My love for menu planning should come as no surprise, to those of you who have been around for a while. I have been planning a menu almost every week since my husband and I got married, nearly 4 years ago.
I’m going to go as far as saying that menu planning is a must if you want to lower your grocery bill and regain some sanity!
Menu Planning will save you money
I can guarantee that if you decide to only follow one of the suggestions I’m laying out in this series, you’ll save heaps of cash with menu planning. You’ll be using ingredients you already have in your pantry and only buying what you need to implement the menu you’ve created. Not to mention, everything you buy will be accounted for, so nothing will go to waste. When you have to throw something in the trash, it’s like throwing money out the window!
By planning ahead, and buying groceries once a week, I save myself many unnecessary trips to the store. In my experience, each trip for something “little” usually ends up costing me more than I intended!
Also, by having a menu plan and the ingredients I need, I’m less tempted to eat out!
Menu Planning will help you regain sanity
It’s 5pm, everyone is starving and whining and you don’t know what to make for dinner. Either you head to a restaurant againor scramble to the grocery store and throw ingredients in the cart you hope will create a decent meal. (and stand in line forever because the line-ups are loooong)
If only you sat down at the beginning of the week, planned your menu and planned a day to get groceries. You could have completely avoided the frustration of that situation.
That may be an extreme example, but maybe not for some of you!
If you’re new to menu planning and wondering how to begin, starting on Friday, I’ll share some tips and tricks that should get you going in the right direction!