2 Ways to Simplify Meal Planning

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About a year ago I decided I wanted to save money and spend less time at the store. In an ideal world, this meant no more random trips to the grocery store and binders filled with coupons.

Although that isn’t exactly how it turned out, I have come come up with a few great ways for you simultaneously save money and time!

Meal Planning

I start by planning my meals for the week. Once I know what meals we will be having, I list out all the ingredients for each one and make sure that I either have them already, or they are on my grocery list. After I have all the dinner items on the list, I finish it off with any lunch or breakfast foods and household stuff we might need.

If you want to try this out, I have made a tasteful, FREE PDF that serves as both a grocery list and meal planning checklist. It’s a fantastic tool to take to the store with you that you can then flip over and put on your fridge for the week!

Note: If planning your meals for the entire week is just a little overwhelming, you can still use this planning sheet, just go to the store once at the beginning and once in the middle of the week.

If you prefer to shop at several stores instead of just one, like me, you can totally use the first page of the FREE PDF for each store you go to.

Saving Money

I ultimately set out to be one of those crazy coupon ladies. Turns out, that is not for me. I, personally, don’t have the time, or patience, to clip all the coupons, organize them, go to several different stores, etc. That is when I realize…

“DUH! There must be an App for this kind of thing!”

So, here I go looking at reviews on different apps, downloading them and deleting them after a day, and then I found it. I found THE ONE. From Safeway, to Costco and Amazon, you can use Ibotta to get cash back on TONS of stores.

How it works…

  1. Download the App
  2. Sign up with your Facebook account or email
  3. Download any applicable coupons
  4. Buy your groceries and other items like normal
  5. Scan your receipt
  6. Get Money
  7. Once you hit $20 on the app, you can download it directly to your bank account!

It takes about 10 minutes to look through the coupons and 5 minutes to scan your receipt. In my opinion, this beats cutting coupons and feeling the pressure at checkout any day! If you want to check out the app, check it out here and get a FREE $10. No matter who you are, ten dollars is ten dollars. Especially when it’s just being handed out!

I hope these tips help you save both time and money! Have your own time and money saving tips and tricks? Let me know below!