Five big reasons to meal plan.

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“The average family spends $156.54 a week, or $13,900 a year on groceries and takeaway.”

This is according to a recap on a show called “Eat well, for less?

1. The cost.

What do you spend a week on groceries and takeaway? Statistically, Australia is one of the more expensive countries for food shopping. In January I totalled my spending off my bank statement and I was shocked by the amount being spent. This is my number one reason for meal planning.

2. Time saving.

I’m a busy working mum. I don’t have time or energy (who’s with me?) to think about what to cook every night that will have the nutrients required to nourish my family as well as be on the table and ready in time.

3. Less wastage.

All these points are linked together. Meal planning means more organised pantries and fridges, knowing what’s in there and eating it before it’s too late!

4. Anyone can shop, anyone can cook!

Previously it was up to me on what to cook and when, what to buy, where and when. Now all these things are already decided, and hubby can pick up the shopping, or start dinner (and does, he’s amazing!).

5. Predictability and variety

I don’t know about your kids, but mine can be pretty fussy eaters. By having a plan in place there’s the ability to answer any “what’s for dinner” questions, as well as preparing them for what’s coming if it’s not a favorite. Before I adopted this method, although I wrote up a quick list, usually we ate similar to that of the week before.

There you go, the 5 biggest reasons that I meal plan, as a busy working mum, I want to spend every moment I can intentionally.

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What’s my point? Meal planning saves time, money, reduces wastage, gets the family involved and creates predictability.

Want to dive right in? Here’s how I do it.

In the meantime, let me know, do you meal plan? Why?

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20 thoughts on “Five big reasons to meal plan.

  1. Great post!! Whenever I go grocery shopping, I would take out my calendar and plan what to be cooked on the coming days before I buy anything. Hong Kong grocery is expensive too (if we avoid buying those from China) but still cheaper than eating out.

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      1. Thx so much!! Will try to post some more later. Recently am getting a bit too busy (and lazy) to write. 😅
        I love fresh and imported groceries from Australia and other parts of the world. More expensive but totally worth it. 😋

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  2. I’m a planner and don’t know how I’d survive without meal planning,. As I started becoming aware of other people’s shopping habits, it was a big surprise me to learn that most people don’t. You’ve given excellent information to help encourage others to do it!!! Great post!!!

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  3. I love meal planning!! I love being organized. I go to the store and prep my meals every Sunday and feel like I’m saving so much money. It’s nice having everything at the house and only having to go out for staples that you run out of throughout the week.

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