A few tips I do to save time and money..
Why you should be doing this! You’ll save time and money on your grocery bill with meal planning! .
Planning your meals out for the week has an initial investment of, oh, 15 minutes or so. But I can easily spend 15 minutes on one day pondering what I want to eat. You’ll have to go to the grocery store, too, but that’s already something you do. And I’ll bet with meal planning you’ll cut your time at the store! No more wandering halls and comparing veggies thinking “which ones should I get for this week?” .
You have a list, and you’re gonna stick to it, and it’s gonna get you in and out of the store in no time!
You’ll save money (and reduce food waste!)
If I don’t have a meal planned out ahead of time, I look through my pantry and fridge and think “uhhhhhh this looks too hard, or we end up going out to a restaurant. Let me tell you, fast food is not cheaper than cooking at home. And we all know restaurants’ prices are super inflated! Shopping at the grocery store to cook at home will save you money first by cutting out the convenience cost of restaurants and fast food, but it doesn’t stop there. Meal planning ensures that you’re buying the foods you’re actually going to use, so nothing will be going bad sitting around waiting to get used! This eliminates food waste which is good for everybody – especially your wallet.
You’ll eat healthier Cooking at home and controlling your own meals is the key to eating healthy. As long as you’re using whole foods and choosing recipes that aren’t terrible, you’re going to be eating healthier. At home, you can control which ingredients go into a meal, how much salt you added, how much oil or butter. Control your calories, control the way you cook the food to conserve nutrients, and eat what you like, the way you like it.