HOW MEAL PLANNING SAVES YOU TIME & MONEY

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Years ago, meal planning was something that I never considered but now it is a necessity as far as I am concerned.

 

Meal planning can help in so many ways, including saving you money and time overall.  It also helps you cut down on waste and can turn what becomes a boring dinner into a lovely feast!

 

People often say to me that they just don’t have the time to plan, well I’m here to tell you it doesn’t take that long and it will save you time – really!  Below I have listed the reasons why I meal plan so hopefully it will give you an idea of what the benefits are.

Weekly meal planning saves you time

Going grocery shopping without a list means wandering up and down the aisles trying to come up with recipes on the spot.  Or you think you have all the ingredients to make that meal at home, only to find when you get there you’re missing an essential ingredient.

Well with meal planning you prepare your list in advance so you don’t have to wander aimlessly up and down those aisles being tempted by offers you don’t’ really need.

Weekly meal planning helps you eat a more balanced diet

When you sit down to plan your weekly meals, it gives you time to consider adding in vegetables and thinking about the healthier options.  For us, we like to ensure we use the vegetables at the start of the meal plan so you get them when they are at their best and the freshest.  It also means you refrain from buying unhealthy snacks because you have your list in front of you!

Weekly meal planning stops you getting stuck in a rut

There are times when I can’t for the life of me figure out any more inventive ways to include vegetables in our diet so taking time to plan and look at recipes is great.

Indeed, as I will talk about below, signing up to Hello Fresh is a great way of keeping your meals interesting.

Steps to creating a weekly meal plan

Step 1:  Do a little recipe research or sign up to Hello Fresh.

Step 2:  Create a week-long meal plan – I’m offering you a free meal planner diary which you can download below.

Step 3: Make a shopping list from the meal plan AFTER looking in your fridge, freezer, and store cupboard.

Step 4:  Go shopping and stick to your list

 

 

 

After all this you will find that it will have taken you less time than if you’d been wandering around those grocery aisles, plus you will have planned your meals for the week, saved yourself money and set yourself a healthy eating plan.

 

Happy Meal Planning.

 

Elf x

 

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16 Comments

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    Stephanie Jane
    August 17, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    Our household is now a vegetarian and a meat-eater so meal planning is essential not just for the great reasons you mention, but also so we don’t both expect to be using the same pans at the same time!

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      admin
      August 18, 2017 at 9:07 am

      Oh that would be awful wouldn’t it?! Thanks for sharing Stephanie.

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    Ian
    August 20, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    I agree that meal planning is very essential and does indeed save you loads of time. For me the biggest upside was that when you blog quite heavily and generally spend your days in a creatively draining workflow meal plans save you the precious energy. By simply not having to figure out what is the next meal I am able to way more on that day.

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      admin
      August 20, 2017 at 2:45 pm

      I agree with you indeed. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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    Kirsty Dee
    August 20, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    I can totally see the benefits, I keep saying I’m going to do this and then don’t. I really must give it a try!

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      admin
      August 20, 2017 at 2:45 pm

      It does take time to start but then it becomes second nature. thanks for stopping by x

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    helen
    August 20, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Great meal planning ideas.

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      admin
      August 20, 2017 at 6:18 pm

      Thanks Helen and thanks for stopping by. x

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    Becky
    August 20, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    100% agree with this, I’ve written a similar post myself…I really like the way yours was written :)! I can see a difference in my food costs and the type of food I eat when I plan compared to when I don’t.

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      admin
      August 20, 2017 at 6:17 pm

      It also stops our boys from fighting because they know what to expect each night! Thanks for stopping by x

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    Sally-Jane
    August 20, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    Totally agree with this, saves arguments and planning what is for tea each night …. But I do need to remember to get the meet out of the freezer on the right days 😂

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      admin
      August 20, 2017 at 6:16 pm

      Oh there are times I forget too but then we change to having a meat free meal lol. thanks for stopping by x

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    Dani
    August 20, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    We meal plan every week and I love it. We save so much money and I always make an effort to make new recipes. It’s helped me loose weight too.

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      admin
      August 20, 2017 at 6:16 pm

      That’s fantastic news. I’ve never managed to loose weight yet but I am trying with the smaller meals via meal planning. Thanks for stopping by.x

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    Rebecca Smith
    August 20, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    I love meal planning – I really need to get back to doing it on a regular basis

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      admin
      August 21, 2017 at 1:21 pm

      It can be difficult sticking to it but it really is worth it. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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