Meal Planning Tips to Save Time and Money
Take the stress out of making dinner by planning/preparing all your meals for the week in advance. This practice will help you stay on top of your busy schedule and save you time (and money) when you aren’t able to cook a full-blown meal. Read on for some meal prepping tips from the Brook Arbor Blog that just might make your life feel a little less hectic.
Meal Prep Tips to Save Time and Energy
The idea for doing this is pretty simple: decide what meals you like to have for dinner, shop for those items, make those meals, and divide them individually into small containers to freeze or refrigerate until you’re ready to eat!
Maintain a well-stocked pantry. Keep the items on hand that you need to whip up a quick, breakfast, lunch, or dinner. This will also help you save money as you can stock up on pantry items when they are on sale. Kitchn has a great list of items you should keep in your kitchen. When you’ve got all the essentials, you’ll be able to cook without running to the store at the last minute to get a ton of ingredients.
Use a list to shop with. You’ll save time when you’re in the store because you’ll have a list of what you need to get. Save even more time by shopping online and simply picking up your order or have it delivered to your apartment.
Plan your menu in advance, planning meals around items that are on sale at the grocery store. There are apps that will help you with finding those deals, too. Planning ahead will reduce stress and make meal prep time more relaxing. No more “what’s for dinner’ popping up at 4:00 pm.
Figure out what works for you. Some people like writing out meal plans using printable sheets, a spreadsheet on their computer, a simple calendar from the store, or apps. Find what format works best for you to stay on top of planning.
Knowing what you’re going to eat means you may actually enjoy your cooking time. Think of it, you won’t feel rushed or unprepared, or bored with sandwiches for the third night in a single week.
Spend one weekend cooking and freezing meals and you will free up time for the rest of the month to enjoy being out and about.
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