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5 Meal Planning Mistakes to Avoid

Meal planning is a great way to save time, money, and to finally avoid that drive-through. Avoid these 5 common mistakes for successful, (mostly) frustration-free meal prep!

SideChef
June 11, 2019
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Failing to Take Inventory

Planning meals ahead of time can cut down on the grocery bill. Just be sure to check the fridge first to avoid repeat purchases and waste. Before heading off to the store, double-check everything--including ingredients lists.

Super Tight Deadlines

Like any project, meal planning and prep takes time. Don’t forget that haste makes waste (and stress). Instead of trying to cram everything in, set aside plenty of time for planning and really take advantage of weekend free time to shop and cook.

Over-Ambition

Getting into the groove of meal planning can take time, so it's okay to plan for just 2-3 days instead of the full week. Start small and grow big!

Reinventing the Wheel

Variety is the spice of life, but don’t try and have a new menu every day. Remembering to reuse recipes that you liked will reduce stress and hassle.

Taking the “Plan” Too Far

You can plan and plan all you want, but sometimes things change! Remembering that it's okay is the important part.

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