How to Start Meal Prepping When You are Used to Eating Out | [FREE PDF Budget Meal Plan with Shopping List]
I’m sure you’ve already heard about how great freezer cooking and meal prepping are for health reasons as well as money saving reasons. But, I’m not here to lecture you about why you need to jump into spending all day cooking for the rest of the month. That would be crazy! Especially if you’re used to grabbing meals out more often than eating at home.
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There is no denying that cooking over eating out is cheaper as well as healthier. And some may even argue, better tasting. Let’s face it, going from eating out twice a day to planning an entire week’s worth of meals is time consuming, and well - exhausting to even think about.
The key is to start small. Think about a budget menu that will last you at least 3-4 days. Going for a budget type of meal plan right off the bat is great for two reasons.
The first one is, if you are not used to buying a ton of groceries (since you typically don't cook many meals) it may seem like a surprising investment. Sure it's cheaper than eating out, but this way you won't use the price as an excuse not to do it. I know my first time meal planning for a longer period of time I kept thinking, if I fail that's a lot of food and money I just wasted...
The second reason is typically budget meal plans will require less ingredients. This means less time prepping and cooking. Which is great when you are starting out!
Make plans a couple times during the week to grab a quick, healthy, inexpensive bite for lunch or dinner. This isn’t about depriving yourself! This is a lifestyle change. You want to slowly move towards healthier options, and ease into consistently working towards good habits.
Download the FREE Budget Meal Plan PDF. This is my budget menu plan, one of four meal plans in my eBook The Ultimate Life Bundle. It comes with one recipe for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Along with money saving tips, shopping list of menu ingredients, and a meal prep day plan. The meal prep day plan will walk you through the necessary steps to take in order for you to have a stress-free cooking day! Happy meal planning!