When planning your meals, don’t buy food you don’t need. That’s because taking a look at the recipes you’ll be using, knowing what’s on sale and knowing what ingredients you already have in your pantry. Then you make your shopping list with just what you need.
This means that you no longer buy things you might use at random because it seems like a good idea at the moment. This means no unplanned trips to fast food places. You will eat healthy and at the same time save money.
Take the time to plan your meals before the start of the week.
This will speed up over time, but once you learn meal planning, start giving yourself at least 30 minutes each week to plan your meals. Take a sheet of paper and go to the kitchen.
Use shortcuts that save time
When you start planning a meal, there are a number of methods you can use. For example, there are a variety of apps for planning and recipe sites to find new recipes to try. But not everyone has enough time to spend on this kind of meal planning. Then a tip is to try services like HelloFresh.
It is a service that makes planning your meal much easier. Simply choose the recipe you want to cook and bring all the ingredients home smoothly. The produce is always fresh and the meals are nutritious and really taste good. The best part is that most recipes take less than 30 minutes to cook and there is no food waste.
Search your calendar
Your meal plan should fit into your schedule. So check out what’s going to happen and plan ahead. You may need to double a recipe to feed the whole family this week or have a quick meal ready for the evenings you have to take the kids to and from activities.
See through pantry, fridge and freezer
If something happens soon, use it before it’s too late. Also incorporate some of what you already have into your meal planning this week. You can save money by going to the pantry and refrigerator – and avoid fully ripe vegetables that end up in the trash, which is a complete waste of money and food.
Search for recipes
Search online or ask friends for their favorite recipes. Then choose meals based on the ingredients you prefer and what you already have at home. If you try a new recipe and everyone is happy with it, save the recipe! Put it in a good old recipe book or keep it online. When you’re nervous for a week or don’t know what to cook, you can take a look in your recipe book and find recipes you know you like.
It’s time to shop
When planning your meals for the week, write down the things you need (including spices) to prepare these meals, and stick to the list. If you realize you forgot something you needed (because we all do), that’s okay. But the quickest way to break your food budget is to buy at random. A smart way to avoid a little spontaneous shopping is to make sure you are full and satisfied before going to the grocery store. This way you don’t end up in a candy trap when you go out, either.