I have done menu planning before, and I will probably do it again. Right now, though, I don’t do it. I have spent weeks thinking that I should get back to it, but I have finally decided that I’m not going to. At least not right now. Here’s why.
It works for me.
- I’ve done this dinner thing enough that I don’t find myself spending too much time deciding what to fix. I start thinking about it early in the day, if not the day before.
- When I shop, I buy meat and other items that are on sale, and I keep some meat in the freezer. I buy an assortment of fruits and vegetables and keep potatoes, rice and pasta on hand. I also keep on hand things like spaghetti sauce and canned food that I commonly use.
- If I come across a recipe I want to make that uses ingredients I don’t have, I put it on my shopping list and make it after I have gone to the store. I don’t make little trips to the store for things like that.
I save money. I know that sounds backwards, but for me it’s true.
- When I plan a menu, I usually plan for more food than we really need. I end up with lots of leftovers that don’t always get used.
- I also tend to plan more expensive meals than what I would cook normally.
- I don’t know what will be on sale when I plan the menu. That is because I never liked planning one week at a time. I really prefer to plan one month at a time.
- I simply don’t take the option of eating out. Instead, when I find myself in a jam, I make due with what I have, even if that means eggs and toast for dinner. We like breakfast for dinner anyway.
So now you know. And since my secret is out, I can be free to say, “I don’t menu plan!” and not feel guilty about it. Do you menu plan?