Standing in the kitchen staring into the fridge at supper time is never a good way to decide what’s for dinner! Here are three simple tips to end the mealtime meltdowns.
- Have a meal plan – one of the simplest but probably the most overlooked is to have a meal plan prepared ahead of time. It doesn’t need to be fancy – just a written out outline of what you’d like to have for supper each day is all you need to get yourself organized. You can download my free menu planner HERE!
- Find bargains in weekly flyers – using the weekly flyers, go ahead and find a few good bargains that you can use as the foundation of your weekly plan. I use the Reebee app on my iPad so I don’t need to use the paper flyers. Two added bonuses of using Reebee are: a) as you go through the flyers you can check off items you want, and Reebee will create a shopping list for you; and b) with that shopping list Reebee creates, you can show your grocery store prices at other supermarkets and ask yours to price match!
- Make a shopping list – never, I repeat, never go grocery shopping without a list. Not only will you forget half the things you need (that may be just me but go with it) but you’ll also be tempted to by a whole slew of items you don’t need (I’m looking at you potato chips!). Using Reebee for the sale items, and a simple paper list for staples is the best way to make sure nothing gets forgotten!
A menu plan is single-handedly the best way to avoid the daily mealtime panic that I’ve seen in my own home! A few minutes planning at the beginning of the week will make your daily meal time much more relaxed and that will definitely get rid of the “hangries”!