Meal planning can be a GREAT way to save big bucks.
It doesn’t have to be painful, either! There are ways to make meal planning super-simple, and so doable that it quickly becomes a habit. (It might even be fun to do your meal prep for the week.)
Why meal plan? For one thing, groceries and eating out can take a HUGE chunk of the budget each month. We spent an average of $679 per month on it ourselves last year. (Can you tell
we I love eating out?)
But that kind of spending isn’t really out of the ordinary.
Groceries and meals out are big budget busters
According to The Economics Daily, Americans spent an average of 11.2 to 15.4 percent of their household income on food in 2015.
That’s a LOT. It breaks down to somewhere between $3,767 and $12,350 per year on average, with lower income households naturally needing to spend a larger percentage of their income on food. (Of course some people spend more, and some spend less.)
But it’s not just about saving money.
The things you and your family eat matter
If you are what you eat, what would you be? (I might be a giant pizza right now, which is a problem.) The point is, eating the right things can improve your health and help reduce or eliminate issues.
Living better + spending less money on healthcare is another huge win if you ask me. Meal planning can make that easier too.
I’m a big believer in making things easy on yourself. The easier something is to do, the more likely it is that you’ll actually do it. Meal planning is one of those areas where this is especially true.
3 simple ways to meal plan
With that said, let’s talk about 3 simple ways to meal plan that can put you on the path to saving money and feeling better.
(Because not everyone likes to meal plan the same way!)
Take a look at each of them to see which feels like the best fit for you and your life. Then get started!