Menu Planning To Save Time & Money- TLM Podcast 002

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Episode 002- Using Meal Planning to Save Money & Time Cover

4 PM around my house is either easy or it’s stressful and that all comes down to whether or not I’m using a menu plan for the week.  What about you?  In today’s podcast, Rhonda and I talk about various ways you can meal plan efficiently to save your time and money each day.

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In Today’s Episode We Talked About:

  • DIY Menu Planning with Pinterest
  • Menu Planning with a Subscription Service
  • Stocking you cabinets with staple items and then cleaning out your fridge, freezer and pantry over a week’s time.

Episode Music Credit: Feel Good Trip Music by Pond5


Kim Anderson & Rhonda John Recoreding Thrifty Little Mom Podcast

Resources Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Free Printable Menu Planner- Here are the Thrifty Little Mom free printable menu planners that you can use to menu plan from Pinterest or your own cookbooks.

Full Color Printable Weekly Menu Planner

Meal Planning chart


Emeals-  If menu planning is too time intensive for you, consider trying out Emeals, 2 weeks for free.  After that it’s between $5-$7 per month. I’m a big fan of Emeals.  I love them so much that I became an affiliate.  So if you decide to buy a subscription when your 2 weeks is up, I’ll get a small commission from your purchase that keeps the blog/podcast up and running.  You can see my privacy policy here.  You can check out how to get Weekly Dinner Menus with Matching Grocery List with Emeals.



Frontera Sauces-  I keep these sauces around in my pantry to add instant flavor to rice and beans or any pantry/freezer throw together meal.  Here’s how I use this sauce to make the worlds easiest white chicken chili.

The Easiest White chicken chili on the planet


Archer Farms Sauces- I also keep these Archer Farms sauces in the pantry for a quick does of flavor to my rice and bean dinners.  The one pictured is Butter Chicken and this is my recipe.

Debt Free Recipe Butter Chicken Ingredients

Salad Recipes:

We also mentioned a few of our favorite salad recipes in the show so here are links to those posts!

Gourmet Pear, Pecan & Blue Cheese Salad

DIY Gormet Pear, Pecan & Blue Cheese Salad



Strawberry Feta Mixed Greens Salad

Strawberry Feta Salad Recipe


If you enjoyed today’s podcast we love to hear about it in the comments section below!  If you have any ideas or suggestions for future episodes please send me an email kim @ Thrifty Little Mom . com!

Menu Planning To Save