Planning your meals

A smiling woman checking out at the grocery storeThe first step to saving grocery money is planning your meals!  Check what you have on hand and what’s on sale at the store.  Then plan your meals to use those foods.  Planning meals saves you money in four ways:  First, you’ll be able to use what you already have.  Second, you’ll be able to use more items that are on sale.  Third, you’ll have everything you need when you prepare your meals, so you’ll save extra trips to the store.  And fourth, you can plan ways to use leftovers, so you’ll have less waste.  Choose a regular time each week to plan your meals.   It’s the best way to know what you’ll really need at the store.    

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