But how do I do it? We’ve identified the simplest, most effective system for meal planning and broke it down into three key steps: selecting recipes, shopping for ingredients, and prepping your meals. These steps might seem pretty obvious, but there’s a critical strategy within each step. It’s the strategy that makes meal planning worth its weight in gold, or maybe just the money it saves you! Along the way, we’re going to cover what to skip, what’s absolutely essential for success, and share a few bonus tips you can implement as you find your own rhythm.