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We’ve all seen the posts, pins, and amazing recipes for meal prepping all over the internet. You probably have thought, wow sounds great, but that’s not going to work for me or I don’t really have time to do all that pre-planning.
Think again! Meal prepping gives you time back and is a huge help in sticking to a budget.
- Calendar Plan – decide how many meals you are wanting to make. Do you want to prep for a week, two weeks? I shoot for the long run to save time & money.
- Find Recipes- find awesome recipes to use – pick the best ones that you know you will love. These are some of my favorites here and here.
- Make a list – plan your shopping trip, this is my favorite part. The links above make it super easy because you can print off the lists for each recipe. I go through each one and cross out items that are already in my cupboards. I total up at the bottom of the page how much of each meal I will need between all the recipes so I don’t have to run back and forth through the store for each recipe.
I add my staple items to my list because those will be needed throughout the week as well.
- Coupons & Ibotta – guys, coupons & Ibotta! Trust me, you’re never too good for some good ol’ coupon-ing. This site makes it beyond easy. I simply clip the coupons they have available for the items I know I am buying and I put them in an envelope with my list.
Ibotta– if you’re not using it, you MUST. You get money back for simply snapping a picture of your receipt for items that qualify. (eggs, milk, tomatoes, bananas, and onions are almost always on there — most of you buy these things weekly! You’re missing out on money if you’re not using it – for the love of saving money please stop the nonsense and use the link above to sign up)
- Grocery shopping time! Go get all those ingredients that you need. Seriously, since I started meal prepping these freezer meals my grocery shopping has been the MOST ORGANIZED it has ever been. This helps me limit sporadic items in my cart.
KEEP TO THE LIST – that’s my motto
Once you’ve brought all your ingredients home you can start putting your meals together. You will need freezer bags + a sharpie. I always pre-write the recipe down on each bag so I don’t have to look back and forth between the computer screen and the ingredients — that gets too messy. I also write on the bag what to serve it with and the date I put it together. Pop them in the freezer and TA-DA!
It’s my favorite thing to come home to a slow cooked meal in the crock pot. No more standing over the stove for an hour prepping dinner every night and since the food is already done when I get home, we are not tempted to go out – another money saver!
If you have any meal prep recipes or tips that you use, I’d love to hear them! Share below in the comments!