Meal planning is #1 way that I save money on groceries. Without a doubt, the 30-60 minutes I spend on Sunday planning our upcoming week’s meals saves me time, money and my sanity.
And since the grocery budget is the easiest category to reduce, I am diligent every weekend to plan our meals for the upcoming week.
I like to try at least one new recipe each week and Pinterest is the only search engine I really use for recipes. (I don’t even bother Googling to search for recipes anymore.) If I see pork chops on sale at the store, I’ll search “pork chop recipes” on Pinterest for new ideas.
In the past, when I found a recipe on Pinterest that I wanted to try I would re-pin it to one of my boards. But I was forgetting what I had pinned and where and if I didn’t like something, I didn’t want it on my boards, so I created a new board titled, Dinner This Week.
I now pin a recipe that I plan on trying to that board. And I only pin the recipe if I absolutely plan on trying it, otherwise I have stopped randomly pinning recipes that I will NEVER get around to, because my boards were getting ridiculous.
If we like the recipe, I re-pin it to one of my main boards, but if we don’t like the recipe, I delete the pin.
If you click over to my Dinner This Week board, you’ll see the new recipes that I’ve tried over the last 3 weeks. (I still need to move or delete them.)
This simple trick is saving me so much time. When dinner prep time rolls around, I log on to Pinterest and find the pin on my Dinner This Week board and click over to the recipe.
Seriously, what did we do before Pinterest!
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Lydia @ Thrifty Frugal Mom says
Sounds like a great strategy! I also like to try at least one new recipe a week and use Pinterest all the time as a recipe search engine. I have often asked myself, how did I manage before Pinterest!? 🙂
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Great tips and advice! I just recently reorganized my Pinterest board to make it more useful in planning meals. I had one category-Food and I was putting everything from cupcakes to cooking tips to salads to meatballs in it. I now have separate categories to quickly find a main course and side dish for dinner. I had been on a roll with new recipes. I was 3 for 3 until last night…part of the meal worked so we were not at a complete loss. I am stopping by from Thrifty Thursday link party.
I had a meal like that last week. I had to improvise with some leftovers to save dinner! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.
I’ve been doing this for a year now, as I got tired of buying ingredients (sometimes expensive ones) and forgetting what I was going to make with them! It also comes in handy when I’m running late getting home from work and I can tell my husband to go on Pinterest (i taught him how ti find the board) and get dinner started for us!
Pinterest is such a handy tool. And I love that you taught your husband how to use it. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.