Plan menus to save time, money

By Chris Swick
August 19, 2015

With the kids heading back to school, that also means it's time for sack lunches and after-school snacks.

McPherson County Family and Consumer Sciences K-State Extension Agent Jana McKinney says, if you're trying to stretch your food budget, menu planning can be your best friend.

“Get out that crock pot,” McKinney said. “The crock pot will have those meals ready and save you from running through the drive through the drive through because it just takes too long to get something to fix. It's ready for you when you walk through the door and it smells so good and everybody's hungry.”

McKinney says to experiment with recipes and menus to find out what your family likes best.

“Make your shopping list based off of what that is,” McKinney said. “You can keep a pretty generic list on-hand and include things you buy frequently, eggs, milk, chicken, meat, all those sorts of things, and then add some extras so you don't have to start from scratch each week.”

To save time at the grocery store, McKinney recommends organizing your list to make your shopping trip a little more efficient, rather than running back and forth across the store.