Meal Planning Checklist for a Budget-Friendly Kitchen
This meal planning checklist is designed to help create a budget-friendly kitchen. Start by checking the pantry and fridge for ingredients that need to be used up soon. Plan meals for the week based on the ingredients on hand and budget. Make a grocery list for the remaining ingredients needed and check for sales and coupons before heading to the store. Stick to the grocery list and avoid impulse purchases. Buy generic or store-brand items instead of name-brand and choose seasonal produce that is typically less expensive. Buy in bulk for items that are used frequently and cook meals in batches and freeze leftovers for future meals. Use cheaper cuts of meat or substitute with plant-based proteins and avoid pre-packaged and processed foods. Use a slow cooker or pressure cooker to save time and energy and plan for leftovers and incorporate them into future meals. Lastly, keep track of expenses and adjust the meal plan accordingly.