How to Meal Plan to Save Time and Money

How to Meal Plan to Save Time and Money

Meal Planning Saves Time, Money and Sanity. Here’s How You Can Make It Happen in Your Home.

Ever follow an Instagram account just to see regular posts of amazingly perfect food photos? Yeah, us too!

Add in all those time-lapsed videos of the cooking process, and you’ll be salivating before your kids can interrupt to say, “What’s for dinner?”

But there’s food fantasy and then there’s reality. And while almost no one can whip up dinner in 60 seconds flat, you can make the journey from store to table a whole lot easier with meal planning.

What Is Meal Planning?

A meal plan is like a budget for your food. You decide up front and on purpose what you’ll eat for dinner throughout the week. You can have pizza seven nights in a row, go out to eat on odd-numbered days, or cook every single meal at home. It’s totally up to you!

Meal planning done right can change the game for both your family and your budget. Read on to learn how.

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Do This With Your Money Before You Get Too Busy This Spring

It’s easy to get caught up in the craziness of spring and summer. These seasons are when most of us spend more time outside, kids get jazzed about finishing school, and people make their warm-weather travel plans.

Before things get too wild, do yourself a big favor—think of the major events and expenses in your schedule for the next few months so you can plan for them. Once you write down all of the events you’re planning or committed to, you can adjust your spending and saving habits. That means more money for the family getaway, gardening project, or kitchen remodel.

Putting your money where you want doesn’t require a big change to your budget—just a tweak here and there.

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Here's Where Your Money Is Going (and How to Get It Back)

We’ve all had those “Where did my money go?” moments. They usually happen right before payday. That’s when you see that your bank balance is a little low then you sit back and shake your head trying to remember where you’ve spent the money.

The first step to getting rid of those moments is to find the areas where you like to spend so you can make adjustments. Here are four categories where your spending may be adding up as well as a few tips for bringing it down.

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How to Get Your Spouse on Board With Budgeting

At some point, every couple disagrees about money. That’s normal. But maybe you and your spouse have such different views on money you’ve can’t even talk about it anymore without a fight.

You know it’s an unhealthy cycle, but you don’t know how to break it.

We’ve got a plan to help you find some middle ground. So if you’re ready to try again, here are five suggestions to get your spouse on board with budgeting:

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How to Feel More in Control of Your Money

Learning to budget solidly takes about three months—but in that short time, a big change happens. After those three months, 84% of people say they feel more in control of their money.

To get that I’m-the-boss-of-my-money feeling, you must be patient as you learn the ins and outs of budgeting. It’s like riding a bike. No one’s an expert at first. But if you stick with it, you’ll become an ace!

Here are a few things to remember as you get up to speed on making a budget.

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