“The average family spends $156.54 a week, or $13,900 a year on groceries and takeaway.”
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.
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In the meantime, let me know, do you meal plan? Why?
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