5 Reasons for Menu Planning

Do you feel like you spend a “fortune” on groceries and yet you never have anything at home to fix for dinner?

With a little planning you can know ahead of time what your family will be having each night for dinner that week.  You’ll also find yourself spending less money on groceries each week.  Pretty good deal, huh?

There are so many advantageous to meal planning. Here’s a few of them:

  1. Saves you time:When you take the time to meal plan, whether on your own or through a meal planning service, you’ll actually be saving time.  You don’t have to do the 5:00 stare into the pantry trying to figure out what you are going to fix or make extra trips to the grocery store during the week to pick up ingredients.  Sound familiar?
  2. Save money: Outside of mortgage/rent payments, grocery bills are the number one expense families have.  When you have a menu plan you eliminate the “impulse” buying, you don’t buy things you already have in your pantry and you don’t waste money eating out as much.
  3. Keeps Your Family Healthier: Less junk food, less eating out and planning healthy meals means your family will be healthier.  Who doesn’t want that?
  4. Waste Not Want Not: How many times have you cleaned out your fridge and found that the things growing in there could qualify as your kid’s school science project?   When we go to the store without a shopping list we’re more likely to purchase things we already have in our pantry or fridge.  Menu planning lets you check off the items on your list that you already have before you hit the store.
  5. Stress Buster: It’s amazing how much stress can be eliminated from our evenings just by menu planning.  No more rushing home from work and wondering what you’re fixing for dinner.  Or, no more long days at home with the kids and remembering at the end of the day that you don’t have a clue what you’re fixing. Evenings become calmer, dinner time is more pleasant and Mom is a happier camper.  What’s not to love about that?

What about you?  Do you like to plan your families meals for the week (or longer) or do you like to just “wing it”?  We’d love to hear your ideas.

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Lisa Holcomb

Lisa is co-founder of Build A Menu, an online menu planning website that helps families get their grocery bill under control and helps them to bring “dinner back to the table”. She is an advocate for family meal time, an author, and a public speaker.

Note: This Perspectives Blog post is written by a guest blogger of DrGreene.com. The opinions expressed on this post do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Dr. Greene or DrGreene.com, and as such we are not responsible for the accuracy of the information supplied. View the license for this post.

  1. Joann Woolley

    I have been wanting to get into meal planning for a LONG time and even signed up for a meal planning service… but when I printed out the week’s recipes and grocery list, my husband was less than supportive (he is one of our picky eaters in the family!)

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