Personal meal plan

Published on October 8th, 2011 | by Pete

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Weekly Meal Plans

We all like to eat. Some of us more than others. Apart from enjoying the act of eating, it is also important; as a rather nasty side effect of not eating is dying. Unfortunately, most of us need to spend quite a lot of money in order to buy our food, as the golden age of hunting and gathering is no longer upon us. So, given that this is what we need to do, how can we keep our spending to a minimum?

One technique that my wife and I use is to create a weekly meal plan. We work out what we will be having for dinner every evening in the coming week, and then write a list to get all the things we need to fulfil that plan. We also obviously need to get a few other basics such as bread and milk, and all of our cleaning and grooming products. Using our system means that we manage to get all of our weekly shopping for no more than £50 a week. So, in the longer months that have 5 weekends, we only need to allocate £250 of our monthly budget. That’s pretty reasonable methinks! We also make great use of the various coupons and vouchers you can get hold of. Of course there are only 2 of us to buy for, so not everyone will consider £50 realistic.

There are pros and cons to this system. One down side is that it does to an extent, limit your ability to be very flexible. You may not fancy what you originally planned to have on that particular day, and you can of course have a different meal, but options may be limited. The positives are that I guarantee that you will save money, and you won’t waste any more time on the ‘what are we going to have for dinner’ debate! The beauty of the system is that it stops random purchases as it’s not on the list, it’s not likely to get bought. This really helps to stop unnecessary spending.  Let me know what you approach you take…

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