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We saved $40,000 in less than a year and you can too! •Almost half of that was Just by changing our food patterns. •Shopping smarter at the store with coupons saved over $12,000 •Stopping the ‘going out to eat habit’ saved over $7,000 •Meal planning makes $ense financially!
WHY meal plan?
1) Save Money!
•It really doesn’t matter how many things you can get for free or cheap at the grocery store and drug stores.
•If you don’t have a plan for how you will use them to feed your family, then you can STILL be overspending on groceries each month!
•You can shop from your stockpile to create meals for the entire family, for just a few bucks.
•You are not making a lot of expensive stops at the store to pull a dinner together.
•You are not giving up on cooking and going out to eat. Why spend $40 on dinner when you can get a weeks worth of groceries for that
2) Save Time
•No more frantic “what’s for dinner” nights!
•No more running to the neighbor or store for that one ingredient you are missing!
•No more drive thru dashes in last minute frustration because you are too tired to cook!
•No more thawing stuff out quickly in the microwave!
3) Eat Healthier!
•Less pre-processed food!
•Less Eating out! •Better Portion Sizes! •More time to make side dishes/salads, etc •PERFECT if you are part of a CSA farm or have a garden!
You could pay people to meal plan for you…
•E-mealz.com – $65 a year!!
•DinnerSelect.com – $59.80 a year!
•Dinewhithoutwhine.com- $83 a year!
But : They tell you what to buy!
•Items might not be on sale that week
•You might need a lot of items you don’t normally buy
•You are using THEIR recipes, not yours
•Recipes can be time consuming
It is EASY:
Find out what your family likes and try this low tech method of index cards!