7 Reasons to Meal Plan

All She Cooks is proud to bring you another guest post this week!  You all know that I am a fan of meal-planning.  I mean come on… 52 Weeks of  No-Repeat Meal Plans?  That has to say something, right?  Well… today, Sara is giving you 7 Reasons to Meal Plan!  So… there you have it!  Now, get your meal plan on!
Hi All She Cooks Readers!!! I can’t explain how excited I am to be guest posting for Jessica today! I’m Sara and I blog over at Sara Howe. I have two little ones, a son (5) and a daughter (3). I blog to help other busy moms become a happy mom & housewife, to become tidy enough your no longer embarrassed to have unexpected guests, share with you healthy recipes your whole family will love, and help you start and grow an online business!
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I remember when someone would say those words… “Menu Plan!” I would just cringe! How can it save me time when I spend all afternoon trying to figure out what I’m cooking the upcoming week?
But honestly, give it a try! Just it for one week! You will find it really will save you time in the long run and you’ll enjoy your time again with your family.
So, here’s why I do it…
  1. It saves time! Yup, just like I said above. You will always have all your ingredients you need to cook the planned meal for that night. No more last minute trips to the store for that one or two ingredients you need.
  2. I stress less! There were many nights I would find myself stressed out trying to figure out what I was going to feed my family. Now it’s right there, on my calendar. I wake up in the morning, look and see what I’m cooking that evening, and pull it out of the freezer.
  3. We eat healthier! No more trips through the drive through, or quick trips to the store for those boxed processed meals. At least when I plan ahead, I’m able to put healthy, nutritious meals on the table!
  4. It saves me money! It really does.
    I make my grocery list and I stick to it! No more impulse buys.
  5. I waste less food! I have found I’m throwing out less. How many times do you go to the store and you buy something, thinking you’ll use it, but don’t. So it just gets thrown out. This goes back to saving me money as well, you make your list, so you know exactly what you need.
  6. We eat as a family again! We are a busy family (like most), but I can now look ahead at the calender and see we have a soccer game this night, so I can plan accordingly.
    Those are the best nights to cook in the crock-pot! A lot times before I used to menu plan, those nights were a fend for yourself.
    Heck sometimes the kids would go to bed eating cookies (yes bad mom, I know).
  7. I get to try new things! I love trying new recipes, so this gives me a chance to go through all those recipes I have pinned on Pinterest and give them a try!


So a little advice to get started:
Start small. Plan for a week, find some quite downtime, grab a cup of tea or coffee, you computer, and some paper and plan for 5 meals this next week! You don’t have to go extravagant, pick a few of your family favorites and maybe a recipe or two you’ve been wanting to try. I bet you find this next week, there is less stress at meal time and you can actually sit at the table and enjoy a healthy meal with your family.

Jessica McCoy

Jessica McCoy

Owner, Writer, Editor at All She Cooks
Jessica McCoy is the publisher and primary editor behind All She Cooks. She enjoys recipe development, food photography, as well as food and travel writing. You can find Jessica on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Google +.
Jessica McCoy
Jessica McCoy


  1. says

    I used e-meals for planning my meals, and it couldn’t be easier. I actually enjoy creating meal plans. Time is the problem, but it definitely saves time in the long run.

  2. Victoria Ess says

    I agree with all of those, especially the time-saving. It’s also time-saving to buy groceries with specific meals in mind.

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