Time (& Mile) Saving Menus

With the daily-run-around and juggling of schedules, planning meals can be a challenge. But looking for answers in the super market and forgetting items at the store can be a real drain on you and your pocketbook. Making weekly or bi-weekly meal plans not only benefits the health of your family, but it can also save you time and gas money.

Meal Planning Tips:

  • Take some time once a week to plan meals—start small by planning meals for a few days at a time to get into a routine.
  • Make use of list pads. A wide variety of list pads are available on the market today from simple refrigerator magnetized list pads to specialized list pads designed for different tasks.
  • Take note of what ingredients you already have and make incorporate foods that need to be used before they spoil.
  • Keep stocked-up on staples like flour, rice, canned goods oils and spices which you regularly use to avoid last minute trips to the store.
  • Don’t plan on making meals you don’t have time for. Save your three-layer lasagnas for nights you don’t have much going on and have quick and easy meals for busy nights.
  • Check the local ads for nearby stores. If your family is trying to cut back on spending, weekly store ads are a great way to save money and can even give you ideas for meals for the week.
  • Utilize Internet resources. Hundreds of meal planning tools and recipes can be found through a simple Internet search. Smart phone apps like Epi App from Epicurious are also available.
  • Double check your list and consult with family members so you don’t forget anything. Trips back to the store for that one item you forgot takes up time and costs money.
  • Keep your menu plan on the fridge or posted somewhere easily viewed (and you won’t forget it when taking off to the store).
  • Decide on the best day and time to get multiple errands done and be sure to avoid rush-hour traffic.

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