For a busy working mom, one of the most challenging aspects of her day can be meal planning and preparation. With no one to help relieve you of this burden, it can become drudgery in no time at all. The meal planning, the shopping the preparation are all time to consume. If you are watching pennies, then you probably clip coupons and scour the sales circulars so you can find the best deals too. This can take up an awful lot of your time.

There are websites that will help you reduce the time you spend doing many of these tasks. If you are lucky, some of the sites will even help you do more than one of these tasks.

Coupon Savings

Do a web search on coupons and you will find hundreds of sites where you can find and print coupons on all sorts of items you use and a few you’ve never heard of. Some can come straight from the product’s manufacturer. Other are sites who use programming to search the web and compile the coupons in one easy-to-find place. I highly recommend finding one of these.

Sales Ads

Major grocery store and department store chains have a web presence. So do many privately owned local stores. Through these sites, you can often read the sales flyers each week without having to buy and sift through a newspaper. Knowing what’s on sale is a great way to plan your weekly menu and it will help you to live within your means.

Combination Sites

Some coupon sites will match the coupons available with the store sales ads to let you know how to get the best deals. This resource can be a great time and money saver for the working mom. Generally, you have to set up an account that lets the site know where you are geographically so they can find the stores in your area and their respective sales ads. Once you are set up, you just check in each week to achieve your goals.

Menu Planners

Some sites will help you plan a menu. You fill in your preferences and dietary restrictions and it returns a plan you can live with. For people following particular types of diets like low fat or low-carb, there are sites that cater to those needs as well. These sites will often generate a shopping list you can use to make the process easier.

Combination Sites

If you are diligent, you can find sites that provide various combinations of these options. Setting up a dietary preference, finding the sales and coupons, generating the shopping list and cooking to a meal plan all week has got to relieve some of the stress and constraints on your time. Here are some more tips how to save money.