The meal plan is time-saving and cuts food cost. It gives you a road map to follow in the grocery store. You can plan for a week or two weeks of meals. You only buy the necessities to prepare the pre-planned meals. They can be interchangeable. It removes the stress of trying to prepare a meal on the fly. You already have a list of choices to choose. I put my plan in a little notebook for quick reference in times of doubt. It is a good to talk everyone in house to include their favorites in meal planning. They will feel involved in decision making process. The money saved by meal planning will keep some change in your pocket.