Planning out a weekly menu will help you save money and time. It will help you to be more organized with the food that you have in your house and will help you to quickly determine what you may need during your weekly grocery store visit.
In today’s terrible economy, and with so many people out of work, it’s sometimes hard for to save money and control weekly budgets. I thought I would share a method I use that has been a tremendous help.
Planning out a weekly menu is going to help you in several ways. First of all, when you get home from a long day at work, the last thing you want to deal with is what you’ll be deciding to make for dinner. You won’t have to worry about that, because your dinner is already listed on the weekly menu you planned (once a week). All you have to do is get to work putting it together.
Part of the weekly menu that I use looks something like this.
B – cereal with soy milk
L – garden burger
D – chicken primavera
Of course, there is an entry for each day of the week. Going through this exercise will help you save a little money and not let food go to waste. It will help you to quickly and easily write a grocery list based on the menu you have planned. It may also help save you money by preventing you from ‘overbuying’ at the grocery store if you stick to the list. Even though many of us write a grocery list before we go shopping, many of us still buy things we didn’t really need. Just ‘buy what you need’.
When planning your weekly menu, one of the important things is to come up with meals based on the food you already have stored in your home. This will help you practice ‘Store what you eat; eat what you store’. And it will also help you to keep rotating your food.
Planning the menu ahead of time not only helps you with better grocery shopping by assisting you into buying only what you need, but it also helps you to use your existing food wisely. It will also help you put together your meals a little easier. For example, if your menu says that Tuesday night you are having chicken for dinner, you know that Monday you can take some chicken out of the freezer and thaw it in the refrigerator for tomorrow night. Perhaps you can dice the veggies you need the night before. Only you know your time schedule.
It may sound really simple, but I’ll bet most of you don’t do this. It really does save time (and money).
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