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Making a Weekly Menu

Have you ever wanted to learn how to make cooking dinner a little easier? Or how about saving a lot of money the next time you go grocery shopping? What about reducing the stress that can often come with making dinner? Try making a weekly menu. Believe it or not, by simply making weekly menus you can help accomplish all of these things.

However, making a weekly menu can be difficult if you don't know how to do it. Use these guidelines to help you make a weekly menu. This way the next time you want to save money, reduce stress, or simply just make dinner a little easier all you need to do is look at the menu.

  1. Consider favorites. When you start making your weekly menu, you need to start by thinking of any favorite recipes or meals that your family might like. While some favorites may be too expensive, or hard to make, this list will provide a great starting place for your menu. Plus, as you write these meals down you will be able to better balance everyone's tastes and give everyone in your family a chance to have something that they like throughout the week.
  2. Look at schedules. When writing down your menu, take some time to look at the next week's schedule of events. You might have a special event coming up, like a birthday, which may require a special meal. Also, this will give you the chance to see if you will have certain nights that have meetings, clubs, practices, or some other event going on that is going to limit the amount of time that you have to either make the meal or to eat it.
  3. Recipe skill level. When preparing your menu, take time to see if you have the skill level necessary to prepare the meal. Arrange your menu so you will have the meals that take longer time to make, will be on those days that you have more time to make them.
  4. Use fresh ingredients first. Keep in mind the ingredients that you currently have in the home. Use the fresh ingredients first so that you don't end up having them go bad on you later in the week. Allowing groceries to spoil is nothing more than throwing away your money, so make sure to use those groceries before they go bad.
 

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