PASCO — Honestly, I hate to cook (unless I’m in a weird mood), and I HATE to think about what to eat for dinner.
Not only does rushing home and thinking of what to cook a huge amount of stress, but there's also the amount of money I spend when I learn I don’t have any of the ingredients for a meal and have to rush to the store.
The reasons I took the plunge into meal planning, and the reasons I’m sharing them with you?
1. Planning your meals for the week allows you to be stress-free when you’re asked the dreaded question “What’s for dinner?!”
2. The key word here is "planning." Planning allows for you to look through what you already have stocked in your kitchen and plan around that. If you have ingredients that you need to use before they go bad and just can’t think of what to make, check out allrecipes.com and enter your ingredient list for meal ideas.
3. Limit the back-and-forth to the store time. Plan your meals, go to the store one time to pick up any ingredients your lacking and be done with it. This saves you time and money. Each time you go to the store, you’re likely to pick something extra that wasn’t on your list. Avoiding that means saving money.
4. Save money from not taking the easy road to a restaurant. With no commitments to your meals, it’s easy to say “Ugh, let’s just go pick up something,” which is pricey!
I sit down every Sunday and brainstorm what we have in the freezer, fridge and cupboards and think about what we can make with it. I write down the meal plan for dinner the next week, make a list of groceries I need and make a trip to the store.
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