If you search for “meal planning” on YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, etc. you will find more than a few videos, posts, and ideas on the topic, however they don’t always discuss where to start and how to set yourself up for success.
What’s your why
In order to get started meal planning, you need to think about your “why”. Why do you need to meal plan? Do you need to meal plan so that you can save money by not running to the store every night or eating out? Do you need to meal plan so that your family can have a meal at home on busy nights? What is you “why” and it could be a combo of a few points.
I can tell you that my reason why started not only to save money, but I needed to not have to make one more decision after a long day of work. I also hated that my pantry, freezer, and fridge looked like a disorganized mess because I never knew what I had and when I was going to use it. It truly is a first world problem, but for my life to run more seamless, I need to put some home items on auto-pilot.