Meal Planning…Months Later!

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A Few Months Ago, I Told You About My Journey of Meal Planning

I am here to tell you that I am still in love with it. Every. Last. Bit of it!  Click here to see the beginning of my journey.

When I first started my journey of meal planning, I knew things had to change.  Not only was I wasting valuable time every week grocery shopping, but I was also breaking my budget every darn week.  We all know how an unplanned or sometimes planned visit to the grocery store goes. Two words-Budget Buster!  It also wasn’t helping that I did not have the room in my budget to be doing it every single week.  I needed to find something different and I was desperate.  After the discovery of several blogs, I was very inspired to do meal planning, and it has been one of the best things ever.

Here are the BEST things about meal planning:

  1. Less Grocery Shopping Time= More Family Time or Time For Yourself.
    • This has probably been my most favorite thing about the meal planning!  I have actually stretched my big grocery shopping trips out to once a month!  It wasn’t hard to do, I was ready to do it after the first trip!  In fact, it is more difficult NOT needing to go the grocery store.  I still haven’t completely adjusted to it since it is one of my most favorite types of shopping!  I sometimes just stop by the store to help with the withdrawals…or because my family may need some milk. 🙂
  2. Less Grocery Shopping Time= Less Chance of Breaking Your Budget.
    • I do make a 45 minute trip to the city so I can go to two different stores.  These two stores not only save me a TON of money, but I also get everything I need in those two stops.  Normally when I make these large hauls, I spend around the same amount I used to spend on two weeks of grocery shopping.  On a side note, last time I went, one of the stores had really increased their prices. I was a little disappointed about this, but I still saved a lot of money.  Anyone else experiencing this?

  3. No More Frantic Race Deciding What Is For Supper
    • I used to start thinking about what I was going to make for supper at lunchtime.  My thought process would constantly swing back to that nagging question all afternoon. When I would get home, I would still be drawing a blank!  Secretly I was just hoping something would magically come to me, and, it almost never did.  When I would get home, I would wander around the kitchen, opening cupboards and the fridge thinking something would pop out and me-that didn’t work either. Now with meal planning, I can just look in the morning to see what is on the agenda for the day.  If I find that the meal I had planned for the day isn’t going to work, I just swap it with another already-planned meal.  If I need to pull out meat to defrost-my meal planner is going to tell me to. Easey-Peasy
  4. Again, More Time!!
    • Since I have been trying to add working out back into my schedule(read about that here), I use this extra time to work out for a half-hour.  I can’t seem to get my butt out of bed lately (anyone else?), so this extra time has been amazing!   Although, depending on your needs, it could also be spent with your children or catching up on a quick project.

These reasons may seem like small, but I cannot emphasize enough how much all of them have helped reduce some stress!  Everyone may have a different object to their meal planning, but what do you hope to accomplish out of it?

Get my Meal Planning Printable here!