Life can get hectic. Here are 5 Ways Meal Planning Can Make Your Life Easy. These family meal planning tips will help you save time and money.
Life is so hectic, isn’t it? I used to think “well, we just have to make it through this week and next week will be so much easier”. The only thing was, I kept thinking that week after week. Something needed to change.
Meal planning was the key
You wouldn’t think that something so simple could make such an impact but it does. Not convinced? I’ll show you five ways meal planning can make your life easy.
5 Ways Meal Planning Can Make Your Life Easy
1. It can set a positive tone for the week.
Let’s start with the big one.
Meal planning can set the tone for your whole week. Think back over the last week.
How many times were you faced with the question of “what’s for dinner”? How many times did you have to scramble to figure out the answer to that question at the last minute?
Eliminating the stress of trying to figure out day after day what you’re going to feed your family is so freeing. I feel such a sense of calm when I know that our meals for the week are sorted out.
No more rushing. No more dinnertime panic.
Even learning to meal plan can be easy and stress-free. The Meal Planning Method with Randa Derkson lays it all out for you in simple steps.
2. It will save you money.
When you plan ahead, you can make the best use of your food budget.
You have time to peruse the weekly flyers and plan meals around some of those deals. You’ll be able to anticipate leftovers and incorporate their use into your weekly plan. It’s good for you and good for the planet because you’ll be able to reduce food waste.
You’ll have a well planned out list to take to the grocery store, ensuring that you can buy just what you need and nothing that’s going to come home with you, only to become a science experiment in your fridge.
Best of all, you can get rid of that last-minute rush through the drive-through.
3. You can save time.
Sitting down to meal plan once a week ultimately saves you time over the course of that week. Sure, it’s an initial investment of time to do a little planning, but you’ll get faster and faster at meal planning as you go along.
Half an hour of planning can save you hours and hours of rushing out to the grocery store 5 times in one week. It can save you all of that “what’s for dinner” worrying time. It can definitely save you that mad rush through the kitchen, searching fridge, freezer, and pantry to try to figure out what kind of meal you can throw together with what’s available.
It even gives you the time to have some quick and easy meals because you’re using your leftovers.
For example, if you’re roasting pork tenderloin on Sunday, you can plan to use the leftovers as pulled pork sandwiches on Tuesday. Having mashed potatoes for dinner tonight? Plan to make extra for Shepherd’s Pie later in the week.
4. You and your family will be eating much healthier.
If you aren’t meal planning, how are you dealing with dinnertime? For many people, that answer is fast food, takeout, or pre-packaged convenience foods. When you have a plan in hand, you can choose healthier food options ahead of time for yourself and your family.
5. It will help prevent that frantic dinnertime feeling.
Facing your hungry family with no dinner plan can make for a lot of stress.
Meal planning means no last-minute rush!
You know what you need to get at the grocery store.
You know what needs time for marinating or defrosting.
You know that Thursdays are your crazy-busy day so you need to prep a super simple meal ahead of time for that day.
Let’s face it. Life throws a lot of curveballs at us. Meal planning can make your life easy by putting you back in charge.
Not sure how to get started? Let me help you! The Meal Planning Method can show you step by step just how easy it is.
Randa Derkson is a busy mom of two, obsessed with trips to Disney, Culinary Nutrition Expert, and sick of the overwhelm when it comes to health. She’s the head nutrition expert at RandaDerkson.com where she’s committed to making healthy living easier.