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How Menu Planning Saved Me Money

Planning ahead can keep you within your budget

by Alyssa Avant  |  4117 views  |  1 comment  |        Rate this now! 

I have been menu planning since before I knew there was a catch phrase like “menu planning” for the idea. In the beginning, the reasons I planned were simple. I am a list maker, I am a planner, and I was new to cooking so I thought I’d better have a plan or I was sure to fail at the new venture of mine: making home cooked meals for my new husband who, by the way, loved to eat.

I caught on to cooking easy; after all, I had watched my mom cook for years and helped a bit here and there. The decision of what to make took a little more thought, and pleasing my husband even a little more effort, as he is a big eater and I cooked like my mom did, in small portions and thought three veggies for dinner was enough, not my husband, he wanted to know “Where’s the meat?” Now nightly our meal revolves around that “meat.”

Therefore, meal planning or menu planning was just about a necessity for me as a young newlywed because I had to be sure I had that all-important ingredient in every meal -- meat -- to satisfy my hungry husband’s craving.

Now, if you haven’t checked the local grocery store’s meat section lately then you may not realize but meat can be quite pricey and we were on a tight budget (as we still are -- and most families today can relate). That’s where menu planning became yet another plus for me. Planning ahead helped me to be able to buy meat in larger quantities, or when it was on sale, and plan ahead its uses so that I’d have enough, but I’d save some cash at the same time.

In addition, I learned that I could alternate my meals in my menu plan to not only satisfy the husband’s cravings, but also keep my budget in check. With that handy list of meals I knew that my husband enjoyed I could quickly find enough for a week’s worth that would work within the amount of cash I had available. This became especially helpful when I seemed to have more month left than money.

So, if you deal with any of these issues, or maybe some that are similar, then you could probably benefit from menu planning. It really is simple to get started and will save you time, energy, sanity and most importantly the green stuff we call cash!

About the Author

Alyssa Dees Avant is a Christian author, blogger, podcaster, speaker, and business owner, when she is not speaking to audiences of young girls and their mothers, she is writing as a freelance and ghostwriter. Visit her on the web at or

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  • I have recently learned to become a "menu planner" myself. I agree 100%, it saves money....and time! We recently just moved from my parents house, to my fiance's house. He works out of town all week, and is home on the weekends. So, it's just me and my 7 year old son at home. You would think it would be easy for me just to whip something up for 2 people, but when you go to work 8 hours a day, come home, have to do laundry, straighten up the house, and cook dinner....all before baseball practice or a baseball game at 6 p.m., it's tough. So I have learned to buy all of our household products in bulk, once a month. I plan out our weekly menu on Sunday morning, after going through the coupons that were in the Sunday paper and looking at the sale prices of meat that week at my favorite grocery store. It is helping me BIG TIME! I know what to set out the night before, what I can chop up and store in the refrigerator the night before to save a little prep time when I am actually ready to cook, etc. I highly recommend "menu planning" to everybody.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by laurantexas on 10th May 2011