Creating a weekly or monthly meal planner is a great way to save money on your grocery shop. It means you only buy what you need and if you plan correctly you’ll have no waste.
What I do when I am planning is first do a stock check of what I have got in my fridge, freezer and cupboards. Then I see if I can make any meals from them. The meals get added to the meal and plan and then I add anything else I need to make that meal to my shopping list.
For example I have pork mince in the freezer, tin of tomatoes and pasta in the cupboard. I can make pork meatballs from that but need celery, carrots and mushrooms to make the sauce. I will also look at what else I can use the celery and carrots for so I don’t waste them.
Another great way to save money on your meals is using your leftovers up. I often buy a large chicken and use it for two meals. Yesterday I roasted a whole chicken and we treated ourselves to chicken and chips. When tend to use half a chicken and then there is half left over for another meal. Tonight we are having chicken casserole and dumplings. The chicken cost me £5 so that’s £2.50 per meal and that is serving four of us.
I also find having a meal plan really saves me a lot of time as I don;t have to worry about what we are having for dinner I just look the night before at the planner to see what I need to get of the freezer.
To help you with your meal planning I have made a planner that you can print out and you. It is in three sections: Stock Check, Shopping List and Meal Planner. You can print off all three or just the ones you need.