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7 ways meal-planning can improve your life

Posted by on Jul. 10, 2014 at 7:07 AM
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from savingdinner.com


July 7, 2014

7 ways meal-planning can improve your life

By: Leanne Ely

 

Let’s be honest. Not knowing what’s for dinner is one of the most stressful things that can happen in your day. Especially at 4 PM when someone inevitably calls wanting to know what’s for dinner!

Being the Dinner Diva that I am, I’m a sucker for some great tips and I have a few here that honestly, will improve your life (and the lives of those around you, too!)

1. Stay healthy. When you plan your meals ahead of time, you’re more likely to stay the course and keep it healthy. When you plan ahead, you’re also more likely to ensure that your meal is healthy and something less guilt producing than drive thru. :)

2. Spend less time at the grocery store. When you know ahead of time what you’re going to eat, you will be able to make a good, efficient grocery list. That helps you to get in and out of the store quicker.

3. Spend less money. Speaking of getting in and out of the grocery store, when you plan your meals, you put an end to that silly crazy practice of having to run to the store to pick up an ingredient that you need to pull together a certain dish. (And how often do you leave the grocery store without an item or two that you didn’t actually need?!)

4. Throw out less food. And buying less items that you don’t use means less food waste. Nobody wants to throw out a rotten zucchini that ended up forgotten at the bottom of the crisper drawer! Yuck!

5. Get meals on the table faster. Planning your meals allows you to prep ahead of time. Meal planning also reduces the amount of time you spend standing in front of the fridge wondering what to make for supper—yikes!

6. Planned leftovers. When you have your meals planned out for the week, you can easily plan leftovers for lunch the next day. This is a great way to save time and money!

7. Less stress. If you’re hearing “what’s for dinner” over and over and you don’t always seem to have an answer, you’re probably feeling a little stressed when dinner time rolls around. Meal planning puts an end to that!

by on Jul. 10, 2014 at 7:07 AM
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ablackdolphin
by Bronze Member on Jul. 29, 2014 at 10:34 AM
I believe that!!!
TwinSoccerMom
by Bronze Member on Jul. 29, 2014 at 12:25 PM

I agree 100%!  I do less formal meal planning during the summer when our schedule isn't so busy. But I still know what meals I am making for the week before I go to the grocery store but not necessarily on what days unless something involves a quickly perishable ingredient. During sport's seasons and we are on the go several evenings a week so it is essential to know what we are having and when. No drive thru temptations that way!

momofsixangels
by Silver Member on Jul. 30, 2014 at 8:44 AM

I agree.

Whereismymind
by Member on Jul. 30, 2014 at 9:33 AM
I agree, I used to plan meals out by the month then I stopped for a while and recently started again. I know remember why I did it before
proudmommy690
by Bronze Member on Aug. 1, 2014 at 6:32 PM
True
letstalk747
by Bronze Member on Aug. 2, 2014 at 10:28 AM

i agree

melliburger
by Bronze Member on Aug. 3, 2014 at 12:19 AM

Nice list :)

Angela4boys
by Bronze Member on Aug. 5, 2014 at 2:29 PM
Agree with all, 6 and 7 are my favorite reasons.
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