Easy Meal Planning Tips

Does mealtime roll around and you don’t know what to serve? Check out these easy meal planning tips to make dinner quick and easy.

Easy Meal Planning Tips | Good Cheap Eats

Whether you plan your meals a month at a time, buy a premade meal plan, or decide each morning what you’re going to serve for that day, meal planning is an important step in saving money on groceries, avoiding waste, and eating healthfully.

But do you ever get stumped as to what to plan? Need fresh inspiration? Wondering what in the world the kids will eat without complaining?

Recently, I had the chance to guest post over at Faithful Provisions. Over there Kelly shares creative ways to save money and live generously. I love that motto.

My post features some of my easy meal planning tips for the school season.

Meal planning has always been one of my favorite pastimes – mainly because I love to eat and often dream of my next meal. It wasn’t until I became a mother, living on a budget, that I realized how much meal planning was NECESSARY TO SURVIVAL.

Busy schedules and hungry kids often collide, especially at Back to School time, the convergence resulting in expensive take-out or mom feeling crazy. Or both.

Let’s just say NO, shall we?

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Be sure to check into my ongoing series, Quick Dinner Ideas, for more ways that you can eat real food without a lot of hassle or expense.

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Quick Pizza Nights

Ready for a relaxing night of pizza and a movie? Need a quick pizza night? Follow these tips for tasty pizza without a lot of work.

This post is sponsored by Bertolli in conjunction with Kroger’s Taste of Italy celebration. All text and opinions are mine.

Tasty Shortcuts to a Quick Pizza Night | Good Cheap Eats

One of our family’s favorite traditions or weekly rituals is Friday Pizza Night. I’ve been making homemade pizza for almost twenty years. That means we’ve had a lot of pizza and we know what works for our family of 8 and our busy schedule.

Some weeks Pizza Night is a leisurely affair when I have no qualms about taking a few hours to make hand-stretched dough and a slow simmered sauce. And there are other weeks when I really want, need, desire, mandate a short cut, a quick pizza night.

While some might say, “Just go get a pizza for that place around the corner,” that’s just not our style. The taste of homebaked is so much better! Plus, I get to control the ingredients that go on our pizza pies. Continue Reading »

Quick BBQ Ideas

BBQ Ideas

Love the taste of a grilled supper? You can have it in just minutes if you plan right and follow these quick BBQ ideas. Even though summer has come and gone, there’s no need to pack away the BBQ. At least not yet. The early fall months are generally an ideal time to do a little […]

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Make Dinnertimes Easier


Wondering how to do all you need to do and still get dinner on the table? Time to make dinnertimes easier! As a mom who teachers her kids at home, I’ve really benefitted from reading the Simple Homeschool blog over the years. It is so nice to hear how other folks tweak systems to make […]

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Creamy Mushroom Pilaf

Creamy Mushroom Rice Pilaf

This Creamy Mushroom Pilaf is a quick and easy side dish to serve with your favorite meats and vegetable main dishes. It will put all those boxed mixes to shame. This post includes some affiliate links. When you buy something through those links, your purchase helps support this site. Thanks for your support! Rice is one […]

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Sandwich Recipes for Quick Dinners

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Sandwich recipes can be so versatile, why not make Sandwich Night a weekly thing? They make for a delicious, quick dinner.  This post contains one or more Amazon affiliate links. When you make a purchase through those links, I am paid a small amount in advertising fees. Thanks for your support. I really appreciate it. […]

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A Meal Plan Can Speed Up Dinner


Having a meal plan can help you make dinner more quickly and easily than if you were just trying to figure it out as you go along. It can also help you be less stressed at dinnertime. So, you want to make dinner a little more quickly, right? Then, having a meal plan is a […]

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A Mexican Buffet is a Quick Dinner

Slow Cooker Chicken Street Tacos | Good Cheap Eats

No need to wait in line at the local taco joint! Serve a Mexican Buffet, for supper for a quick and easy dinner idea that everyone will love.  I’m a (southern) California girl, born and bred. This means that I have no qualms about serving or eating Mexican food morning, noon, and night — multiple […]

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Easy Chicken and Green Beans

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Make this Easy Chicken and Green Beans skillet tonight for a quick, delicious meal that everyone will love. Want a quick dinner? Well, this recipe is one that my kids gobble down almost as fast as I can make it. I rely on  those fancy Trader Joe’s chicken tenders from the freezer section. No need […]

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Quick Dinner Ideas: A Series


Quick dinner ideas are life-savers! Not only do they help us make dinner quickly, but they also help us save money and help us eat more healthfully. Let’s say no to take-out this month. Don’t you just love tradition? I mean, Cinnamon Rolls on Christmas morning, and eating whatever you want on your birthday, and making […]

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