The value of meal planning
Meal planning is something I do not do often enough and yet every time I sit down and plan my meals for a week, I can see why it is such a good thing!
One item that has helped inspire me to start meal planning again are the meal planning/grocery list sheets (with a magnet that sticks to my fridge) that my friend Beth gave me for my birthday!
As you can see, my ideas change as the week goes on, so I guess I should start writing in pencil! 😉
Writing out what a week is going to look like helps me plan my grocery list accordingly, which means less money spent at the store than usual. On these particular sheets, having the grocery list right next to the meal plan is really helpful. I took this photo before I wrote out what I needed but on the sheet I used for this week, the grocery side was full!
Having a plan also helps leftovers get eaten and most of the time I end up using stuff that has been hanging around in the pantry for a while. So no wasting food either!
It’s also a good way to keep yourself accountable to healthy eating. I don’t like to eat too many meals away from home, for financial and health reasons, so seeing what days I plan to do this help me adjust for the rest of the week.
I hope to continue this tradition for the foreseeable future. I have this current list pad and another unopened one to go. Even if you just plan one meal a day (like dinner), you can save yourself a lot of time, money and hassle.
How does meal planning help you?