The Benefits of Planning Ahead
“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” — Benjamin Franklin
Whether you are planning a weekly meal plan for yourself, you and your spouse, or an entire family, planning meals ahead of time can provide you with a number of benefits. Below I will explain 6 benefits of planning your meals ahead of time:
Eat Healthier: with an array of healthy ingredients in your kitchen you are far less likely to resort to eating fast food or takeout foods that are high in saturated fats, refined sugars and overly processed ingredients.
Shop more efficiently: preparing a meal plan for the week allows you to make a grocery list of only the items you need. By shopping with a list you are less likely to buy items that you don’t need (i.e. junk food).
Save Money: preparing meals at home saves a family of 4 on average $18.00 per meal (Fisher, n.d.). If a family of 4 ate 1 meal at home each day for 1 week that would be a total savings of $127.00/week! That’s huge! Also, when you plan out your grocery list ahead of time you are less likely to buy items that you don’t need which increases your savings even more!
Allows for Variety: planning out your meals allows you to “map out” what you want to eat. Monday you may want to eat chicken, while Tuesday you want to eat fish. By planning out your meals you will have a variety of ingredients available to you and your family.
Allows you to take advantage of weekly specials: check the weekly ads at your favorite grocery store before planning out your weekly meals. This allows you to take advantage of weekly specials, therefore, saving you even more money!
Less Stress: we live in a busy world, especially if you have to juggle your kids after school activities, homework, housework and so forth. Knowing what your family is going to eat for the week takes away the stress of trying to figure out what to prepare.
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KIS — Nikki Page, RN, Lifestyle & Weight Management Specialist
Fisher, D. n.d. How much can you save by not eating fastfood? Retrieved from: http://recipes.howstuffworks.com/menus/how-much-can-you-save-by-not-eating-fast-food.htm