I have to admit, I am not a very good meal planner. So like when I started this site to learn how to cook and how to build a website, I’m starting a meal planning section to become a better meal planner! Taking the time to sit down and plan out a week’s worth of meals at a time just makes sense. It gives you a plan for shopping and a plan for what you’ll be making each day. I don’t know about you, but that sounds better to me at the end of a long day than running around stressing over what to make.
Meal planning might take a bit of extra time up front, but it helps save you time in the long run since you know exactly what to buy when you go to the store. No more last-minute trips to the grocery to buy some spur of the moment ingredients.
Meal planning can be as simple and low tech as sitting down and making a list, and as high tech as searching on the Internet or even using meal planning apps for your smart phone or tablet. Whether you are technologically savvy or still a bit leery of computers, there is a meal planning strategy that will work for you.
Whether you need a master grocery list to use at the supermarket, at a big warehouse store, at your local farmer’s market or even for specialty items available online, you’ve come to the right place to download a list tailor-made to your needs.
Whether you spend hundreds of dollars a week on groceries or not, it just makes sense to budget and look for the best deals you can get. This might mean shopping in bulk at warehouse stores, comparing the ad circulars in the newspaper and cherry picking the best deals or only purchasing less expensive cuts of meat. Minimizing waste and learning to use leftovers in creative ways also helps stretch your food budget.