Hi! I'm Christine.
I've been an avid meal planner from the day I got married, not necessarily by choice. You see, there was absolutely no money to spare and I looked for ways to stretch every single dollar we had. I focused on saving money on groceries through meal planning since food was our second biggest expense each month, after our mortgage.
I made efforts to meal plan every week so that we could stay out of debt and with any luck, pay off debt too. I researched various methods, most of which didn't really work for me, which led me to figuring out my own method.
When I went to work full time, I saw our grocery bill creep up higher and higher because I didn't have the time and energy to cook from scratch or find the best deals. We were also getting takeout more too ($$$) because when I'm exhausted and starving, I seem to stop caring about our budget.
It felt like I could either save time or save money, but not both.
I started changing my meal planning system and my grocery shopping routine so that we could get dinner on the table faster each night and lower our food spending.
The result is this meal planning guide: the simple system I created, the worksheets I made, plus my best time and money saving hacks.
One of the best parts about this method is that is can work for anyone! It will be completely adapted and customized for you, your diet, and your busy life.
"I am LOVING your meal planning guide. Over the last few weeks we have gone from spending hundreds every week on groceries/eating out and wasting so much of it to spending roughly $75-$100 a week to feed our family of four!!! Oh em gee!! My husband and I are building a house and need all the extra mullah we can get." - Danielle R.
A full, pre-made meal plan complete with grocery list and recipes for one whole week: breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks, and desserts! This is meal planning in action. Even if the recipes aren't quite to your taste or don't fit your dietary restrictions, you'll understand the thinking process that goes into meal planning and see how all of the expert tips get applied in a real week! ($10 value)
The flexible meal planning worksheet. If assigning meals to specific days feel too restrictive, this more flexible planning worksheet will help! ($3 value)
Think about this: By following the simple steps in this guide, you could easily save $17 per month -- or even per week!
1. It's designed to be quick. Once you get through your first week, you will be able to create weekly meal plans in record time. I can now make our weekly meal plan and grocery list in 15 minutes. I can do our grocery shopping for the entire week in less than an hour. Most of the meals in the premade meal plan can be on the table in 30 minutes or less (most of them, much less). Meal planning does not need to take up a huge chunk of your life to be effective!
2. It gives real-life examples. These tips are based on real, everyday life. From super quick backup meals when you're in a pinch, to making good use of leftovers, to having snacks and desserts on hand for when you're feeling snacky -- there are plenty of examples that you can apply and adapt for yourself. Even if the meals in the premade meal plan aren't to your taste, you'll still get a huge benefit from seeing meal planning in action. It gives you a glimpse into the thinking behind my meal plan and shows how I apply the tips and tricks from the guide.
3. It finds the balance between saving time and saving money. I used to be able to save tons of money when I had the time to cut coupons and cook everything from scratch. Then, when I had less time on my hands, I spent too much money on takeout and convenience foods. Over time, I figured out how to balance the two. You'll learn tons of tips and find the balance between saving time and saving money for yourself.
4. It can work for anyone! Big family or one person. Organic diet or food allergies or picky eaters. As you fill out the worksheets, you will customize this meal planning method to work for your specific situation.
How Long Does Meal Planning Take?
The more you do it, the less time it will take. I can make our weekly meal plan and grocery list in 10-15 minutes. It might take you a bit longer at first when you're new to the system. This method is designed to take as little time as possible and there are many time saving tips throughout the guide.
My Family Deals with Food Allergies, Can I Use This?
Yes! You'll fill out the worksheets with meals that will work for your situation. You will most likely have to make adaptations to use the bonus one week meal plan, as it is written without any food restrictions.
How Much Money Can I Save?
That totally depends on your priorities and what you eat. We currently spend about $70 per week for groceries for two adults. The amount you save is totally up to you! If you're currently getting fast food and takeout multiple times per week and you switch to meal planning and eating at home, your savings could be huge. Even if you have food allergies to contend with or eat mostly organic, there is always room for savings and improvement!
When Will I Get My Guide?
Immediately! You'll be able to download the guide and premade meal plan as a PDF immediately after purchase. You can then print them or view them on your device.
Do You Provide a Money Back Guarantee?
Yup! If you go through this guide and don't get any help from it, I'll gladly refund your purchase in full. no questions asked.