Tips for Weekly Meal Planning

If you’ve made yourself a weekly food budget, you know how important it is to stick to it. The question is: Are you making the right decisions when it comes to buying food based on how much you eat per week? Do you under or over buy? As I mentioned in other blog posts, I’ve realized the importance of buying freezer meals-they last longer than fresh food and you don’t have to eat it all at once. Also, buying food in bulk can save money in the long run. When it comes to fresh food, you need to decide what meals you’ll be eating the food with or else it will go to waste (I’ve been guilty of this!). This all comes down to weekly meal planning.

Make meal planning easier by knowing: Exactly what you’re going to eat every meal, how much food you need to buy, the cost of the food and what foods will last the week or longer.

Tip: It’s also helpful to know what you already have at home that can go with your meals, so it’s best to make a list at home. I’m guilty of making a mental list of what I need and spend way too long at the grocery store trying to remember what I already have at home.

Basically, the longer your food lasts, the farther your money will go. Personally, my meal planning is about 50/50 with fresh and frozen/pantry items. Because I know what fresh items I need to buy each week, it will save time on meal planning. I can incorporate the fresh foods into weekly meals without over planning on what to eat. This also saves me from buying extra food-like if I want a small dose of something but don’t plan to incorporate it into another meal then I’ll wait until I plan an entire meal around that specific food.

What are some tips you have for meal planning?

Author: stylestomakeyousmile

Hi! Welcome to Styles to Make You Smile. I’ll be sharing my tips on shopping, cooking, health and more. These are tips that will provide you with a realistic lifestyle. What inspired me to start this blog is to encourage people to make their life simpler by providing smart style tips to make life easier. To tell you a bit about myself; I’m 30 years young, love shopping, and taking pictures (especially of food and the outdoors) and have wonderful family and best friends. I grew up in the country of Upstate NY, danced for 17 years and have worked in the retail industry for over ten years. Please feel free to email me for any collaborations/advice. I hope this blog inspires you to try new things in your everyday life and you join me on this journey as I share my advice with you. <3 Always, Amy Beth

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