Meal Prep


Meal preparation, often referred to as meal prep, is a simple yet highly effective way to keep your food expenses in check. By planning and preparing your meals in advance, you can significantly reduce the temptation to dine out or order takeout. If you choose so, this will be a more expensive option.

Here’s an example: Let’s say you spend an average of $10 on lunch and $15 on dinner when eating out or ordering in. If you do this just five times a week, you’re shelling out $125. 

However, by dedicating some time each week to meal prep, you can make delicious and nutritious meals for a fraction of the cost. A well-planned homemade lunch and dinner can cost you only $5 per meal, totaling $50 for the week. That’s a savings of $75 every week, which adds up to a substantial $3,900 over a year!

Practical Steps to Get Started

  • Plan your menu: Decide on the meals you want to prepare for the week. Consider your dietary preferences, nutritional needs, and the ingredients you already have at home.
  • Create a shopping list: Stick to this list when you go grocery shopping to avoid impulse purchases.
  • Set aside time: Dedicate a specific day or time each week for meal prep. Many people find Sunday afternoons or evenings to be a convenient time.
  • Cook in batches: Prepare larger quantities of food so that you have leftovers for the next day’s meal. This saves time and ensures you always have something ready.
  • Stay consistent: Last, but not least, make meal prep a regular habit. The more consistent you are, the more money you’ll save in the long run.

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