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Meal Planning & Food Shop


So, in my attempt to be a better cook I have decided to plan my meals for the week ahead when doing the weekly shop. Up until now I would just add what ever I wanted to my shopping basket and find out the total amount to be quiet a lot. I realised by meal planning I could cut down my weekly costs! I had been spending around £80 a week where as last year I was down to £60 for a while. Seeing as I am cooking a lot more now my weekly shop costs more even though Andy is working 5 nights a week so the majority of the shop is just for me!

At the end of each week I write down meal ideas for the following week and stick to them when doing the food shop. I put all of this onto my weekly menu planner and will do so for the next 4 weeks. I've found it to be so much easier and I'm not tempted to buy lots of junk food. I don't have meals set to each day I just make sure there's enough food in for that week as I tend to swap them around depending on how I feel that day.

Once I have all my meal ideas written down, I then make a separate list of everything that I will need to make each dish. I usually type this in the note section on my iPhone but when I'm not too lazy I will write it all down on paper. I do my weekly shop on Sunday evenings now online at Tesco to arrive on Monday morning as we haven't had our car for a while now I've been doing it online and it's much better as I'm not tempted to fill the trolly with junk.

Here is another meal planner I use to jot down meals for the week, it was really easy to put together and only took me a couple of minutes on word and paint. I never used to do any of this but thought I would give it a go and see how we get along, so far its going really well and I take one night a week to sit down and write out breakfast, lunch and dinner ideas for the week.

I keep the meal plan in my family home folder which I will talk more about in the upcoming weeks and   also will pin it up in the kitchen so I can see what meals I can cook or switch around when I please and then place it in the folder when the new week begins so I can look back on for meal ideas.

I have really enjoyed learning to meal plan and would definitely recommend it to others who wish to cut down their food shop bills, eat better meals and also have some sort of organisation in their lives! I shall keep you all updated on how I get along over the upcoming months and whether I stick to it or not. 

Do you meal plan? What are your thoughts on it? Do you have any tips to share?

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4 comments

  1. Really good idea,I find the same do a food shop,our comes to generally £150 every 10 days and there is never anything to actually make dinners with!

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  2. That's a great idea, I'm terrible at at remembering what I've gone in for at the supermarket and often end up with a load of crap in the trolley so I definitely think this is the way to go!


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  3. Yay sausage casserole is on there x

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  4. We plan meals as well it helps to keep our shopping bill very low . We eat lots of fresh veg now etc yo keep costs low shopping at Lidl really helps the food is really good from there we usually have to get a few bits from tescos . Having a plan helps us stay on track with our healthy eating as we have meals too look forward to on the fridge :-)

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