Money Saving Meal Planning: Quick, Healthy and Delicious Meals on a Budget

Attention Women, moms, family meal planners, and busy individuals everywhere: Are you sick of throwing money away every month on food that goes bad?

Do you regularly waste money on food that you never end up cooking or eating even though you have the best of intentions?

Do you struggle with what to make for dinner because you don’t have a plan?

Do you resort to eating high calorie takeout due to lack of planning? Are you ready to learn a simple, sustainable system to easily plan and prepare healthy meals while saving money too?

It’s a fact: The average American family throws out almost $600 worth of meat, produce and grains that have gone bad each year! Now that’s a sure way to jeopardize both your health and pocketbook every month due to lack of proper meal planning.

From the Desk of Wendy Battles, Optimal Health Coach and Meal Planning Afficionado: How lack of planning comprised my own health and well being

 I have to admit, I used to be one of those meal planning statistics.

It used to be that I wasted time and money every week because I didn’t have a plan for what I was going to eat, how I was going to prepare it and how much I even needed. I would go to the store and randomly walk the aisles, buying things that looked good but without regard to health benefits, preparation time and amount.  I would end up eating poorly balanced meals that were often full of too much fat and calories and not enough fruits and vegetables. Sometimes the meals I made were too elaborate and I’d end up spending the entire night in the kitchen cooking and cleaning. And sometimes I never even cooked. That’s right; I’d get so busy that I’d never get around to cooking the food I’d bought.

So when I was short on time, I resorted to eating out which usually meant getting something fast and less than healthy. Or getting takeout packed with empty calories. All the while, I was spending far too much money with little to no health benefits to show for it.

And that’s not even including the money I wasted on food that went bad. Rotting lettuce and other veggies, fruit that was over ripe and the many containers of food growing fuzz in the back of the refrigerator — it was all money down the drain.

  Week after week, and month after month, my lack of planning compromised my health and my pocketbook. And it was reflected in some chronic health problems that I developed. I felt frustrated, overwhelmed and daunted by the task of meal planning and I was simply fed up with spending so much money.

How I started to turn things around

It wasn’t until I began to get some help for my health problems that I started to improve my diet. And it wasn’t until I improved my diet that I started to get serious about healthy shopping and meal preparation. Out went too much dining out and take out, in came healthy meal prep.

But you know what? I was still wasting plenty of food. Sure, I knew what to buy and even had some inkling of how to prepare it, yet I still had problems estimating what amount to buy. And because I was so busy, I didn’t plan in the context of reality. I planned what I thought I could make but didn’t always consider the time factor. So I still had too much food going bad.

Fast forward several years to my current career as a health coach. Although I had mastered healthy eating I still used to struggle with the planning aspects. That is, until I created a simple, meal planning system that’s transformed how I shop, prep and eat healthy foods. Gone are the days of wasted food, eating out because there’s nothing healthy around, and long hours in the kitchen. The reality is that it took lots of trial and error and the forming of new habits to make meal planning stick, but it was worth it!

In fact, I’ve discovered a way to create healthy and delicious meals in a short time that’s freed me from long hours in the kitchen so I can do the things I truly enjoy.

And because I have a plan that’s flexible, realistic and easy to follow, I’m no longer wasting food or money. What a concept! Instead, my family and I enjoy healthy and delicious meals that are cost effective, bursting with nutrients and easy to prepare. And we’re doing it for the long haul – a healthy lifestyle choice.

Personal Success Story: Erica

“I was fortunate to be part of Wendy’s recent Money Saving Meal Planning class. Prior to taking the class, I wasted a lot of food and I wasn’t doing my body or my family’s body any good by not planning properly. In addition, I often went to the store unprepared without a list or game plan and made poor choices. After taking the meal  planning class, I was able to focus in on how much I was spending, and even  more importantly, how much food I was wasting.  Now I’m able to prepare and plan ahead so I’m not making last minute purchases. And I was able to pay attention to old, outdated items in my cupboard and get rid of them.  In essence, I was able to make room for the new by getting rid of the old.I recommend this class highly– you will notice significant changes in your health and your life, and that  of your family!”  – Erica, North Haven, CT If I can do it, you can too!

How did I go from meal planning maniac to meal planning aficionado? 

Simply put, I developed a workable system, got into a weekly routine and have maintained it over time.

Let’s be honest, half the battle in planning healthy meals is consistency. Like anything, it only works if you stick to it. But to stick to it, it has to be relatively easy! I’ve developed a simple system with easy-to-use forms that doesn’t require an advanced degree.

In fact, it’s so simple, that once you can get used to it, planning is a snap. You may even come to look forward to it. Just imagine the satisfaction when you know you’re feeding your family healthy food, within your budget that helps you balance the other parts of your life and have more fun. Would you like to learn a simple, sustainable system for weekly meal planning that gets meals on your table with minimal effort but maximum benefit? Would you like to learn how to save money and stop wasting so much food?

If you said yes, then you are ready for the “Money Saving Meal Planning: Quick, Healthy and Delicious Meals on a Budget” home study course.

During the course you will learn how to:

Imagine how great you will feel when you’re no longer pouring money down the drain on food gone bad and scrambling around trying to create a healthy meal at the last minute!

And imagine feeling calm and confident in knowing that you’re feeding you and your family healthy foods that still fit into your budget. Register now and you’ll learn my meal planning secrets to success.

I’m so excited to share with you how I’ve gone from meal planning maniac to meal planning aficionado and how I never stress over planning healthy meals anymore. I’ve gotten so adept at planning meals that I can do it in several easy steps that save me tons of time, and you can do the same!

  • You’ll learn how to save valuable time and money by:
  • Planning the week’s meals up front instead of each day
  • Having the ingredients you need already on hand
  • Shopping more efficiently when you have a plan and only buying what you need
  • Eliminating needless trip to the store that eat into your time and use up your gas
  • Knowing what’s in your refrigerator and having a plan for how you’ll use it

Personal Success Story: Karen Batchelor

“Before I took Wendy’s Money Saving Meal Planning course, I thought I had a pretty healthy diet.  But what I realized in the very first session is that eating healthy foods here and there just wasn’t a sustainable game plan.  And I can’t tell you how much food I wasted because I didn’t get around to cooking it.  In these uncertain times, that’s not something I can afford to do anymore. Throughout the course I developed a better understanding of the foods that are best for me, especially at midlife.  Then I learned how to plan a week of meals from breakfast to dinner—before I hit the aisles of my favorite grocery store.  I went from impulsive to strategic in my shopping which has already saved me money.  These days, eating healthy balanced meals on a balanced budget means less stress (and a few less pounds) in my life!   Thanks Wendy for all the helpful tips and resources!”  – Karen Batchelor, Detroit, MI

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