Meal Planning Tips to Save Money and Sanity

Want to save money (aren’t we all)? Maybe TIME? Me too. If you like me…

You don’t mind cooking, you just don’t like thinking about it Luckily, with the meal planning tips below, you’ll be able to think less and save more when it comes to grocery shopping and cooking.

1. Schedule a time to plan

The number one rule to meal planning for beginners is to schedule out your meal planning time hebdomadally. The more consistent you’ll be, the more smoothly this may go.

So take a while to write down down your plan. I really like this cute pad (pictured above)… I don’t know why, but when you’ve got something cute to figure with, it seems to form the meal planning more fun!

While you’re making your plan, check out your schedule and choose what percentage meals you would like to plan – some meals will yield leftovers, so you’ll plan fewer meals (Yay leftovers!), otherwise, you may have dinner plans with people or other activities some nights.

2. Plan Food Scraps

One of the downfalls of many meal plans is the inability to plan food leftovers! Be it spaghetti or casserole, you will usually have food leftovers at least once each week. Failing to prepare for leftovers the inevitable food will cause you to waste food and spend more money on food you don’t need!

3. Pick easy recipes

Estimate what proportion time will you’ve got to organize your meals and choose recipes that slot in your schedule. If you recognize you’re getting to be busy, don’t plan elaborate meals for the week. Be realistic… are you actually getting to have TIME to make a meal that takes two hours to prep, 5 nights a week? If you’ll do that… props to you! But I do know for an incontrovertible fact that I can’t!

Instead, pick some easy recipes that need little effort. Slow cooker recipes, instant pot recipes, and 30-minute meals are getting to be the bread and butter of your meal schedule. Learn to like them!

4. Use your Ingredients

If you have a prescription that requires spinach, don’t let the rest be pointless! Plan a spinach-based salad or put it into a smoothie!

This can help you save your grocery bills because you’ll only buy what you need, and spend every last bit of the material you buy. You’ve spent your hard-earned money on them, don’t let them be wasted!

5. Shop Your Stock First

Before you make a meal plan, look-see your home and see what you already have. Is there any food you can consume? If the answer is no, see if you are just a few ingredients to make food.

This can be a great way to save on eating planning by avoiding stores. It will also help you avoid leftover food. You may have more food at home than you think! This is a vital tip if you plan on eating on a budget.

6. Has a theme

Another fun way to make choosing a recipe easier is to set a theme for each day of the week (i.e. breakfast for dinner, evening salad, Mexican night).

7. Register your favorite Recipes

Continuing from the tip above, it is much easier and faster to choose your prescription when you’ve made it listed. Trying to bring out ideas outside your head is too complicated.

By making a list of your favorite recipes and your family, when it comes time to make your meal schedule, you can see the list and choose the one you want to make that week!

8. Check the weather

Speaking of recipes, before you decide on your meal schedule for the week, check the weather forecast. Various conditions can make you want certain foods.

For example, if it’s going to be a rainy week you might want to plan a soup one night. If it’s going to be warm, you might want to bake something, and so on.

9. Try overlapping materials

Choosing a recipe for this week with some of the same ingredients will minimize how many items you need to buy. Plus, if you change your mind on a prescription, you can easily change it with a versatile ingredient.

10. Prepare meals First

On one of your holidays, take the time to prepare the ingredients you’ve bought for a week. Cook and season beef and/or chicken, cut vegetables first, etc.

You can even take this time to freeze certain ingredients if you buy in bulk.

11. Plan your meal plan around the sale

After I finished looking at what I had around my house, I issued a weekly ad for my grocery store. This lets me see what’s sold for a week to help give me an idea of what I should make. I call it planning a budget meal!

12. Prepare extra Food

With some recipes (food freezer!) You can make it double (or so), then freeze the portion that you didn’t use that night and save it for next week or next month. Having some food freezer on hand can save you on a very busy night.

13. Make Breakfast simple stay

When looking for something to add to our breakfast portion of the meal plan, we tried to keep things simple. When the morning arrives, the last thing I want to do is prepare something for breakfast, so having something quick is helpful.

14. Wrap your snack while you travel

One of the main reasons people eat out is because they don’t plan to travel out. If you have a lot of tasks to run and can’t get home for lunch, you’ll eat out guaranteed.

Before you go, make sure to pack your own snacks that contain protein to help keep your energy and hunger. It will keep you tense until you can complete the task and go home!

Be sure to drink plenty of water and dehydration can make you feel hungry! I always bring bottled water when I go.

15. Use Prepare

One very amazing thing you can do at Prepear is to build your weekly meal plan right in the app. Just find your recipes inside the app and add them to your schedule! Then, Prepear will create a grocery list for you.

If you have Prepear Gold, everything becomes easier. You can browse the food package market in the app to find hundreds of different pre-built food packages! You don’t know how much time this will save you.


When done right, meal planning shouldn’t be boring. If you’re planning food properly, you can save money on shopping for everyday needs, and save stress as you have to make something new every day!

Now you have read our super simple meal planning tips and you have an idea on how to make a meal plan, now it’s time to take action! Don’t wait until next week to start planning your meal, get started today!

Also, remember to try and have fun with your meal planning. The more fun it is, the more likely you will obey it.