Planning a Month of Meals
When I first heard of people planning out a month of meals for the entire month, I thought they were doing the most. Why would anyone want to do that? It made no sense, until I saw a video of someone actually doing it. She explained the why and the how. It then clicked to me that it really does make a lot of sense. It takes less time than I thought it would and it really helped me have an outline of the monthly meals.
The most important thing beside of the time saving benefits it has is the budget part of it. Planning out my meals I was able to set a weekly/monthly grocery budget. See, I was that person who would go to the grocery store with no clue of what I really wanted to cook for the week, so I would just pick up any and everything.
I was also that person who would go to the store 3-4 times a week because we had nothing to eat. Yep, I would buy food and then go back to buy more because we never had what we needed to complete a meal or what we wanted to eat.
I am also wasting less food each week by planning out our meals. Things that don’t get eaten can be carried over to the next week. null
Yep, that’s right I plan a month of meals at a time. I do this for many reasons, but the major reason is that it frees up my time. We all know that time is one of the most important things we have. Time is money as some people say, but time is precious and making the best of my time is essential it is how I show myself care. The ability to free up time to do other things such as love on myself and my family is such a great feeling. I’m trying to live my best life and by planning out certain things help me do that. I am going to share tips for planning out a month of meals.
5 Tips for Planning a Month of Meals
- Review your calendar. Make a note of all the things you have coming up for the month. Trust me this helps because you are able to plan meals that fit your scheduled.
- Make a list of 20-30 meals that you already cook or that you would like to incorporate into you monthly meals. Think about what you ate in the last month. What was a hit with your family.
- Print out a calendar for the month. This is so you can easily write down the meals for each day. If you prefer you can use a planner that you already have or use a digital calendar
- Don’t forget to add some days that you will eat out, holidays, or have left overs.
- Remember not to stress. This is not something that is carved in stone. The plan can change. I have switched days because something came up.
You Can Do It!
I weekly shop for items for the upcoming week. I have seen were people shop for the entire month. I am not there yet and plus I love shopping. I have a weekly budget of $100 and having this plan helps me stay on budget.
This month I am incorporating left over Friday’s. This is where all the food that was left over Monday – Thursday becomes dinner for Friday. You know the dinner that was left and you did not have enough for everyone to have left overs. My family will get choose from that on Friday or they can have a sandwich.
I really cannot tell you how much have a monthly meal plan has enhanced my life. It takes a little stress out of my life. I can avoid the “What are we eating” question that my kids have all the time.
Like I always say, planning things in life really is a form of self love and care. This is how I live and extend love and care to myself. Remember self love and care is an everyday action that we do to better us and our lives.
*Do you meal plan? Let me know if these tips help you meal plan for the month.