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Imagine not having to worry about what to cook for an entire month. Not having to make a grocery list each week or waste time aimlessly wandering through the store. Here’s how to create a monthly meal plan to save your time and your sanity!
While monthly meal planning isn’t for everyone, it can be a tremendous sanity saver if you are on a tight budget or want to save time by getting it done in chunks. I love the feeling of not having to worry about what to make every single day! Such freedom!
If it seems intimidating, don’t worry–we’re going to break it down! Pull out your recipe collection and let’s get started!
#3 – MAKE A SHOPPING LIST
Saving time and energy becomes even simpler if you have a ready to go shopping list for the week, every 2 weeks or even the whole month. Depending on how often you need fresh ingredients, you’ll plan this accordingly.
I found that making a monthly list for bulk, dry goods, canned and boxed ingredients and a weekly list for fruits, veggies and dairy worked the best for me.
Make a master shopping list by writing down all the ingredients needed for the meals, marking how much of common ingredients you’ll need (think dairy, dry or bulk). This is your chance to keep it simple, do a massive shopping trip and stock up, or break it into small and quick trips throughout the month.
This is also a great time to do a cost breakdown of meal ingredients for staple foods you buy if you’re on a tight budget and want to track sales.
#4 – MAKE ADDITIONAL MONTHS TO ROTATE (OPTIONAL)
To keep things simple, I recommend just having one month of meals, but if you have a lot of recipes you like to make, feel free to put together multiple months and rotate.
I have only a few meals that repeat throughout the month so in general, each meal is only eaten once a month. Not too bad! In the future, I may shake things up, but this was the most cost-effective way for me.
If you’re ready to simplify your meals, monthly meal planning will take so much stress off you. Set aside a chunk of time and let’s do this!