What's for Dinner? The Benefits of Meal Planning

Does dinner time come around with no idea of what to eat?

Are you often frustrated with a lack of planning?

An hour a week will allow you to reap the benefits of having a dinner plan. What are the benefits of planning ahead? Let me tell you!

  • Take away indecision – Having a plan means you don’t have to make decisions day after day.
  • Less bad choices – Without time and thought it’s hard to make good choices all the time.
  • More balance – Creating a meal template will save you time planning.
  • More variety – Giving yourself the opportunity to focus on something new because the basics are done.
  • Less waste – Use the food you have planned your menu around and reduce waste.
  • More money saved – Only buying what you need and avoid tossing unused or expired food.
  • Less arguing – You can’t make everyone happy all the time, but if everyone knows there is balance in your menu, their day will come.

Try creating a basic meal plan. Make a list of your family’s favorite proteins, starches and vegetables (or whatever your family eats for dinner). Make a template, including something from each category. If you can, do this for 7 meals for the week.

Take this exercise further by making a grocery list of items needed to make all these meals. Want to go one step further? Plan breakfast and lunch or plan meals by what’s on sale at your local grocery store.

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Janet Schiesl

Janet has been organizing since 2005. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Basic Organization. She loves using her background as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at their space differently. She leads the team in large projects and works one-on-one with clients to help the process move quickly and comfortably. Call her crazy, but she loves to work with paper, to purge what is not needed and to create filing systems that work for each individual client. Janet is a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and was voted 2016 Organizer of the Year by the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO.

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