It took me a long time to start meal planning. It sounded so painfully dull, and I hated the idea of being obligated to make a particular meal for dinner. I mean, what if it didn’t sound good that day? No, I wanted to decide each day what sounded best to me and make it. Who needs a meal plan?
Then, I realized we had a few problems.
We were spending way too much on groceries.
We constantly felt like there was “nothing to eat” even with a full pantry.
The problem was, when we bought food, we had no idea how we were going to use it. We’d buy stuff and say, “Oh that sounds good!” or “I’m sure we can find a use for that.” So we’d just have a mishmash of different items that might or might not go together. As a result, we went to the grocery store far more than necessary and thus spent way more than we needed to. Or, we would give up and get fast food, which, of course, would completely blow our budget.
I realized I needed to suck it up, put on my big-girl pants, and embrace meal planning.