In Real Simple a few years back, I read that meal planning can save your family a boatload of money. I really took this to heart and have since made a big effort to plan our meals for the following week and grocery shop every weekend.
Meal planning allows me to only grocery shop once a week, which saves us BIG money. Most people will buy unnecessary items every time they go to the grocery store. So, if you make four trips to the grocery store in one week, you are probably spending a lot of extra money. I know this is definitely true for me. I cannot walk into the grocery store and only buy what is on my list. Simply not possible.
We also eat out a lot less now that I meal plan. This is also a huge cost savings. Not eating out also tends to be healthier. As an added bonus, Matthew and I find that we usually like the meals we cook at home better than what we eat at most restaurants.
The other big benefit, to me, of meal planning is that I am much less stressed about dinner. I come home from work knowing what we are going to have, and often will have already made part of the meal in the morning. That way I can spend more time playing with Elias and less time worrying about dinner. Efficiency rocks.
Do you meal plan? If so, what works for you?
Oh, and since we are talking about food, I have to share the video Matthew got of Elias last night. He was so tired that he kept falling asleep while eating his spaghetti. It was hilarious.
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