Save money at the grocery store with our meal planning ideas. If you are new to meal planning or are a seasoned pro, you can probably learn a little something from our list. Get free printables, advice, and so much more. You will soon be planning your meals and getting more organized in your kitchen.
Before we get started, do you know what meal planning can do for you? Be sure to check out our benefits of meal planning to understand just why you should start doing this today. You may know that it can help you save money at the grocery store but there are other benefits that you may not think of. Now that you know why….the next question is how?? That is where our meal planning ideas come in!
You can actually plan your meals for a week or an entire month. I like to start with my planner and a bit of quiet time. If you don’t have a planner, be sure to print one of the free ones at the links below:
It can be a little less intimidating if you start with planning a week’s worth of meals. Start filling in your meals for the week. You might plan three meals a day or just your main meal. There really is no right or wrong answer. It comes down to what works best for your family.
Be sure you start by thinking of ways you can use up the food that is in your pantry and freezer already. Fill up your meal plan with your favorite recipes and even ask for suggestions from your family. Want to try some new recipes? Add those in as well! Here are some of our favorite recipe lists:
- 30 Ground Beef Recipes
- 30 Slow Cooker Main Dishes
- 25 Pasta Recipes
- 50 Soup Recipes
- 60 Slow Cooker Recipes
- 25 Chicken Recipes
Once your meal plan is the way you want it, use the plan to create a grocery shopping list. Now you are purchasing just the items you need for the week. If you can be disciplined enough to stick to the list, you should see an immediate reduction in your grocery bill. Take your meal planning a few steps further and start planning around grocery store sales. You will be singing the praises of meal planning to everyone you meet!
Meal planning can be a huge help to any family. I personally have used it for many years and developed a way for it to work for my family. Each family is different so it may take some trial and error on your part to get a system that works for you. If you want to dive deeper into meal planning, be sure to check out our e-book!
Everything you wanted to know about meal planning in one easy to use guide. It comes with free printable worksheets that will help you to analyze your family and eating habits. Then you can print the meal planner and grocery store list. Everything you need is in this guide! I have even included an example meal plan so you can see just how someone would use the worksheets. Sound good? Just click here to read more!
I hope these meal planning ideas have helped you in your quest for a more organized life. I know that meal planning has helped us tremendously over the years! Good luck and happy planning!
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