August 26, 2012

It’s all the rage among my circle of twenty-something, recent college grad, budget-concious peers. (That, and saying “YOLO.”) I had heard from a variety of people that it was like, the best thing ever organizationally and financially. David and I decided to try it when we were first married and now we’re hooked. Saturday I plan which meals I will cook and create a grocery list. I dramatically unveil the meal plan on our kitchen chalkboard and Dave kindly acts very interested. Then, Sunday we do all our shopping for the entire week.

Why it rocks:

  1. Saves lots of money. Meal planning-enthusiasts argue most people buy far more than they need because they just grab whatever looks good once they’re at the store and have no overall plan for actual meals to make with what they buy.
  2. Less stress. There’s not “what should we have for dinner tonight?” every night. I spend one hour of set aside time on Saturday deciding for the whole week. It makes it cooking much more enjoyable.
  3. Fewer trips to grocery store. I am totally the person who would otherwise end up going to Kroger everyday to just get two things.
  4. It is healthier. I think I’ve noticed an unintentional side effect that we snack less because I know exactly what I will eat and when.
  5. When questioned what he likes about it, the husband said, “I get really excited reading the chalkboard early in the week. It reminds me of when I was younger and my mom told me what we were having for dinner and I could get excited in anticipation.” Yes, he’s adorable.

We budget $125 dollars weekly for the five of us and eat plenty of tasty, high quality food – and we’re sometimes under budget.

Any other meal planners out there? Do you like it or love it?

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  • Kristin D.

    I fought off meal planning for so long because I just didn’t like to cook. I tried meal planning a few times in the last 4 years I’ve been married but never stuck with it. (I rather clean, organize or decorate!) However, circumstances changed and it forced me to “put my big girl pants on” & just do it! It’s only been a few months but I’m really starting to like it & for the exact same reasons you listed!! My hubby even gets excited like yours, we share a meal calendar on our iPhones where I post the meals each week & they pop up on his phone. The thought of cooking & grocery shopping always stressed me out before but meal planning has helped so much with that & dare I say I might be actually starting to enjoy the whole process.

    Thanks for your blog, I know I have quite a few of your recipes pinned!

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