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How to Meal Plan

Let’s start with basic meal planning. Meal planning is so important and prevents families from eating out or hitting the drive-thru. It’s a good idea to pick out easy recipes you know your family enjoys and use them on a rotation. Let’s start small and just focus on the evening meal. Some people call this supper while others call it dinner. To each their own! For example, one week’s rotation might look like this:

Sunday: crock pot roast with vegetables

Monday: spaghetti

Tuesday: tacos

Wednesday: soup and sandwiches/grilled cheese

Thursday: baked potato and salad bar

Friday: homemade pizza

Saturday: leftovers

Once you get a couple of weeks figured out, simply put them on a rotation to make your life easier. If you have a dozen or so meals you know your family loves, you can also stock up on the ingredients when they go on sale. Simply put, meal planning does just that - it gives you a plan for all of your family’s meals in a given week. It makes it easier to create a grocery list or do a grocery pick-up order while also saving you money.

Meal planning is just one easy way to save money. There will be more to come on how to use the sale flyer from your local grocery store to meal plan, how to make and stick to a budget, and easy ways to save at your local dollar stores.


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