A monthly menu plan can help you save up to three times the amount of money, time, and energy. That is if you do it the right way. Here is how you do it:

Monthly Criteria

Some people prefer weekly menu planning the time limit is shorter, and have the right kitchen knives set is essential too. Thus, it’s easier to decide on the menu. However, I usually set my menu plan for a whole month as this allows me to save more. In making my menu, I follow the following criteria:

  • There should be easy meals that can be prepared by somebody else in the family.
  • Plan healthy yet simple dishes in order to reduce the time spent in the hot kitchen.
  • Allow one meal to be cooked by one of the family members every week.

Daily Theme

Being able to identify the type and schedule of the family activities each day is crucial for menu planning. I once prepared a hot dish when my husband’s was working overtime and my eldest daughter and younger son were having their late sports sessions. We got lots of leftover, and I ended up finishing them myself.

Now, I carefully take note of the activities of other members of the family. To help me set my daily theme, I use a template. On Mondays, I always prepare a meal where it can be cooked in the morning and where it just can be heated in the evening. Mondays are usually the days when I am not home until or more than 7:30 in the evening. As for Fridays, I always cook an extra amount of food so that on Saturdays, we will only eat the leftover foods.  Saturday is day-off from the kitchen.

Family Input

Though I plan the menu myself, I usually ask for the opinion of other family members. Because they have their own likes and dislikes, I tend to only include four request dishes from each of them. I try to repeat a meal twice a month. I also allow them to pick one home-style fast food dishes like fries, hamburgers, or pizza once or twice a month.

Final Thoughts

If you haven’t done menu planning before, please give it a try. You should take some time to note how long it takes to procrastinate and think over what meal to prepare for the day. This is not to mention the cost of trips you make to the grocery. It’s definitely more beneficial to plan ahead of time.

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