Quiz: What's Your Meal Planning IQ?
- weekly meal plan
- + fast recipes kids will love
- + savings at your grocery store
- + organized grocery list
- = stress-free mom
When do you start to think about what's for dinner?
If you dread the "What's for Dinner" question, meal planning can help you reduce the stress of putting dinner on the table.
How long does it take you to meal plan?
If you take less than 30 minutes a week to create a meal plan and organized grocery list, you can save time at the grocery store and money avoiding take out.
How often do you cook at home?
Cooking at home can save you money and improve your health. It is less expensive than eating out and control the ingredients you use to prepare your meals. Another benefit of cooking at home is that studies show that the more often families eat together, the more likely children are to do well in school, eat their vegetables, learn big words, and know which fork to use.
Do you take inventory of your pantry before you plan?
Taking an inventory of what's in your pantry can save money and reduce waste. Use items in your pantry to guide your meal planning and find recipes that will incorporate what you already have on hand.
Do you consult your family's calendar when making a plan?
Planning around your family's activities will increase the success of your meal planning efforts. Choose main dishes that will be appropriate for the time you have to spend at home in the evening. For example, if you have after-school activities that result in a late night out, try putting something in the slow cooker in the morning so you won't need prep time when you get home.
Do you plan using the grocery store circulars?
Grocery store circulars come to your mailbox once a week. They highlight the sale items from that store for the following week. Using the grocery store circular to guide your meal planning can help you save significantly. Most grocery store circulars can now be found online. Be aware that store sales vary from store to store, even in the same chain.
Do you get your family involved?
Engaging your family in the meal planning process can reduce frustration during the week. When everyone had a chance to chime in, they're less likely to complain about a dish since they had a hand in choosing it.
Is your family getting tired of the "same old thing" for dinner?
Introducing variety is a good way to expand your family's palates. The easiest way to get out of the family food rut is to experiment with a food your family already likes. For example, if you know your family likes chicken and potatoes, try serving chicken and pureed cauliflower.
Do you use a grocery list?
The grocery list is the key to saving money and time at the grocery store. Studies show that each additional minute you spend in the grocery store over thirty (30) minutes results in spending $1 per minute. If you have an organized list, you can avoid backtracking through aisles for a forgotten item. Plus, you buy only what you need so you can reduce waste.
How often do you go to the grocery store?
If You Scored 10-16, you are a Novice Meal Planner
It's not your fault you're in diapers when it comes to meal planning. Meal planning takes time, and who has extra time lying around? Take baby steps: start by planning 2 meals a week and making a grocery list. See if this makes an impact on your grocery bill and stress level.
If You Scored 17-24, you are a Meal Planning Pro
You are in a routine where you plan ahead and save time in the grocery. Your family isn't sticking their tongue out at the dinner table, and you're good at managing your grocery budget.
If You Scored 24-30, you are a Meal Planning Ninja.
You are a legend on your block. You create thirty (30) day meal plans and organize folders with coupons and circulars. You once went to the grocery store and bought $200 worth of groceries for $50. You have emergency casseroles in your freezer, and some extras for when the couple down your street has their third child.
Improve Your Meal Planning Score with Food on the Table
Whether you're a Novice, a Pro, or a Ninja, we can all find ways to streamline our meal planning practices. Try Food on the Table's meal planning software to easily reap all the benefits of meal planning. Food on the Table gives you the following information so you can create a meal plan in less than thirty (30) minutes:
- Sales from your local grocery stores,
- Fast and kid-friendly recipes,
- Personalized weekly meal plan,
- Aisle by aisle printable grocery list.
Here's how it works:
- Select weekly sale items from your local grocery store circular,
- Choose what your family is in the mood for this week,
- Compare sales at your favorite grocery stores,
- Browse through thousands of easy recipes,
- Email or print your grocery list, or send it to your iPhone.
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