How to Meal Plan on a budget

HOW to meal plan on a budget: Keys to saving money on groceries

How to Meal Plan Basics

  1. Choose a day for meal planning, meal prep, and grocery shopping
  2. Determine what meals you will eat
    1. Aim for fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains. Avoid processed foods if possible
  3. Shop for ingredients
    1. Be sure to use your list and stick to it. Don’t buy anything that is not on your list.
  4. Prepare your meals and Store them.
    1. Prepared meals correctly stored can be frozen and will keep for months.

How to Save money on Groceries

  1. Determine a budget and stay within or beneath it. Once you determine how much you can spend on groceries, never allow yourself to go over that number. If you happen to go over by a few dollars every now and again, that’s OK – but don’t make it commonplace. If you haven’t created your grocery shopping budget just yet: Learn How to Create a Grocery Shopping Budget here (LINK TO POST)
    1. Ways to Stay on track with your budget
      1. Use coupons – many grocers have apps with exclusive deals and offers.
      2. Price Match – most grocers will charge you the competitors’ price on most items if you mention it and provide evidence that the competitor’s price is less expensive.
      3. Base your meals off the weekly sales ad, especially if there are good deals that you want to take advantage of.
    2. Try making it a challenge for yourself to keep your grocery bill a few dollars under your total budget – it could be fun!


  1. Decide to Eat healthier. Convenience and processed foods are oftentimes more expensive than fresh fruit and vegetables and are not necessary for maintaining a balanced diet.
    1. Eat less. Many of us tend to eat more calories than our bodies need. Eating less (in a healthy way and if necessary) can cut down our grocery bills and our weight.

You may be interested in: How to Meal Plan for Weight Loss (Link)

  1. Use a list. Be sure to create a meal plan and grocery list and stick to your list. Try to be disciplined and only buy the things that you went to the store for. Straying from your list could cause you to buy expensive specialty food items that you don’t need and possibly won’t even like. Learn how to Efficiently Create a Master Grocery List (LINK)
  2. Make dishes that use similar ingredients. For example, you could buy a bag of dried black beans, use them for rice and beans and then make black bean burgers the next day with the leftovers. Multipurpose ingredients help to stretch your grocery budget.
  3. Shop at discount grocery stores. You may have to save shopping at Whole Foods and The Fresh Market for special occasions and make your local cheap grocery store your go-to for food.




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