Have you ever wondered how you could save money on your grocery bill? My new Meal Planning on a Budget bundle, teaches you step-by-step, how to make a meal plan that works for you!
This book is my step by step guide to help you learn meal planning that works for you. Cultured Palate newsletter members received a survey a few months ago.
I asked, “If you could ask me any one question, what would it be?”
The winner was, “How Can I Feed My Family Healthy Food on a Budget?”
So, I got to work and Meal Planning on a Budget (51 pages) book was born. Plus, the Recipe Cost Calculating Workbook (22 pages) was also created. You get a total of 73 pages to help you save money!
The workbook teaches you to calculate the cost of specific recipes.
Why is this important? If you know that one recipe costs twice the price of another, you can limit the number of times you serve it. You can still have the more expensive recipe but, have also plan for less expensive ones. This is a way to save.
For example: If I know which recipes costs me $5 for my family and which ones costs $10, I will still choose to have the expensive recipes but I will have more often the less expensive ones.
How I began Meal Planning
My wake-up call came several years ago after I had become lazy about writing down our expenses. I have kept a budget book for years in which I write down all expenditures so I know where our money is going.
You can now also find these same budget pages in the Daily Life Planner so you don’t have to reinvent the wheel.
But, I had stopped writing them down and began wondering where our money was going. I was shocked at what I found! I learned that I was spending $800 for our family of 10 (at that time, 8 children were at home). You can read more here: Menu Planning – Cutting My Grocery Budget by Over 60%.
Meal Planning on a Budget Book
The steps I explain in Meal Planning on a Budget and the Recipe Cost Calculating Workbook are the steps I have taken and still use today.
Let’s face it – a meal plan doesn’t help one little bit if it doesn’t work…or if you don’t use it. That is what Meal Planning on a Budget does – it teaches you how to make meal planning work for you.
Meal Planning on a Budget covers topics like the Process of Meal Planning, Selecting Meals for the Plan, Putting the Plan into Action, Tips and Tricks, Shopping in Bulk, Shopping Sales, Trouble Shooting, Holiday Meals….
Printables included are Family Favorite Meals List, Family Favorite Meals List by categories, Freezer Inventory, Pantry Inventory, Recipes to Try, Shopping List, Grocery Expense Tracker, Price Book, Itemized Spending Tracker, plus others to help determine recipe costs and record them.
The Recipe Cost Calculating Workbook helps you take your meal planning on a budget a step further and know how much each recipe costs to serve. Do you know how much your recipes actually cost to make? You can learn to do it quickly and easily and this workbook shows you how.
This is the step that saved me even more! Calculating the cost of recipes is touched on in Meal Planning on a Budget and explained in more depth in this hands-on workbook!
You are given steps and even sample recipes in which you are given the information to calculate the cost. Then, you can check yourself with the answers that are given.
Printables are included to help you here also! These include: Recipe Price Calculator Worksheet, Recipe Price Record Sheet, Individual Ingredient Pricing Chart, and Measurement Conversions.
I would love to hear what is on your meal plan if you have one and if you are just getting started – let me hear about it!