Meal Planning 101: Save Time and Money

This post may contain affiliate links. I never recommend anything I have not tried myself. All opinions are 100% mine.   I have previously talked about meal planning before as a means to lowering food costs. And since that time, I’ve had a few people reach out to inquire about it more. So, I thought I would dedicate a whole post to meal planning and include a few recipes to get anyone who’s interested, started.   Like Anything, Meal Planning has its Pros and Cons. Pros: Meal planning eliminates the 5:00 panic of what to make for dinner. When you have a plan, your proteins can be thawed out and ready to go when you walk in the door from work. No more unsafe thawing practices or defrosting chicken in the microwave and trying to cut off the dried-up edges—you know the nasty parts…

5 Best Grocery Apps for Cutting Food Costs

This post may contain affiliate links. All opinions and recommendations are 100% mine. Using the Best Grocery Apps to Cut Your Food Budget   Saving money on food is one of the most impactful areas of the budget to cut back. After housing and transportation costs (includes auto loans, maintenance and fuel), food comes in third as the biggest portion of the American household budget; if you own your cars outright, it’s likely that your food costs then come in second. Food costs, including both eating out and at home, comprise about 10% of the average family’s pretax income. So, it should come as no surprise that the desire to cut those costs back as much as possible has led to a rise in the popularity of grocery apps. And there are lots of them to choose from. Here are the 5 best grocery apps that I use…

How I Feed My Family of 6 on $125 a Week

  Maybe $125 a week sounds like a lot to you depending on your situation, but it’s not much for our family of 6, especially considering the size of my son’s appetite! ? Getting all that we need for that amount does take some work and it all begins with two little words that may cause some dread: meal planning. I fought against it for a long time, but then I discovered the Home Headquarters kit from LoveandMoney.com (they also have a storefront on Amazon if you have Prime!). It’s a command center for your home to keep you organized, which helps you save money. The kit includes frames to place templates behind so you can use dry erase markers to make and change plans, a wall calendar to keep track of everyone’s schedules, a jelly jar and hardware to hold writing utensils, and a chalkboard…