This 20-30 minute task can save you tons of money each week in several ways. It doesn’t have to be fancy as you can see from my chicken scratch above, just anything that works for you.
- avoid take out because you didn’t plan for dinner
- stop multiple trips to the grocery store for this and that
- helps you build your grocery list
- can keep your pantry current by using what you have
- keeps the dust off your cookbooks!
Over the years I’ve gone back and forth between menu planning, not menu planning, sometimes doing it, sometimes not. Nowadays it’s pretty much part of my routine. Let me expand on the items above:
avoid take out because you didn’t plan for dinner
Each week when planning my menu, I keep my grocery list right next to me and build that as well. If I didn’t do this, I would end up running to the local high priced grocery store because WalMart is twenty minutes away and that’s too far (40 minutes round trip plus parking, shopping, standing in line, you just spent an hour or more out of your day!). My grocery list and my menu plan go hand in hand and work together well.
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