I’m really struggling with something. I don’t understand why every frugal living blog out there says we need a meal plan. Sure, if there is a special event, Thanksgiving, Christmas or a birthday dinner, I will go out of my way to plan something. Aside from that…I just don’t get it.
I once read a tidbit that said most families cycle out the same 10-14 meals or so a month. Let’s assume this is an accurate estimate. Do you really need to write down the same menus every week? I mean sure, here and there you might make a swap, but overall, shouldn’t you know what you need from the store? My husband and I buy a lot of staple items for our pantry anyway. We have certain vegetables and fruits we like and we buy those. We have certain meals we eat on a regular basis and our stockpile supports those as well.
To me, sitting down and planning out everything you’re going to eat takes a lot of the spontaneity out of food. Maybe I have flashbacks from Weight Watchers and counting and pre-planning every single thing that went into my mouth for weeks on end. What if I wake up on Tuesday and I don’t want to eat a veggie platter? What if I want pasta? What if I am dying for shrimp? Sometimes we will run to the store mid-week and have a date night meal, like a steak and baked potato with fried shrimp, especially if there is still money in the grocery envelope! Excuse me while I clean the drool off of my keyboard.
I can freely admit I do get sick of the constant barrage of “what’s for dinner” from my husband. Even though he does the majority of the cooking, I constantly have to weigh in on what we’re going to have. I can see a planned menu keeping that question out of my life. I have even been considering the Clean Eating menu plan from eMeals lately, (Especially since you can now order it for 2 people) just to stop hearing “What’s for dinner” and to shake up our routine a bit.
Lately, because I have been working so hard on our budgets and couponing, I have a much better idea of what is in the pantry than I have had in the recent past. We still shop sales and we still stockpile. I kind of have an inventory in my head of what we can cook based new purchases along with what we can cook with necessities. For instance, I know I have the ingredients for chocolate chip cookies in my kitchen right now. I also know that I have no incentive to make them…yet. 🙂
Maybe I don’t feel the need to make a menu plan because our household only has two people in it. If we over cook, the food becomes our lunch the next day or we freeze it for an easy meal another night. I just don’t see the need for US to have a menu plan.
Do you make a menu plan? Why or why not? Am I missing some major reason why we should have one in our household? Have you tried eMeals, and if so what did you think?by