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Meal planning is an essential part of budgeting for several reasons.
- Planning keeps you from grabbing fast food because you don’t know what to make.
- Prevents you from grabbing junk at the grocery store just because it looks good (which also keeps you on budget).
- Helps keep you eating healthy because you can plan out your calories while making sure you’ll eat enough to stay satisfied all day.
- Helps you save money. You can plan around weekly/monthly sales, and try to find coupons. (I’ve saved a minimum of $10 every grocery trip this year since I started couponing).
Sometimes, however, when I sit down to try to plan out the next week or two of meals, I get stumped. I hate cycling through the same 5-6 meals. I find it easier to create a meal bank over time. Every time a see a good meal online, or think of something that sounds good, I save it. I prefer to use Evernote, but a notebook or a word document would work just as well. Then, when you sit down to plan out meals, you have a ton of options instead of your same old go-to’s.