Not everyone is a good fit for meal planning. That’s OK. Everyone is different, every family unique. Here are 6 very good reasons planning meals may not be right for you.
I have to admit, I am new to planning meals. I’ve only been at it a month. But I think I can make some compelling arguments as to why planning meals is not right for you.
6 Reasons Planning Meals Is Not Right For You
1. You don’t have to worry about saving money. Some people are fortunate enough to not have to worry about saving money. I am not one of those people. Planning your meals saves money because you have already planned out your meals, and you only buy the food necessary to make those meals. There is no guess-work, and there is no Maybe we’ll have this only to find out you are missing 3 ingredients when you get home.
2. You don’t mind being asked “What’s for dinner?” and not knowing the answer. Planning your meals in advance means you always have the answer to the age-old question, “What’s for dinner?” If you plan your meals out for the week, then it’s easy enough to look at your planner and answer the question that will inevitably come up. I took it a step further and started putting dinner on the family calendar so now they don’t even have to bother asking me, they can look at the calendar.
3. You don’t mind throwing food away. How many times have you gone to your refrigerator and found some kind of green science experiment that looks like it used to be edible food that you bought because you might make something with it for dinner? Planning meals for the week means you only buy what you need and will use and you’re not throwing food away that was shoved to the back corner of the fridge and forgotten.
4. You enjoy eating the same 4 meals week after week. Variety is the spice of life but clearly you’re not interested. When you plan your meals, you can see how often your family loves to eat pasta and you can change it up because pasta every day isn’t good for you Sam! Granted planning meals forces you to think outside the box, but it also allows you to try new recipes and change up what your family eats for dinner. Thanks to meal planning I have tried at least 4 new recipes.Meal Planning because you don't want to eat the same 4 meals every week. #mealplanning Click To Tweet
5. You have no interest in eating healthier. I am not the food police around here. In fact, Friday night I threw my meal plan out the window and told Sam to order pizza because PMS. But planning meals means you are not eating processed food every day, or eating out. You can actively make a choice to include fruits and vegetables every day, or you know, once a week, whatever. You don’t have to eat healthy every single day, but you can eat healthier when you are planning your meals for the week.
6. You enjoy going to the store every single day. We used to play this game, where we would go to the grocery store every day, grab a cart, and wander aimlessly up and down the isles trying to decide what sounded good for dinner. It was a lot of fun. Especially when we weren’t allowed to opt out and go get fast food. The sentence “I don’t care if they eat tonight or not” may have been yelled a time or two *ahem*. It was not fun, in any way, for me, for Sam, for the people working at the store who sometimes got caught in the crossfire. Now we go to the store every Wednesday morning, list in hand, and we know exactly what we are going to buy for the week. To be honest, I don’t miss the people from the store, or their opinions on what I should be making for dinner. If you’re not cooking it, you don’t get to vote Terry!
Planning meals is a great way to save money, save time, eat healthier and add variety to your dinner rotation. I have to admit it takes some effort to find a system that works for you, but the end results are worth that effort.