Save over $500 a Year – Meal Planning [part one]

Hey my fellow couponers!!!

Wow! I can’t believe it’s been a month since our last visit – but lets not waste
any time. I’ve come across some incredible information that I can’t wait
another moment to share with you!

I’m sure you are already aware of the large amounts of food that is thrown
away. But do you know what it is costing people across America?

One study reported that a family of four ends up throwing away an average of
$590
worth of perishable groceries per year such as
meat, produce, dairy and grain products.

Five Hundred and Ninety Dollars.
Just thrown away.

Can you imagine picking up your wallet, pulling out $500 and putting it in the
trash? With all the food that is being thrown away that’s basically what’s
happening…

Knowing exactly what you’re going to eat each week will cut down on,
not only your overall grocery bill, but on the amount of food (aka money)
that you end up throwing away.
The first thing to consider when planning out your meals is your schedule.

Are Tuesday’s soccer practice? Do you have Bible Studies on Wednesday
night? How about dinner guests? Or even lunch on the go? The list goes
on and on and, if your life is anything like mine, the week to week flow
of meals changes. A lot!

So plan for your schedule in your menu plan!

Got a busy week on the go? Stock the pantry and freezer full of adequate
staples like pasta, soup, or chili for quick and easy meals.

How about a house full of guests?
Search out those meals that feed a bunch of people without the ingredients
costing a ton.

But above just about anything else, DON’T snack on dinner ingredients!!!

Trust me when I say that there is nothing more annoying than getting all ready
to start cooking dinner only to find out one of your main ingredients has been
eaten…

If you find that you need snacks to hold on between meals go ahead and get
things like popcorn, or fruit.

And don’t be afraid to get creative.

When it comes to leftovers there’s only so many days you’re going to want to
eat spaghetti and meatballs. Mix it up and do meatball subs to use up that
leftover sauce! Or throw in some veggies and broth for vegetable noodle soup.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m a very visual person – I need to see a
picture example of what it is I’m trying to do.

So to help you create your own “mental picture” of what a menu plan looks
like I’m going show you step-by-step how to lay out a menu plan. And also
give you an opportunity to access a special tool especially for meal
planning/grocery shopping.

But this post is long enough as it is and I want the menu plan instruction to
lay fresh on your mind.

 

Talk to you Soon!!!

 

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