Picture this, it’s 6 pm on a weekday and you are back from work and picking up the kids and all you can think of is “Where is the Food?”. Your kids are hangry. Yes “hangry” because they are hungry and tired and angry from the day’s work and they need food.
Now you are confused, you open up the fridge and try to figure out what to eat and feed the kids. You pick up the phone and call the pizza place and order some pizza. You have to wait another 30 minutes for the Pizza person to show up at your door. Ugh! The pizza is delivered and you tip the delivery person, eat your food and after about 1/2 an hour or so you feel guilty as you have spent about 25 dollars if not more on a dinner. Money out the door.
Now picture this, it’s 6 pm on a weekday, you pick up your kids and your kids say ” I am hungry, what’s for dinner mom?” Now you open the fridge take a prepped meal out, warm up the meal, sit at the dining table with the family and enjoy a relaxed meal. There is less stress and the world is in harmony.
We have all done the call the pizza delivery person, been there and done that.
For the more relaxed solution, it all revolves around meal planning for the week, so as to prevent the leakage of money from your wallet in addition to other benefits.
Over the past few weekends I have spent some time during the weekends planning our meals and it has worked wonders, because of the following reasons:
- I have seen our savings go up: I used to be an impulse buyer of food and as a result saw the impact of that to the bank account. By meal planning, I see a noticeable difference in how much I spend a week or in other words how much I am able to save.
- I am able to look through our pantry and use what we have at home, rather than going outside and buying things, thus preventing wastage of food.
- I tend to balance our meals a lot better. This means that I am able to provide nutritious meals to my family compared to the randomness of grabbing a pizza, where the nutrition value is lower.
- It frees up my time to spend with my family and to work on this blog.
- I do pencil in eating out during the week, but it is planned and I can look for places that serve nutritious meals like your local groceries salad bar or some other place, where it does not hurt my wallet.
- I involve my daughter during the meal planning process and negotiate what she would like to eat during the week. That process is always fun. She feels more involved in the process.
I am sure there are more benefits here that I am not seeing yet. I would be more than happy to share how I got started with the process of meal planning and what system I use to meal plan. Would love to hear your thoughts and what system you use for meal planning.