You’re the kind of woman who thinks to herself, “I want to spend less time cooking and less money on food so I can enjoy my life outside of the kitchen and spend my hard-earned money on things I really want.” You know if you made some small changes to how you plan your weekly meals, it could make a huge difference in your productivity and finances. Sounds like you’re a woman with goals. This is why meal planning is important and just what you need to save your time and money!
You’d rather spend your time and money getting a mani/pedi, maybe checking out a new movie with your homegirls, or maybe with family. I know my clients (and myself!) feel this way, which is why I help them come up with meal plans that empower them to having more time in their schedule and more money in their bank accounts. This is one way I coach them to thrive in and out of the kitchen; meal planning and meal prepping. Here’s why.
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Why Meal Planning is Important
Meal Planning Saves You Time
It cuts your cooking time in half. Seriously. If you calculated how much time it took to cook four individual meals, compared to one big meal and portioning it out, the amount of time and energy you could save is game-changing. This is why meal planning is important and damn near life transforming.
But how long does meal prepping really take and how much time does meal planning really save you? My answer; the time it takes to meal prep is based on how well you’ve planned, your prior experience meal prepping and your goals.
Do you want to plan one meal for the week, like breakfast, or do you want to plan for all three? Are you all about eating the same meal for four days (this is me!) or do you need variety? I recommend you let your lifestyle needs and goals help you decide. Remember, your meal planning will determine the time it’ll take you to prep!
Meal Planning Saves You Money
Meal planning will help you save more than half of the money that you would have spent eating out. Real talk. You’ll find meal planning is friendly on your bank account, giving you the funds you need to do things you love during the time you save not cooking and, instead, enjoying life.
I recommend planning for seven days and prepping for four days. Why? Because meal planning for seven days allows us to see the bigger picture in our week, especially if we have goals. Meal prepping for four days keeps your food fresh (unless you’re freezing your meals). Anything after four days and your food looks sad. That’s discouraging when you have a take-out join down the block, right?! There goes your well-intentioned money-saving plan…
Is your goal to save your hard-earned coins in the bank? Want to afford that yoga and meditation retreat next spring? Ready to start paying off that CC debt? All these questions can be, “Yes!” using the money you save by meal planning and prepping. Little by little. Just do the math.
Are you still trying to wrap your head around meal planning and meal prepping? Is it important for you to save time and money?
Whether it’s the planning or the prepping, I help my clients get comfortable with finding strategies that make like a lot more organized and peaceful. This includes feeling empowered in and outside of the kitchen.
Contact me today for a complimentary 60-minute Clarity Session and let’s strategize to get you back to your healthiest self yet, girlfriend!
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