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hello everybody this is money mom welcome back to the channel I wanted to talk to you guys today about the steps we could take before we even begin meal planning there's a lot of fabulous meal planning videos out there that talk about organizational tips to help us meal plan there's all different ways to meal plan and what I wanted to talk to you guys about are the different ways and some little helpful tips to help you decide what may be the right method for you or you can make up your own method first of all some families shop once a month and if they do that they may do something where they do a batch cooking and they make freezer meals so that they have food for the entire month I think that sounds like a wonderful plan especially if you have a freezer where you can store and label these things also I've seen some families where they've got people in the household that work and they want to you know pack their lunches what they'll do is they'll take one day on the weekend and spend several hours and they'll cook everything for the entire week put in the refrigerator and labeling that's another way also some people don't enjoy cooking at all and may just do something very simple may have cereal or they may just have a sandwich and soup so everyone is different and you have to decide what works best for you I noticed when I started meal planning I would go over and do all sorts of elaborate tech means I'd make several different side dishes and I noticed that I really didn't even have to do that so some of the hints that I wanted to give you was number one whatever meal planning method you want to take and do for your family you can use some of these tips and maybe you're already using a number one keep a list of ingredients for maybe your family's five favorite meals so maybe taco salad is something your family has all the time or stuffed potatoes or stuffed peppers just giving you a couple examples so you may want to have some of these ingredients on hand or next time you make maybe lasagna one of your family's favorites maybe make two of them or maybe make one and take half of it and put it in a freezer label it and use it for another time that would be an example so maybe always have ingredients on hand for some of your staples number two the freezer and slow cooker are your friend and that's the one thing that I want to start doing more is if I make a meal and maybe I make a lot of something example chili for some reason when i make chili there is just always a lot next time i make it which won't be for a while since it's over 100 degrees here i'm going to plan on putting it in a container labeling it and keeping it in their freezer or possibly sharing it with a friend which brings me to number three sharing with the friend i've got two of my friends that we share food back and forth i tend to share the produce my friend recently her daughter-in-law made some delicious chicken and they brought him me over some and it was enough for my husband my daughter and myself so we share with each other that way you don't waste food number four keep it simple which I wasn't doing for a long time you guys know we don't need to look up close to this because you've seen my quote meal plan my meal plan used to be Monday have this and be a meal with all these different side dishes Tuesday have this now I put all the possibilities of meals up on the top and then the middle all the possibilities of side dishes then down here possibilities of a dessert of the these are ingredients I have in the house also possibilities of breakfast and then over here stuff I need to use so that's what I do this really does help make sure that we use everything in the house and this is my biggest tip you don't always have to cook especially if it's hot out I notice in my refrigerator I've got a lot of different things I've got like cold cuts and cheese in there you know cottage cheese also hummus crackers so say you didn't feel like cooking you're like you know I just don't feel like it it's 106 degrees outside who says you have to quote make a meal with meat and potatoes and a vegetable you could simply get out and have a hard-boiled egg some cottage cheese maybe a little yogurt hummus and crackers maybe some cantaloupe on the side and you can call that dinner there's nothing wrong with that no one says you have to have meat and potatoes that's kind of how I grew up with the meat and the potatoes or you know the goulashes but no one says you have to have that especially during the summer if you don't feel like cooking so you can do meal planning where it's super simple you can plan your things or you don't have to plan at all just keep some favorites along that everyone loves to eat that's the one thing that I do let me know below in the comments how do you meal plan how do you save money and give any tips that have been a deal changer for you in your life this is money mom signing off and as always I love you bye-bye