Menu Planning Tutorial Part 1: Why?

I cannot begin to stress how important it is for me to do weekly menu plans. It is important for me to provide nutritious foods to my family. Without planning ahead, I’d be lost!

So over the next few days I’ll go over some basic concepts of meal planning.I ‘ll also go over a few ways you can start to plan your family’s meals. But first, let’s go over why it makes sense and how it can save you time and money.

Meals plans can:

  • Meal planning saves time. When you start to plan your meals, you’ll no longer waste time at the grocery store every day, scrambling to find something you can make for dinner. Instead, you’ll go to the grocery store once a week and pick up all the items you need to make healthy and delicious meals for an entire week!
  • Eliminate (or at least decrease) the “What’s for dinner?” questions. I’m willing to bet you hear this question at least once a day if not repeatedly. You can create and print your meal plan and post it on the fridge for the entire family to refer to.
  • Make it easy for the kids and hubby to pitch in and help. When you post the meal plan for all to see, other family members can easily be assigned the duty of helping to prepare dinner or their own lunches for the next day. This is a great way to teach kids important skills and remove some of your daily stress.
  • Saves Money. you can plan your meals around your local grocery store’s weekly specials. This will be a lot cheaper than buying regular priced groceries, and as you know, regular priced groceries are still a lot less expensive than going out to eat or ordering take out!
  • Lessen unnecessary trips to the store. When you plan your meals ahead of time, there’s no need for quick stops to pick up dinner because you already know what you’re having and have bought it on your regular grocery trip.
  • Decrease impulse buying or guessing. You can quickly and easily create a grocery list for everything you need (and ONLY the things you need) when you go shopping.

I’ll be back tomorrow with Menu Planning Tutorial Part 2: Taking Inventory.

Looking for the next Lesson?

Part 2: Taking Inventory

Part 3: The Basic Methods

Part 4: Your Family Calender

Part 5: Your Recipes

Part 6: Your Grocery List

Part 7: Food Storage



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  2. Hi Cara,
    Planning ahead really does save us time, money and headaches. The time we spend planning is definitely worth it. This is a great article to encourage us to plan meals.
    All the best,

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