One of the easiest ways you can save some money at home is by planning your meals! It also has the added benefit of reducing your food waste, so it’s better for the environment too. It can be difficult to know where to start, especially if you’re not used to planning your meals in advance. Follow these easy tips to help get you started.
The first thing to do is decide what meals you want to make in the coming week. Look around for inspiration for something different than usual. This can come from anywhere! Take a look at magazines, food websites or blogs, in store recipe cards, or social media such as Facebook or Instagram. If you choose recipes that use some of the same ingredients, you can save even more money, as you won’t be buying an ingredient that you will only use once.
Make a list
Next, make a list before you go shopping- and make sure you stick to it when you’re there! Also, don’t forget to check your cupboards before you go. You might already have most of the ingredients you need, especially if your recipes are simple! By making a list, you will know exactly what you need to buy. This will stop you from needing to shop again during the week, where you might be tempted to pick up more food that you don’t need!
Consider meal prepping
Another thing you can do to save both money and time during the week is meal prepping. This involves making multiple meals and portions in one go, that you can then store to eat later on. The best benefit to meal prepping is that buying and cooking in bulk often saves money. Also, put a couple of hours away on a Sunday to meal prep for the week. If all you need to do it put your meal in the oven or microwave, it’s surprising how much time you can save!
There is no set rules when meal planning and prepping; it’s all about what works best for you and your family. Whether you plan and prep all of your meals or just a few, you will soon start seeing the benefits of a reduced food shopping bill and less food waste!