Approaching cooking and eating on an ad hoc seat-of-the-pants basis will be frustrating, expensive, and stressful.
Living in a multi-generational household has plenty of advantages. These families forge tighter bonds, and all members benefit from a helpful, loving support system. Filling a house with enough people to inhabit a small village tends to be chaotic. This notion rings doubly true when it comes to cooking and meal planning. Approaching cooking and eating on an ad hoc seat-of-the-pants basis will be frustrating, expensive, and stressful.
With that said, how are multi-generational households supposed to successfully coordinate meals, so that everyone’s health specifications are met, and it doesn’t break the bank?
Enter meal planning. A process that saves time and money while keeping things organised and streamlined amid a bustling household. Meal planning necessitates the in-advance mapping out of meals and snacks one eats every day.
Those who’ve never planned meals before should start with baby steps, planning a few days ahead at a time. Upon getting more comfortable with the process, it’s possible to plan weeks ahead.
How Does Meal Planning Save Money?
Multi-generational households are filled with people who have different tastes, needs, and preferences. Grandma might be lactose intolerant, little Jimmy might be celiac, mom potentially is diabetic, etc. The list is never-ending. Without a clear plan in place, trying to meet the various needs of the family can pull someone in a million different directions.
Some nights, the chosen cook will possess the wear withal and resolve to cook the perfect meal for the collective family unit. However, on many other nights, there’ll be the urge to order in food or visit a restaurant, because it’s more convenient at the time. On average, commercial food is marked up by 300%. Continually eating out chews up budgets and spits them out.
Furthermore, a meal plan reduces costly food waste because everything purchased gets eaten, for the most part. Plus, this approach prevents expensive impulse buys at the market because there’s a grocery list to maintain a budget-centric focus.
How Does It Save Time?
Coordinating everybody’s health specifications in the household, meal after meal, on the fly, is a tall task. Without a plan in place, there’s a far greater chance that – to satisfy everyone – a last-minute trip to the grocery store happens several times per week. That time adds up, plus, it wastes gas.
A meal plan ensures the household is stocked with ingredients suitable to everybody’s dietary needs. Thereby reducing unscheduled trips to the grocery store. This way, families will spend less time running around and more time enjoying their time together.