Not only do we want to look for ways to save money this year, but we also want to get more organised and reduce our waste. Luckily for us, meal planning is a way that we manage to do all three.
By creating a meal plan, not only do I know what I am cooking for the week and can plan it around what we have on. But what I love most about it, is I can also be sure to only buy the things that we need for that week. This not only saves money but also means the amount of waste we have at the end of the week is greatly reduced. That’s the theory anyway!
Want to know how we do it? Then read on.
MEAL PLANNING AT ITS BEST
Yes, you read right. I have a spreadsheet that I use for meal planning. It sounds overly organised but if I don’t have something to refer to, for some reason I just can’t remember 7 different meals for the week.
So, the idea is that each time that we have a meal we enjoy, it gets added to the list under that category. Then each week I flick through any magazines or cookbooks for new things I want to try and then I fill in any gaps with our tried and tested favourites. I try and make sure we have 1 meat free meal, 1 fish meal, 1 fakeaway (Friday night of course), then a few chicken and meat dishes.
Some examples include everything from a roast dinner on a Sunday, a sweet and sour chicken on a Friday, a night winter warming sausage casserole on a Tuesdays and how about a light dinner of a salmon, potato, asparagus and tomato tray bake on a Wednesday?
In true organised style, all of that gets recorded on a meal planner which sits in the kitchen all week so we know what we’re due to be having when.
From there, it’s easy to list everything we need in that weeks shop. A quick order online, delivery into the kitchen and boom, we’re done for the week.
Online shopping is something we’ve done for a few years now, since I was pregnant with the Bear and too big and exhausted to venture out anymore. I know people have saved a lot of money by shopping around different supermarkets and looking for the best deals, but for me it’s best just to get it online and have it delivered. Less right for impulse purchases!
So, there we have it. A really simple process from spreadsheet, to paper to online shopping. It works for us though and helps to keep us organised when to comes to what we are eating. What about you? Do you meal plan at all? What’s your process?
WHERE I GOT IT
Linx 8″ 32GB WiFi Tablet – available from AO
What to Eat Planner – available from Paperchase
DISCLOSURE: this is a collaborative post,