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Planning your meals will help your family save time and money.
We are all busy these days and a weekly meal plan can help you plan what you will have for dinner and buy only what you need. It also helps use up the stuff you already have in the fridge and pantry.
If you go out a lot, just paln a few meals for the week on the nights you know you are going to be home.
It reduces food waste - Meal planning helps you decide what you actually need and the quantities that you need and so you only buy the required amount.
It saves you money - if you use a shopping list that you cave created from your meal plan you are less likely to impulse buy.
It uses up leftovers and food you already have - you can work out what you have in the fridge, freezer and pantry and use it up instead of buying more of what you already have.
It reduces stress - If you are busy but you know what you have planned for dinner you don't need to stress about it.
It saves time - because you only thought about it once for the week, you know you have everything for it and you can just go home and cook up a storm.
It improves variety - you can clearly see which food groups you are serving and when which means you can ensure you and your family enjoy a varied and balanced diet
If helps fussy eaters and people with dietry restrictions - if you have a plan you can make sure that the meal is going to suit everyone and not be over cooking or cooking multiple meals.
There are lots of websites around that help with free recipies and even a few that you can just put in the foods that you have in your fridge, freezer and pantry and it will spit out a whole variety of recipies that you could use with the ingredients you already have.
Here is a list of hints and tips when meal planning:
Check what you already have