Prepare enough of a dish to eat multiple times during the week. Making leftovers part of your plan can save money and time.

After you have planned out your week, make a shopping list. It is easy to break up the list by the different sections of the grocery store.

Start by writing down all of the ingredients for the meals you plan to make. Just be sure to cross off items you already have on hand.

Choose different protein foods throughout the week. If you have chicken one day, try seafood, beans, lean meat or eggs on other days.

If you have veggies, dairy and protein at one meal, include fruit and grains in the next to cover all 5 food groups over the course of a day.

Outline meals you plan to eat for the week and use it as a guide. Be sure to list beverages and snacks, too!

Cooking for one can be challenging—most recipes and sales are meant for more than one person.

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