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If I had a dollar for every time my kids, or even my husband, has asked me what is for dinner, I’d be a wealthy woman!

While the No Plan Method of meal planning might work great for some people, sometimes I need a little more structure just to make it through the month.

As a mom of four kids and nine cats, if I wait until the last minute to figure out what’s for dinner we’ll end up eating out or calling for a pizza delivery.

The truth is, meal planning isn’t as tricky as it seems!

If you are a firm believer that meal planning stinks, I’m going to show you the many ways meal planning has changed my life.

Meal Planning Allows Me To Plan Ahead

When I create a meal plan for my family and me, I know exactly what I’m going to make every night.

This means when my family inevitably asks what’s for dinner, I have an answer!

For those of you who have small kids, you know answering “I don’t know” doesn’t work for them.

Having a meal plan in place lets me know when I need to start making dinner, when to set my crockpot for a busy night, and when we will likely have leftovers.

Instead of scrambling to put something together before one of my kid’s sporting events, I know exactly what I need to make.

Meal Planning Allows Me To Spend More Time With My Family

If you don’t have a meal plan in place, when dinner finally rolls around, you will spend more time in the kitchen trying to find something to make and get it on the table.

With meal planning, you know exactly how long your prep and cook time will be, so you can start prepping things earlier in the week if you’d like.

Even if you don’t, you will save yourself time by meal planning because you aren’t spending precious time deciding what you’ll make!

This means I can spend more time with my family, and less time in the kitchen.

Meal Planning Allows Me To Skip The Drive-Thru On Busy Nights

When our schedule starts to get crazy, our meal plan works even harder for us!

We use our schedule to create our meal plan, and because of this, we can plan for busy nights.

When we know we are going to be out late or don’t have a lot of time; we can use plan for something quick to prepare when we get home.

This means we aren’t wasting our money and food by hitting the drive-thru, and there is a nutritious meal waiting for us to make when we get home.

Meal Planning Allows Our Family To Waste Less

When you create a meal plan, you know exactly how much food you will need to buy for the week or month depending on how much you shop.

When you don’t know what you’ll be making, you’ll end up wasting more food, and overspending to compensate.

My meal plan allows me to see what I need to make each night to ensure I am not wasting any food, and I know I only have what I need each week.

Meal Planning Allows Me To Try New Things

When meal planning, you should try to incorporate at least one new dish into your schedule each week to keep things exciting.

Without a meal plan, trying new things is extremely difficult.

You don’t know how much food you have to work with, and since you are planning something each night instead of at the beginning of the week, you likely won’t have all the ingredients you need on hand.

When we create our meal plans, we make sure to include one new recipe a week, and we make sure we have everything we need to make it happen.

Meal Planning Saves Me Money

Since we aren’t throwing unused food away and we are only buying what we need, we are saving so much money!

I know before I walk into the store how much I am going to spend, and I can be sure that at the end of the week I won’t need to run to the store because I’m out of food.

Meal planning allows me to save money on groceries, and buy only what I need.

While meal planning may feel like a lengthy process, the benefits far out way any of the cons!

Meal planning will save you so much time, money, and stress later on.

So if you haven’t started meal planning yet, I highly suggest you give it a shot!

 

YOUR TURN: What new recipe have you tried in the last month? Did your family like it? Let me know in the comments below!

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