After reading the comments in the last post it seems like the majority of people who don’t menu plan want to menu plan. There were a few readers who use the stock pile method, similar to Amy Dacyczyn’s. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this method, it basically involves buying items in bulk when they are on sale and then making meals based on what is already in your home.
There were a few people who said limited storage space was their biggest menu planning hurdle. I would encourage you to read this post written by my friend Kate several months ago. Space is extremely limited in her condo and she makes the most of her minimal storage space.
The majority of readers who did not menu plan simply because it was overwhelming. Either they didn’t like to cook, their family was picky, or they didn’t know how to begin.
Since I believe that some of the biggest savings can be found by cutting the grocery budget or at least having a grocery budget, I am starting a menu planning series. I hope to walk you through the basic steps and hopefully get you on track with a grocery budget and a weekly or monthly plan for your family’s meals.
Now, if you really do not want to menu plan and have no desire to learn, my advice to you would be to sign up for the E-Mealz menu planning services. For under ten dollars a month you can have dinners, recipes, and grocery lists delivered to your inbox every month. And best of all it is tailored to meet your families tastes and budget.
But if it is your desire to menu plan then please join in my Menu Planning Challenge. The challenge is simple. Each week I will give an assignment. Each assignment will help teach you how to menu plan. I will host a MckLinky if you have a blog and want to post your completed assignment, but you don’t have to link up or have a blog to participate.
Week 1 Assignment: Create a list of meals.
If your family is picky or complains about the meals you are currently serving, this assignment will make them happy. Ask your family members what they would like to eat for dinner. Using their responses (and your own) make a list of 15 meals. That’s it. 15 meals and you are finished with your first assignment. I will be making a list too and will post it next Thursday.