We need to have a quick pow-wow. A short little heart-to-heart here.
I really, really, really need you to move from a “Type None” meal planner to a meal planner. Just a meal planner.
Nothing crazy, nothing complicated.
I’m all about simple.
And I’m all about equipping you to start meal planning.
Here’s what I need you to do right now.
- Go somewhere in your house, your kitchen, your ‘hub’, your planner…wherever you keep track of things.
- Write down 3 meals that you can have this week. Write down 5, if you’re feeling confident and up for more of a challenge.
- Do NOT write down what meals will go on what day. Just the meals.
- Then write down the ingredients you’ll need to make those meals.
You’re done. That’s it. Don’t do anything else.
Go shopping when you have time, get what you need. Then make those meals throughout the week.
If you’d like to download this handy little printable to help with this, here you go.
Later, you can graduate to a more in depth kind of meal planning. But this is all I want you to do for now. Because something is better than nothing.
If you’d like to add a little more structure to this simple concept, check out this Theme Nights idea.
Meal planning is a HUGE part of spending less money on groceries…so huge, that I spend 3 of the 10 lessons in the Grocery Budget Makeover talking about it. I feel like it’s that important, and I really want to help you find a meal planning system and routine that’s going to work for you!
Erin “meal plans save time, money and sanity” Chase
P.S. Remember…”those who fail to plan, plan to fail.” You won’t start saving more money on groceries until you start planning on how you’re going to save on groceries…and meal planning is a huge part of that!