What’s for dinner? Meal Plan Monday ~ The Favourite’s Edition
15 Aug 2011
This is one of the most downloaded Meal Plans on My Pigeon Pair, direct from the Archives! My excuse, look around your screen! Between being away for the last four days and getting the new look “My Pigeon Pair” organised we have been very busy!!!!! So here it is my top tips for Meal Planning and this weeks meal plan with a FREE PRINTABLE!
Meal Planning works for us. In fact it is the best organising system we have started in our house. These are my top tips for meal planning in your household.
1. 7 Days of Creation.
For us it is a strictly 7 day plan. I can’t think that far ahead and grocery shopping with two children in tow means that a weeks worth of groceries already takes us two hours!
2. Don’t just think dinners.
I try and plan it so that Wednesday’s and Thursday’s dinner meals are left over worthy so that I can take them for lunch the following day. This has meant we are saving a further $10-15 a week on lunches!
3. Kids Menu.
I try to plan meals that are easy for children to eat or can easily be altered, it saves cooking two different dinners!
4. Make it Mondays.
Our grocery store pamphlets arrive Sunday’s. They are loaded with specials that inspire many ideas and they often have recipes and meal suggestions inside! Our woolworths has it’s specials starting on a Monday.
5. Shop around.
Ok so it is not as convenient BUT…we have Aldi, Woolworths and a Dollar Store at our local shopping centre. After a month of shopping I know which products are cheaper at each store! I generally start at Aldi, then Woolworths. I can’t rave about Aldi enough especially after this week they announced they will be removing all products with artificial colours from the shelves!
NOW HERE IS A BIG ONE….
THE MONTHLY PLAN
We have developed a Monthly Plan for household shopping.
We had developed a horrible cycle of everything running out at once!
Toilet paper, cleaning products, toiletries it would be a huge budget blowout, we would stock up again to face a month later that everything had run out at the same time…AGAIN! so…..