Are you frantically opening the cupboards at 5:00 p.m., trying to figure out what to cook for dinner? Do you order take-out more often than you’d like?
Meal planning to the rescue! By taking a few minutes at the start of every week or two, you can develop a plan. You’ll know what you’ll be eating each evening. You’ll have the groceries on hand.
In addition to lowering your stress, you’ll also start saving money. Here are six quick reasons meal planning keeps more money in your wallet:
1. You’ll Know What to Buy
A well-developed meal plan includes a shopping list. When you get to the grocery store, you won’t aimlessly be putting items in your cart. By sticking to your list, you’ll save money.
A list also keeps you from stocking up on items your family won’t eat. You’ll keep your pantry from being crowded with items you don’t use. Not buying these items also will save you money!
2. You Can Take Advantage of Sales
Conversely, once you’ve developed a meal plan, you’ll have a better idea of what your family is eating. If you see an often-used item go on sale, you can stock up. You can purchase with confidence, knowing that you use this item frequently.
3. You Can Use Coupons
When you meal plan, take a few minutes to scan for coupons. Then you can use those couponed items in your meals.
Be sure to check out the incredible coupons on iRazoo each time you make a meal plan. You can print them out and bring them to the store to redeem.
To find the latest coupons from iRazoo partner stores, log into your account. Then, hold your mouse over the “Earn Points” icon. When the drop down menu appears, click on “Grocery Coupons.” You’ll be taken to a page with coupons to print. These coupons will save you money, but they won’t earn you points towards gift cards.
4. You Can Shop Less
With a meal plan and shopping list, you’ll be able to pick up everything you need. You can eliminate some of those quick trips to just pick up one or two items.
The less often you head to the store, the less money you’ll spend! After all, if you aren’t in the store you won’t be tempted by any deals.
5. You’ll Use the Food You Have
How much food do you usually throw away? Each time you throw away moldy produce or mystery fridge contents, you’re throwing out your hard-earned money.
Sticking to your meal plan will help eliminate this food waste. You can plan to pack your leftovers for lunch. You can find recipes that use up any ingredients that are about to go bad.
Limiting your food waste will definitely save you money.
6. You Can Plan for Quick Meals to Accommodate Your Schedule
Life happens. That’s why having a few quick meals built into your menu helps. If you know that you have a pack of noodles and a jar of sauce in your cupboard, you can get dinner on the table in just a few minutes.
As you meal plan, anticipate your schedule that week. If you know you’ll be home late, plan a Crockpot meal. If you’ll have to eat on the run, plan sandwiches.
Quick meals help prevent unplanned trips to the drive-thru. They help keep your budget on track!
Save Your Meal Plans
Once you’ve created a meal plan and coordinated shopping list, hang onto it. You can reuse that same plan in a few weeks or a couple of months and save yourself time.
What Are Your Best Meal Planning Tips?
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