3 Ways to Save When Meal Planning

Each day it seems that we ask ourselves the same question. What’s for dinner? While making decisions about what you would like to eat, whether it’s chicken, pasta, or some other choice, are you thinking about whether it’s well-balanced and if not, how you can balance your meals on a budget? Meal planning can be a scary thought at first, but the benefits are worth it! According to projectmealplanning.com you can save time, improve your health, and mind your budget.

Here’s how:

  • Start by planning meals for the week. A well-planned grocery list means no more nightly trips to the grocery store. Prep ingredients ahead of time. Chopping vegetables all at once can save a few minutes every day.
  • By planning healthier meals, you are taking a proactive approach to your diet that could improve your health exponentially. This small change has the power to potentially lower your healthcare costs by making improvements to your weight, cholesterol, glucose levels, and more.
  • Utilizing leftovers can save you money! Freezing leftovers from a previous meal will reduce the amount of food that goes bad in your refrigerator and must be thrown away. Lastly, be sure to dine in more times than you are eating out. This will result in tremendous savings.

Remember, making a meal plan work for you and your family is an important step in saving time, money, and getting healthy. Get the family involved in the process, it’s a great way to have fun in the kitchen and teach healthy habits that can last a lifetime.

If you would like assistance creating an effective household budget, contact New Dimensions Federal Credit Union at 207-872-2771 or visit www.newdimensionsfcu.com.