Plan a Menu
Menu planning is one of the best ways to stay within your food budget and alleviate the everyday stress of not knowing what to cook. The idea of menu planning, like food budgeting, may sound complicated and overwhelming, but after you do it once or twice, you will find it is easy. In fact, you will wonder how you ever got along without doing it.
Planning a Menu:
Why plan a menu?
Planning a menu will help you avoid:
- Going to the grocery store, loading up your cart, spending $100.00 or more, returning home to put all the food away, and then realizing you still have nothing to make for dinner. Let's be honest, we have all done it.
- Spending about 30 minutes or more every night trying to figure out what to eat for dinner. Menu planning means you spend 30 minutes or less per week figuring out what to eat. That is quite a time savings.
- Spending $40 on take out because you couldn't figure out what to make with ingredients in the pantry.
- Throwing out leftovers you forgot about in the back of your refrigerator.
Many people may think they hate to cook, but often find that what they actually hate is not knowing what to cook. When the plan is in place and you have all the ingredients you need to create a fast, easy, delicious, and nutritious meal, you may decide you actually like to cook!