Making A Food Plan To Save Money

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Your mindset plays a big role in your finances! You can choose to come at budgeting from a mindset being restricted and deprived, or you can choose to have a mindset of creativity and fun!

I was reminded of this recently when I only had $46 left in our grocery budget for the last week of February. Instead of thinking how deprived we would feel, my first thought was: challenge accepted! I shopped our freezer and pantry first and got creative about what meals we could make with what we already had. I just had to purchase milk, eggs, and produce and we ate quite well for the week!

"When you can treat budgeting and saving as a game or challenge, you’ll enjoy your life much more and set yourself up for success!"

A few ways to try this:

  1. Have a pantry challenge: Lower your grocery budget for a week or more by challenging yourself to eat what you have in your kitchen and only buy the fresh produce you need.

  2. Do a pack-a-lunch challenge: Print out a monthly calendar and challenge your family to bring packed lunches to work or school for a certain number of days for the month. Every successful day gets a green check mark on the calendar!

  3. Plan a stuck-to-the-budget treat: Plan a special treat for if your family can stick to the budget for the month! It could be a special meal or family activity. Everyone will stay motivated with a fun short-term goal.

I’m so excited to share that Christine White - The Mostly Simple Life - was a guest speaker on my podcast recently! We got to chat about how you can make a budget-friendly meal plan.

What are some are some of her awesome tips? Check out the podcast episode to find out.

Christine White is the creator of The (mostly) Simple Life. She spends her days helping others get organized, stick to a budget, and create healthier habits.

Free Video Training: Meal Planning: Simplified
Instagram: @themostlysimplelife
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Creating a plan ahead of time is HUGE for your budget + your sanity! If you're brand new to meal planning then I'd highly recommend Let's Make Meal Planning Simple. I love this step-by-step guide that my friend Christine from The Mostly Simple Life created. It's full of expert tips, full pre-made meal plans, + all of the worksheets you need!

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I'm the wife to my high school sweetheart, Daniel, + homeschooling momma to our 3 girls. I'm the Budgeting Coach + Motivational Speaker behind 
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My family used to be in $490k of debt + living paycheck-to-paycheck, but after we hit rock bottom everything changed for us!

Now that my family has become debt free + gained financial freedom, I want to help your family do the same! My passion is inspiring women to live abundant lives through budgeting, intentional living, and positive thinking.

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