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Meal Prepping: A Financial & Nutritional Cheat-code to Success

Updated: Sep 13, 2021

Meal Prepping is the act of setting aside time to prepare your meals in advance. Prepping our meals can help us to optimize time & energy efficiency because we are creating time-intensive things in large batches. Meal prepping also gives us access to incredible savings, not only through bulk purchases but reducing food waste!

Simply Put: How can meal prepping benefit your lifestyle?

  • It gives you more free time to spend doing things OTHER than cooking!

  • You’ll have things already portioned out, which will waste less food.

  • Buying in bulk; avoiding impulse buying can save you money.

  • Less stressful because we already have made the choice. (Avoiding the dreaded 2 o’clock, “What am I making for dinner?” )

  • Eat healthier - we tend to make better choices when we plan in advance!

Let’s look at our cost breakdown first:

Prepping meals for one week on average costs between $60-$100. This may seem a bit pricey for one-time purchases, but we are looking at the cost-save advantage overall.

This amount may also seem overwhelming if you are used to paying for meals at a minimum of $5.00 per visit.

Doing a quick division problem:

$75 / 21 meals = $3.81 per meal.

Compared to spending $5 a visit it may seem insignificant to the majority of the population.

Let’s say that you meal prep for an entire year and spent $3,900 on food 3 times a day instead of spending $5,040 on a few meals a week, per year.

This quick math of $5,040 - $3,900 equals $1,140 saved per year on food! You could take those savings and invest in quality kitchen products that will outlast its competition.

Time to consider: “What is a Kitchen Investment Worth Making?”

To buy or not to buy? That is indeed the hundred-dollar question. It’s easy to become hypnotized by items like the “Big Boss Oil-less Air Fryer”, “Ninja OP301 Pressure Cooker” or “Go Chef 8-in-1 Cooker” as seen on tv.

Why is that?

Well... companies in the kitchen appliance industry use marketing strategies that play on the busy consumer’s emotions and personal time constraints. For example: