So many blogs and articles have spread the idea that meal planning is one way to save a bunch of buckaroos.
I totally see why the experts say that. Heck, one of my closest friends swears by it. I’m either doing it wrong or I just don’t have the right set up here in Grenada, because meal planning is actually almost twice as expensive for me.
When I meal plan:
- I have to spend time thinking and researching meals to make.
- I always have to purchase some small ingredient that I don’t have on hand.
- I feel really great and organized for the week, but it costs me more.
When I don’t meal plan:
- My meals are slightly more boring.
- I usually make chicken and veggies or fish and veggies, which is pretty healthy.
- The meals are far from elaborate, and no one’s going to call me to start up my own cooking show (which, thankfully, I am a-o-k with!)
The thing is, my goal right now is to work as hard as I can and support my busy hubs, not to have elaborate meals. I usually eat by myself at night and set aside some food for the hubs for when he comes home from studying. I used to drive to campus and deliver his dinner at the study hall every night last semester, but he insists that he gets in the zone and is happy eating healthy snacks until he can get home for the real deal.
Last month, when I was much more vigilant about meal planning, I spent $571US at the store. This month is going to be more like $400-$415US just because I am purchasing food to make meals that are much more simple with way less ingredients.
I’m sure others could make a great argument for meal planning, especially if you’ve lived in your home a long time and have a stock pile of small ingredients to use. For us, it’s just not working, and we’re way too busy at this point in our lives to spend time worrying. Plus, I’d rather have a smaller grocery bill and enjoy a nicer meal out from time to time.
So what’s your stance on the whole meal-planning thing? Have you tried it before? Does it help you get through the week? Is it more or less expensive than just making simple meals every night? Spill it (pun intended.)