I’ve been a meal planner since I was dating my husband – so for more than 8 or 9 years. We would do our grocery shopping together, even though we weren’t living together, and meal planning just kind of happened.
1. Save on time. I know people who visit the grocery store every day, or every other day. I don’t have time to do that. I want to have everything on hand so I don’t have to worry about fighting crowds at 5:00 and wondering if I can really have dinner on the table by 6. (The answer would be “no.” I can’t have dinner on the table at 6 if I’m shopping at 5.)
2. Cut calories. Even if I have the best intentions of getting the healthiest item on a menu, it’s still going to be far more calories than what I’d eat at home.
3. Peace of mind. I like having things mapped out. I can have everything written out, and while I can move meals around depending on time or taste preference, it’s nice to know that I at least have a plan. Plus, when my husband is asking “what’s for dinner?” we can both look at the paper on the refrigerator.
4. Save money. I don’t know about you, but the average price for a meal out (for me) is around $10 or more. It’s rare if I can get something for much less than that after you factor in tax or tip. I can cook for far less money. (Thanks to eMeals budget friendly plan, I will be planning meals for EVEN less!)
5. Stay on track. Are you trying to eat paleo or clean? Or how about gluten free? It can be difficult if you’re not planning out your meals and snacks. I like to make a lot of slow cooker meals and the last thing I want is to be unprepared when prepping the meal the night before. (Are you sensing a theme here?)
If you have a resolution for eating healthy in 2015, maybe meal planning is a good goal to make. Right now you can get a jump start on meal planning with a two-week free trial of any of the eMeals plans. We’ve been using eMeals for over a year and this week I switched to the Budget Friendly plan to see what it’s all about. I’ve been happy with their slow cooker meals and the clean eating. I’ve also done the low fat meals which were great.
Best of all, I can always look back on previous weeks of meals and get ideas. I have over 13 months of recipes to choose from!
I’m currently working on planning for a full month, rather than a week. I’m curious to see if that will help my family. (Stay tuned. I’ll be posting a menu if all works well!)
Do you meal plan? Have you tried eMeals?
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