Failing to plan is planning to fail is what they say….
Every family with two working parents finds it difficult in balancing buying enough groceries and buying the right items to create healthy meals. Our kids go to after school care, which means they don’t get home until almost 6pm, we have a strict rule in our house that homework should be done, pj’s should be on and teeth should be brushed by 7pm. This allows the kids to sit in their rooms, talk to us about their day, play with their toys, watch TV and generally chill out before switching everything off at 9pm for sleep. It does put a lot of pressure on us to get dinner ready and tabled as soon as possible to comply with our strict rule.
The system I use, is a meal planner. I know there are apps for your phone, tablet, etc. but call me old fashioned, I like having pages in my planner that I can look at and write on (I always need an excuse to buy more washi tape) without having to charge it everyday.
I use this template and print out enough every week to use. It allows me to plan what meals we are having for the week, what shopping I need to buy and the inventory list allows me to see at a glance what we already have. Having an inventory cuts down on over buying and food waste. The planning helps me feel less stressed about trying to throw something together at short notice. It also allows me to plan healthier dishes and often to buy fresher ingredients, e.g. picking up fresh vegetables or meat, etc. on the way to the train station after work.
I hope this helps you and your family. If it does, let us know in the comments below. Or if you do things differently, let us know that too, it’s great when people share their experiences and ideas 😀