The Importance of Meal Planning

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I cannot begin to stress the importance of meal planning on your homeschooling life. 

Close your eyes and imagine a day packed with all kinds of homeschooling adventures.  You're hungry and tired after a fast-paced day of school and life, so you head to the kitchen to make dinner have no idea what to make. 

The last thing you want to do is go to the store to pick something up so chances are you end up eating food that isn't as healthy as it should be, or even as tasty.  Too many days of this and no one will be a happy camper.

This is why I've devoted an entire chapter of "A Plan for Joy in the Home"  to the importance of meal planning. Not only do we discuss why to do it, I walk you through how to set one up for you and your family and make it work.

The Importance of Meal Planning

importance of meal planning

In case you're not convinced yet, here are some reasons why spending the time to set up a plan is so important:

  • It saves you the aggravation every day of trying to come up with something for dinner.
  • It saves you a trip to the store to get the items you need to make the dinner that you just came up with. Thus, by planning, you will save valuable time and gas money.
  • You will probably eat healthier because you take the time to plan out well-rounded meals and won't run out for fast food as often.
  • You will save money. Each time you go into the store, you know you come out with more than you went in for. Therefore, the less times you go in, the less money you will spend.

I think those are some pretty compelling reasons to organize your meals!

I don't know about you, but eating really does take up a lot of our day. I spend more waking time in my kitchen then I do in any other room in our house.

Since homeschooling takes up another big chunk of our day, I don't want to waste any of that time trying to figure out what to cook for dinner each night. I have found that planning ahead really takes a load off of my brain. All I need to do each day is get up and look at the calendar to see what we will be having and go from there.

How To Make it Work

Once a week I sit down with my meal planning sheet, my grocery list and my binder of recipes and I plan out our meals for the week. 

I'll be honest and say that I don't necessarily enjoy this time each week, but I know for sure that it beats agonizing over the decision every single day.  I also know that we would waste a lot of money on fast food and we wouldn't be eating healthier if I didn't plan our meals and stick to it each week.

Once you make your plan for the week, it still is just a plan! You can move meals around if your schedule changes. Want to go out to eat one night, just shift that meal to the next week! 

Having a meal plan is just that - a plan. Make it, stick to it as much as possible and you'll see the benefits of saving time, money and a lot of mental energy.

If you haven't implemented any kind of plan in your home, now would be an excellent time to start.

My book, "A Plan for Joy in the Home: A Workbook on Organizing Your Day for Homeschooling Mothers" has a whole chapter devoted to how to set up and work with your own personalized meal plan. 

There's now a download version, too! Go grab your copy today and get started planning this important area of your life.

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