5 simple ways to get your kids involved in meal planning

5 simple ways to get your kids involved in meal planning

Because meal planning is a huge focus in our home the kids learn about it from an early age. My four-year-old boys ask quite often what is for breakfast/lunch/dinner and sometimes it's for days in advance. They want to know when their favorites are coming! 

I want my kids to understand the reasons we meal plan as well as the way to do it. Meal planning wasn’t something I did until two years into marriage because I wasn’t taught it at a young age. I either bought what sounded good or tried to make a meal out of whatever was left in the cupboards and fridge until the next trip to the store. I’ve since learned all the great benefits of meal planning and I’m adamant about teaching it to the next generation.

So far my kids seem to understand the why behind meal planning quite well, but now we are working on the actual “how-to” side of meal planning.

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How we feed our family of 7 for under $400/month

How we feed our family of 7 for under $400/month

The family grocery budget wasn’t really a conversation I ever had with my parents growing up. I remember cutting coupons with my mom and her envelope that she brought to the store. I remember treating grocery shopping like a treasure hunt for the items on the coupons. But the actual numbers? Those were never talked about.

Now that I’m a mom, my kids probably think I spend too much time talking about our grocery budget! I want them to understand that the food we costs money and that in order for our overall budget to work and allow me to stay at home with them, we need to pay attention to what we spend as a family on our groceries. I want them to leave our home knowing how to plan meals, make a grocery list, and budget appropriately.

But how do we get to the point of creating not only a meal plan and grocery list, but also a reasonable family grocery budget?

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7 tasks to check off now for a stress-free holiday season

7 tasks to check off now for a stress-free holiday season

Don’t enter another holiday season unprepared and feeling scattered! Start preparing now by using these seven ideas to check tasks off your holiday to-do list. By starting now you can enter the holiday season with a plan and actually enjoy the time with your family!

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Save money on groceries and household essentials with these easy to use rewards programs

Save money on groceries and household essentials with these easy to use rewards programs

I'm not using these rewards to cut our grocery budget drastically. Instead I'm using them to tuck away a little bit here and there for buying items that are already on my list so we have some extra cash for fun splurges or Christmas and birthday gifts. Again, it's not going to put mega bucks in your pocket, but if you are already shopping, what does it hurt to spend a few minutes uploading your receipt to a few places to earn some pocket change? 

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Weekly Menu Plan #100 + a look at the weekly grocery shopping for our family of 7

Weekly Menu Plan #100 + a look at the weekly grocery shopping for our family of 7

This is it - the FINAL meal plan featured on the blog! In an effort to cut down on the amount of time I spend writing posts I had to think and pray long and hard about what to keep posting and what to eliminate. Last year I was posting four times each week. While I enjoyed writing my posts it was also A LOT of work to stay on top of constantly. Cutting it down to two per week is going to give me significantly more breathing room while also allowing more time to connect with readers and focus on quality posts rather than the quantity of posts. 

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Weekly Menu Plan #99 + a look at the weekly grocery shopping for our family of 7

Weekly Menu Plan #99 + a look at the weekly grocery shopping for our family of 7

Two weeks in a row at Aldi- what? Micah and I decided that healthier choices needed to be a priority this year so we are trying to cut the amount of carbs we are eating and adding more veggies to each meal. The kids aren't huge fans of this change but they are slowly, very slowly, coming around. We are still feeding them some of their favorites like pancakes and quick breads with their eggs but we are skipping and eating more loaded omelettes. Baby steps ;)

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