Frugal Money Saving Tip
If there’s one frugal money saving tip that I wish I could master, it’s this: Make a weekly dinner plan and stick to it. I honestly think developing this discipline would give me the room to reduce my grocery budget by 20%.
Here’s how a making and executing a meal plan saves you money:
- You’re incorporating food you already have in your house into meals, which shrinks your shopping list.
- You’re not purchasing food that doesn’t have a specific job to do, thereby reducing or eliminating food waste. I’ve read that the average American household throws 25% of their food away. Ouch.
- You’re avoiding the last-minute take-out food budget buster. I typically only drag my kids to Baja Fresh or Little Caesar’s when I have no plan for dinner. One of these dinners can easily take up 5% of my monthly grocery budget.
For those of us for whom cooking is not a passion (raising my hand) and planning ahead is a chore (raising my hand yet again), sitting down to make a meal plan every single week is incredibly difficult. Mostly because it’s just not really fun. But I know that saving money is fun, so I need to to work on developing this discipline.
If you have similar culinary and planning frustrations, I have found a solution!
The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is available this week and is filled with resources to get us on the meal planning track. Here are some of my favorite eBooks, recipe books, and planning resources included in the bundle:
HOW TO MEAL PLAN
Plan It, Don’t Panic — Learn to meal plan in a way that not only helps your family eat better, but also saves you money, time and stress.
ALREADY MADE MEAL PLANS
A Month of Good Enough for Company Meal Plans — Get 30 days worth of recipes so you can eat well and enjoy spending time with friends and family without spending a lot of money or time.
Slow Cooker Freezer Meals Volume 1 and Volume 2 — Each volume includes 12 meal plans, each with 6 dinners and side dish suggestions, plus color-coded grocery lists, assembly instructions, and tips.
Frugal Real Food Meal Plans: Summer — Save time and money while serving your family real food with this e-month meal plan focused on summer recipes.
RECIPES TO KEEP YOU INSPIRED
81 Quick and Easy Favorite Slow Cooker Recipes — Simplify dinnertime with these slow cooker recipes plus shopping, cooking, and meal planning tips to boot.
Crockpot Chicken Freezer Meals eCookbook — This Crockpot Chicken Freezer Meals eCookbook will teach you how to make healthy and delicious dinners in 15 minutes or less.
Kids Cook Real Food Recipe eBook — Get your kids involved in preparing dinner this summer. This recipe eBook was written with emerging readers in mind, to help them read recipes, follow instructions, and learn basic cooking skills.
80 Green Thickies Recipes — Discover fully balanced meal replacement smoothies that sky rocket your health and effortlessly fit into your crazy life.
I am particularly excited to try out the three ready-made meal plans this summer to see if following the directions will help me develop my own meal planning skills plus perhaps a love for it.
If you were to purchase these planning and recipe eBooks and resources individually, you would pay right around $99.
Through Monday, you can buy the entire Ultimate Homemaking Bundle of 93 eBooks, courses, printables, and sweet freebies for just $29.97. So, you’re getting all the awesome meal plans and recipe books I listed above, plus a TON of other awesome homemaking resources for a phenomenal price.
Early Bird Bonus
If you buy the bundle today (April 28) you will get a FREE Kindle, Nook, and eReader version upgrade (this costs $10 starting tomorrow).
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