One of the best ways to start saving money is to meal plan. By having an idea of what you need to purchase at the grocery store, you no longer walk around trying to figure out meals for the next couple of days and you eliminate buying too much. Meal planning will cut your costs and save you time in the long run. It takes some time to get started but it is an investment worth looking into.
When you’re first starting to meal plan, figure out what meals work best for your family; which ones you all enjoy often. Once you have a list of meals, write out all the ingredients for each meal. Whether they are each on a note card or kept in a notebook, staying organized with this part will be very helpful.
Next, plan out your meals for the week or two weeks. Sit down and have a calendar of what you will be making each day. Having an idea of what your week will consist of will save you time and money at the grocery store.
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When you are getting ready to make your grocery list, figure out what food you already have in your fridge and pantry. Then start your grocery list based off of your ingredients for your meal plan and what groceries you already have in stock. This will eliminate buying too much food and food getting spoiled.
Meal planning is a great investment for your family. With the many ideas out there from freezer meals to crock pot dinners, the possibilities are endless. This is just another way CCFCU is present for you!