.
Step 5. Write Your Ingredients List – Don’t forget to write what ingredients you need that you do not already have onto your grocery list.
Step 6. Things To Keep In Mind -
- Be flexible - Be flexible with your meals. If you need to shift things around because plans have changed on a particular day then do so.
- Have your regular theme days to make things easier with planning eg Pasta Monday, Taco Tuesday, Fish Friday, Sausage Saturday …
- When you have done your groceries, cook multiple meals at once and freeze where you can. This will make dinner time even more simple and stress free. More time for other fun things!
- If you have a child at school or you pack work lunches use this Lunch Box Meal Planning sheet too – FREE using code LUNCHBOXFREE1 on checkout.
So that’s basic meal planning in a nutshell. Its very simple and I truly believe we should all do it, especially us busy mummas. More time for the fun things we really want to do!
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