In "Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half - with - America's Cheapest Family" the authors, Steve and Annette Economides, share a fantastic tip on menu planning. Annette will plan the menu based on their family's schedule. Genius, right? Let me say that again. Plan your meals based on your families schedule. When sitting down to create your meal plan pull out your calender. Jot down each day's activities, then plan meals around that. If daughter has soccer Monday nights and son has karate on Tuesdays have quick easy meals planned. Evenings without any outside activities can be reserved for a more elaborate meal. Being prepared is simple and this kind of planning will keep you out of the drive-thru and money in your pocket.