For the longest time we didn’t worry about meal planning. We lived right next to a grocery store and, at that time, we only had one child. Every day at four o’clock we would start thinking about what we would have for dinner. With that we would look at what we needed to cook a healthy (or not so healthy) dinner.
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Now since you’re here wondering about meal planning I probably don’t need to tell you that that was a very expensive and very time consuming way to live our lives. Not only the every day trip to the store, but also the every day temptation of buying something that we didn’t need. Man, those supermarkets know how to make you NEED stuff, you never knew existed.
Six years ago, we moved to the countryside it was no longer convenient to shop every day, and we had to change our habits. We moved to a bigger house with a cold room for storing food, and shops are now 10 minutes away by car. That lead to meal plans, buying in bulk and with that a lot of money saved.
How to get started with meal plans
Yes, that is all well and good, Malene, but HOW do I get started. Dont worry – I´ve got you!
Before you get started with meal plans I suggest you write down what you eat during the week. This is easier if you look at the meals one at a time. What are you having for breakfast. Write down what every person in your family is having and try to get an overview of how much food you need for your breakfast. Then write down lunches include everything like snacks or drinks. And in the end write down your dinners. What are you having remember all of the salads and sides. If you go out a lot try and write down what you’re having.
This list will give you an idea of how much food you need in a week. Maybe your family that only eats three times a day. Or maybe your family that eats five or six times a day. Your meal plan needs to reflect your family.
Now that you have an idea about what you eat in a week try to write down all of the dinners that you can cook by heart.
What are your go to recipes? The recipe is you know that everyone in your family I happy to eat when you make them.
From here on my meal planning technique is quite simple. I write down the days of the week at the top of the page. Then underneath each day I write down what we’re having for dinner. Then I go through each meal in my head and write down all of the ingredients that I need to buy for that meal.
If there is something that we have in the house already I don’t add it to my shopping list.
I try to write down the things that I’m buying in categories. So for instance if we’re having hotdogs I am right down the sausages and one row and the bread in another. That way when I later on come to the lunches and I add the lunch bread I write that in the same row as the bread. This way I can easily get an overview once I’m at the shop of what bread I need to buy. This saves me a lot of running back-and-forth and makes shopping so much easier.
I really love this technique and this has saved us so much money and so much time. But sometimes you do need some inspiration on what to do with dinners so that you’re not stuck eating the same thing every week. For that I recommend the healthy meal planning bundle.
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What others are saying!
While I appreciate that you trust what I say, when I recomend this to you – there are many others that loves this bundle to. Here are some of the testimonial from happy customers that have already purchaed the bundle
I really enjoy learning about other healthy food options. My family is weighing the benefit of changing our diets and this bundle is a great introduction to all the amazing diets available, without breaking the bank! Now that we know what some of these diets consist of we are able to make informed decisions regarding our menu without doing a bunch of extra research. It’s all there for us in the bundle!
The meal planning bundle has reminded me of a few things I’d forgotten, and helped me realize a few things that were entirely missing from my planning! It is also helping me get focused in the kitchen. With the great variety of recipes and types of planning, I know that I will be referencing the materials as my life seasons change.
I have stuck to meal planning for three weeks now and it has lowered our grocery bill! I like trying new recipes.
Others often email me and ask me questions about this bundle so I thought I might as well address them straight away.
“We are vegan – is there something in this bundle for us?”
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“Our kids are quite picky eaters – will this bundle be for us?”
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“Okay so Im almost ready to buy it, but what if there is nothing in there for me?”
Did I mention how awesome ultimate bundles are? They give you a 30 day money back garantee – try it out! Im sure you will like it. If you dont – email customerservice at ultimate bundles and they will help you out!
Thats all of my best tips for meal planning. If you have any questions about this please send me a message and I will try and answer.
What is your best meal planning tip??
Until next time,