There are several advantages to meal planning! For example, when you plan your weekly menu based on the foods you already have at home and on grocery store sales and promotions, you can save money!
To get the ball rolling, just grab a pencil and a piece of paper! Write down all the foods you already have at home. Start with the foods that should be used soon before they go bad. Then go through your local grocery stores’ flyers to see what’s on sale this week.
Now that you have an idea what you have at home and what’s on sale, you can plan your meals for the week. Your grocery list is your best friend: it will not only help you resist any impulse or unnecessary purchases, it will also help you remain within your grocery budget.
Planning your meals allows you adapt your menu according to your schedule and availability. For example, if you know that Thursday evening is going to be busy, plan a simpler meal or prepare some of the ingredients ahead of time.
And by planning your weekly menu based on foods you already have at home and on grocery store sales and promotions, you can make the most of your food budget. You will also waste less food, and that means more savings. More good reasons to start planning your meals!