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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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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11 foods that I will almost always make from scratch and 3 I don't

11 foods that I will almost always make from scratch and 3 I don't

When it comes to rocking the frugal life, homemade food is one of the best ways to save money. I didn’t always make food from scratch and looking back I can’t believe how much money I spent on food that comes together so easily.

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Weekly Menu Plan #98 + a look at the weekly grocery shopping for our family of 7

Weekly Menu Plan #98 + a look at the weekly grocery shopping for our family of 7

Happy New Year weekend! We are repeating a few of the same appetizers from Christmas Eve (we prepped extra when we made them the first time) plus we are adding in french fries and mini tacos in place of meatballs and shrimp. But that's about as exciting as we get around here. The kids will still be in bed at a fairly normal hour and while we might see midnight, it's mostly because we don't need to leave the house the next day and not because we we want to see the year switch over. 

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