When it comes to using up your food before it goes bad, the best advice I can give you is this: SHOP YOUR KITCHEN.
Treat your kitchen like a grocery store whenever you plan meals. Often you'll already have everything you need, except maybe one or two ingredients.
I’ve always planned my meals around what I already have, but now that I’m trying so hard not to waste, I really push myself to use up everything. Even the random stuff that gets pushed into cupboard corners.
The last time I made a grocery list, I planned seventeen meals and three desserts… and only needed eight ingredients to make them.
When I first went on a hunt for affiliate partners, I assumed using them would be a chore. I had no idea how excited I would be about the great products I can now offer my readers.
Already, I have Home Chef and Plated - for both, you order the meals and they bring all the ingredients to your door; Valley Food Storage - food with a shelf life of 25 years; Peapod - a grocery delivery service; and the company I want to tell you about today: $5 Meal Plan
$5 Meal Plan
Do you struggle with meal planning? Do you ever go to the grocery store and not know what to buy, or look in the fridge and not know what to make? Is your grocery bill astronomically high and you want to lower it?
Five Dollar Meal Plan offers weekly plans to cook meals that generally cost only $5 per meal to make. It's only $5 a month and the first two weeks are free; considering how much money you can save planning cheap meals, that's a great price.
When I first heard about this company, I thought they just gave you a list of recipes each week and that's it. Even if that were true, it's well-worth the purchase; I believe proper meal planning is not only the key to food management, but also the key to happiness.
But this company has an entire social network with exciting features:
Sorry that list got pretty long, but there was just so much stuff about $5 Meal Plan that I like!
You're probably thinking, "Fine, but do the meals actually taste good?"
The Facebook followers certainly seem to like them, but of course that isn't enough for me. When I get back from vacation, I plan on testing an entire weekly meal plan. Not only will I tell you how the cooking went; I will also price out the recipes to see if they really pass the $5 test.
Stay tuned! When I'm done, I'll post links to my articles on this page.
Have you tried $5 Meal Plans? What did you think?
My whole life changed once I started keeping a family cookbook. I actually can’t remember what life was like before I had one. Surely, it was a bleak time for me. Meal planning must have been a nightmare!
Did I seriously used to have recipes strewn all over the house and the internet? When I planned meals, did I actually rely on my faulty memory?
Was there really a time when I would make something delicious and then forget where I found it, or worse, that I had ever made it?
I don’t know how on earth I went grocery shopping!
The reasons for keeping a cookbook are manifold, but here’s a few of them: