Why Do You Need a Meal Plan?
Meal Planning was a foreign concept to me when I was first living on my own. I didn’t grow up knowing what to expect for dinner and I rarely knew what it was like to have a consistent lunch. Breakfast was usually cereal or pop tarts before school with pancakes reserved for Saturdays or Sundays. Some of my favorite memories are waking up to bacon sizzling on the griddle and coffee dripping merrily into the pot. I’m not sure where I first heard about Meal Planning, but I admit, I didn’t like the idea at first. I thought it would be too constricting, boring, and predictable. Little did I know how much freedom it would actually give me, and how generously it helped us reach our goal to become debt free in less than 3 years of marriage.
Monday//Meatless Monday – Black Beans and Rice + Salad
Tuesday//Taco Tuesday – Chicken Enchiladas + Refried Beans
Wednesday – Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops + Broccoli
Thursday – Hamburgers + Sweet Potato Fries
Friday – Homemade Pizza + Salad
Saturday – Either leftovers or going to visit the in-laws
Sunday – Leftovers or Nachos
5 Reasons Why You Need to Meal Plan
1) Meal Planning spares you from frantically figuring out what’s for dinner, it gives you the opportunity to plan ahead so you have everything ready to go the night before, and it makes the question, “What’s for dinner?” easy to answer!
2) Meal Planning gives you the opportunity to plan within your budget and spend only what you need to at the grocery store
3) Americans waste an estimated 70 BILLION pounds of food a year. That’s billion with a Big fat B! It’s sad when you think of all of the starving people in the world, and here we are throwing away leftovers like it’s nothing. I’m so guilty of this, which is why I’m thankful meal planning helps you not WASTE your money and your food, giving you the chance to plan out your meals using your freshest produce and food FIRST so you don’t literally throw money in the trash can in the form of food.Meal planning puts more money in your wallet and food on your table! Click To Tweet
4) Meal Planning gives you a rhythm of meals, so you can plan fun themed days like “Meatless Monday”, “Taco Tuesday”, “Casserole Wednesday” Etc. You don’t have to stick to it like a rigid set of rules, but it helps give you a starting point so you’re not stressing over what to make by giving you a template to work with.
5) It keeps you from eating out more, when you know what you’re going to be making for dinner, it prevents you from spending money going out to eat and wasting food that is already waiting for you in the fridge. We like to plan out when and where we want to eat out so it gives us something to look forward to each month, and we can do it guilt free because it’s already planned in the budget.
I could go on and on about how much Meal Planning has been a stress reliever for me and has helped us stay within budget to make us and keep us debt free!
Meal Planning Provides Freedom
Meal Planning is something I’ve done off and on since we’ve been married, but I notice a marked difference in my stress level, budget, and sanity when I don’t have one. I love knowing that I’m saving my family money, being wise stewards of the resources that God has given to us in both food and money, and it provides me with plenty of opportunities to share of that abundance because I’m not stressing out over what to make or if I’m going to have enough. I’m able to plan ahead of time, it keeps us from eating out a lot thus saving us money and helping our food not go to waste, it provides a template for us so we can rotate through fun meals each week, and it helps us keep more money in our wallet in order to give more.Meal Planning removes the overwhelm Click To Tweet
Whether you’re single or feeding a family of 10, Meal planning will open the doors for you to not only serve your family but serve others to.
What’s on your Meal Plan this week?
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