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Do I start by planning one week at a time, then two, then the whole month? Do I plan breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or just start with dinner? I started by planning just dinners, and I had 3-4 breakfasts and lunches that I rotated through all the time during that time period.
Is it really going to save money? I found that it did. It not only cut down on what was spent at the grocery store, it cut the eating out bills as well.
Doesn't this squash creativity in the kitchen? Or can I factor that in somehow? No, you just get creative in advance when you plan your menu.
I spend a ridiculous amount of money on groceries each month, $1000/month for 5 people. Of course, I have to buy a lot of specialized ingredients because my kids have food intolerances to corn, egg, dairy, soy, and other things, but still, it seems horribly high. Can I still do this? Absolutely. In fact, you might find it saves you even more. At one point I was gluten, dairy, soy, corn, egg, cashew and apple free. Planning ahead was the only thing that kept me sane.
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