We plan out our meals and snacks for the whole week on Sundays and then do our grocery shopping right afterwards. It takes the guess work out of the situation, and if we know we have a busy night coming up, we plan a slow cooker meal or a 30-minute meal.
I've sped up the process of meal planning by marking all our favourite recipes in our cookbooks with post-it notes, so I don't have to flip through tons of pages to find what I am looking for when I am making the grocery list. I also keep a file folder of recipes torn out of magazines and printed of the Internet to go to for inspiration when I want to try something new.
And if your kids are old enough, when they ask, "What's for dinner?", you can look at your menu posted on the fridge and say, "Such and such is for dinner, so why don't you help me get it ready by ...."
| Pounds lost: 40.0