Planning ahead not only keeps healthy options in the house, but keeps you on budget. When you plan and write a list, you should have an idea of what you’re spending. You can look at the list and maybe find places to save.
A great way to make this easier is to use online shopping. You don’t have to do it all the time, but it’s a great resource. You can put in your list and see exactly how much you are spending. This also eliminates any impulse buys 😉. Is it perfect? Nope, but it is helpful for many people. They also save your list making it easy the next time you order.
Personally, I go to several stores when I’m shopping; but not everyone has that availability. I have found planning the freezer crockpot dinners has me using BJs more often. I’m buying in bulk and using it all quickly.
I’m also using more frozen vegetables in the crockpot prep (you don’t have to prep to use them, they can just be thrown into the crockpot). Frozen vegetables are a great way to save money and eat healthy!
There is also the aspect of knowing you have the food and dinner is ready. I don’t know about you, but we HATE throwing out food. There’s hardly a time we will go out to eat if dinner is planned. This doesn’t mean we never eat out, it’s simply part of the plan.
Do you find planning ahead easy? What is the hardest part?
You can check out my meal planning post (with printouts) here