Is meal planning something you wish you did, but you don’t know where to start? I found some great blog posts that will help you get started. I think these bloggers are some of the real mavens of the Meal Planning world and I turned to them for the best ideas to get into the meal-planning habit.
Life as Mom shares tips for the beginner. Her step-by-step tutorial advises you to:
- Consult your calendar to fill in events that affect meal times
- Take inventory of what you have in your freezer, pantry, and refrigerator
- Look to grocery ads for inspiration
The Happy Housewife dramatically decreased her grocery bill off of a high of $800 a month once she started menu planning. Her top five pieces of advice are:
- Ask your family what they feel like eating
- Make a meal list
- Make a weekly outline
- Create themed meal nights
- Just do it
Lynn of Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures started meal planning because she needed to save money. Now it saves her time and avoids the 5:00 panic. When you’re getting started, she recommends:
- Figuring out what works best for your family, it may be different than the family next door
- Planning just for dinner, especially if you don’t eat at home three times a day
- Starting with just Monday-Friday if you know you have crazy weekends
- Planing by meal type if you don’t have a specific recipe so you’ll have some room for change.
Have you started meal planning? Did you use these tips to get started?
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