Meal Plan 101: The Meal Planner

Making the PlanWe now have our recipes and our master list. It’s time to plan our meals for the week.I generally plan one week of meals at a time usually the day before I intend to grocery shop. Planning any further out than one week usually spells disaster. All those once-a-month shopping people have my deepest respect. I cannot think […]

Meal Plan 101: The Master List

The Master List Is InvaluableOur master list is the single most important piece of my meal planning arsenal.Before I started using a master list of recipes my meal planning was disorganized and rather chaotic (read: expensive and wasteful).Remember that big recipe binder we talked about yesterday? It had some amazing recipes in it (even if they were expensive to make).But….it […]

Meal Plan 101: Recipes

Whether written or memorized, having the right recipes on hand will make or break your food budget. I learned a very valuable lesson when our income decreased by half… If we want to spend less money on food then we’re going to have to give up some things we love to eat in favor of things that are cheaper to […]

How A Meal Plan Saved Us Thousands

A meal plan literally saved us thousands. Yes, you read that correctly. Thousands! Nearly nine-thousand in fact! At the time, you absolutely could not have convinced me that having a meal plan would save us one dollar, much less nine-thousand. I was couponing, matching them with the sales, and stockpiling. In my mind, I was doing all the right things! […]