My cyber-friend Phoebe gave us all a little frugal-thinking assignment this week. Her timing was good, as I’ve had a few questions asked lately about my meal planning strategy. Here’s the lowdown.
- How many weeks do you plan at a time? I always make sure I have a full week planned by Sunday evening, but I often pencil in recipes throughout the week as I find ingredients on sale or in the back corner of the pantry. *ahem* The most I’ve ever done at once is 2 weeks, but that didn’t work very well for me.
- How do you keep track of it all? I write my meal plan on our refrigerator, along with my daily to do list. I also keep track of it in my post drafts section of my blog. That way it’s ready to post Sunday night. As I record a recipe I check for ingredients and add anything I don’t have to my grocery list.
- How do you decide what to eat? That’s a loaded question! Our meals are planned based on what we have on hand, what I find on clearance at the store, what our schedule is, and even the weather forecast! I’m not making soup if it’s over 70° outside. Oh, and I try to rotate our protein and not have beef every single night.
- How has it helped you? Menu planning is one thing that is organized at my house! It has saved me money because I look to what I have and what’s on sale first, and it saves time because I’m not wondering throughout the day what we’re going to eat. It’s also made us healthier eaters because, by planning ahead, I can make more things from scratch.
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