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How To Save Money By Meal Planning

How To Save Money By Meal Planning

How To Save Money By Meal PlanningOne way that I try to save as much money as I can with my food expenses each month is by meal planning. Food is expensive. Many families spend somewhere between $500 to $1,000 a month on food, and some families spend much more than that.

Here is how you can save money by meal planning:

You’ll have less waste.

One big benefit of meal planning is that you will have less food waste. It is said that around 40% of food that is bought is thrown away and wasted. That’s a lot of money wasted!

You might think that you don’t waste that much food, but you probably do. Next time you make a meal, really think about how much food you are wasting.

You’ll buy what you need.

You will have less waste because you will be buying what you need at the grocery store. When meal planning, you will create a specific grocery list of the exact items that you need. You will go through your pantry, fridge, and so on, and if you do not have the required item for the meal, then you will know exactly what you need to buy at the store.

You won’t be strolling down each aisle to see what you may need. This is how money is wasted. If you are only buying parts of a meal, then it is obviously not what you need because you want/need a full meal to eat.

It can stop you from wanting to go out to eat.

Another great thing about meal planning is that you won’t want to go out to eat as much.

You can completely avoid the “What’s for dinner?” question and save money because you will already have options for dinner. This is one of the major problems that I have when it comes to my food spending – I either don’t know what to make, I’m too lazy to even think about it, or I don’t have the necessary ingredients to actually make a full meal. It’s no fun to start a meal only to realize that you can’t even make the full meal because you forgot to buy that one item when you were at the grocery store.

Meal planning will save you money on going out to eat. You can create a wide variety of items to eat, and you will known that you have the ingredients to make your meals as well.

Do you meal plan? Why or why not?


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  • We started meal planning this past winter. It has really saved us a lot of money. Our dinners become lunch and because we’re only 2 people, we only have to pick 3 dinner meals a week and even that gives us surplus that we put in the freezer for nights that we come home and don’t feel like cooking. We really love that.

    It’s also been fun. There are thousands of food blogs out there and I have a few of my favorites that show up in my bloglovin’ feed and occasionally I’ll find a new one to add…but my husband and I have discovered that food at home is far better than food out. The last time we went out, we were pretty disappointed that we spent 30 dollars on something that was bland and not enjoyable. We’ve done that twice now. Once for Valentines day and once quite recently.

    We try to make something new a couple times a month and if we don’t like the recipe, it doesn’t have to go back into rotation again. I’ve also been able to try new foods. Some I love and say why didn’t I try that sooner and others that I’ve been like, ewwww, I’m not making that again.

  • I couldn’t agree more, when we get into the most trouble is when we don’t meal plan. It causes us to call up the local sushi place and spend, spend, spend. When we have food planned out and an extra meal ready in case we forget, it saves us money.

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