I had a college professor who always said “If you don’t have a plan, you plan to fail.”
This applies to meal planning in so many ways.
Why I Meal Plan
If I don’t have a meal plan, we make too many trips to the grocery store. Something is always forgotten. More money is spent on those trips, getting “one more thing” that we really didn’t need.
If I don’t have a meal plan, we eat more convenience foods. Not only are these more expensive, but they aren’t good for us either. A thoughtfully planned out pizza night is one thing, but going for the $5 Hot and Ready pizza special that’s 2 minutes away from my house happens all too frequently when I don’t have a meal plan.
And if I don’t have a meal plan, excess food gets wasted instead of incorporated into our meal plan.
I love win-win situations, and for me, especially in this stage of life with three young kids, not meal planning is definitely a lose-lose situation. We waste time, eat poorly, and spend more money if we aren’t meal planning. <~Tweet that!
Of course it’s always possible that it doesn’t look like that for you. Most people are far better at flying by the seat of their pants than I am. But regardless of how flexible you are or aren’t, meal planning will save anyone money, time, and energy. And that is win-win.
My Meal Planning Background
I started meal planning instinctively. I honestly don’t know how not to meal plan.
I learned as a young girl by watching my mother, and when I was married at 20, right before my senior year of college, it just seemed to be the way it should be done. So I did it, and I’ve been doing it ever since. When I was a teacher, my coworkers would tease me (in good fun) about my cooking, but I didn’t mind. I knew I was preparing for motherhood long before those babies came.
An Essential Discipline
As part of my mama discipline focus for my life this year, I’ve been breaking down some essential areas of discipline on the blog. During the past four months, I have shared with you about areas of discipline where I struggle and areas where I am successful. This happens to be one of those few areas where I naturally do well. There are so many more where I fail, but you know that well if you’ve read this blog long enough.
Throughout the years that I have been blogging, so many friends and family members have asked me to put together some posts on meal planning. I’ve had mamas over to my house to talk about recipes and how to create a good meal plan. So I finally decided to do the same thing here on the blog.
We talked about the why in this post. Next week, I will break down how. I’ll also share several other meal planning tips and habits that just might save your sanity as a mom.
And if you’re a veteran meal planner, then please share your wisdom in the comments or on my Facebook posts each week. This is one of my favorite things about motherhood. I love the wonderful things that happen when we share and learn from each other.
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Your turn! Are you a meal planner? Why or why not? What are the biggest benefits of meal planning for you?