If you are on a budget, need to make your money stretch further and want to reduce your weekly spend, then planning your meals can help.
How to plan your meals
Use a small notepad to write down what ingredients you need for your favourite meal recipes.
Each week, plan what evening meal you will cook and use your recipes to work out what ingredients you need. Make sure you plan for meals where you have extra guests.
When planning your meals, think about bulk deals you can take advantage of and how to utilise all ingredients. For example, if it is cheaper to buy a large chicken than individual chicken breasts, how can you use the leftovers?
If you buy meat in bulk, split it up into separate portions and freeze. You can defrost exactly what you need, when you need it. Cook some meals in bulk and freeze portions for the following week or as an emergency meal for when you haven’t had time to shop.
How you could save money by meal planning
No missed ingredients
If you are shopping without a list, you can end up with lots of extra items you don't need. You can also miss lots of items that you do need. This can result in having to make additional trips out to get what you’ve missed or resorting to takeaways because you haven’t got the right ingredients.
Reduce wasted food
It can be tempting to stock up on the bulk deals, but this can end up costing you more money. If you don’t use all the ingredients, you may end up having to throw them away because they have gone off. Perishable foods like fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, dairy and bread don’t have a long life.
By planning your meals, you can calculate exactly how much of each ingredient you need so you don’t buy too much. You can also incorporate special offers into your meals by planning multiple meals using the same ingredient.
Don’t waste money on takeaway food
It can be tempting to get a takeaway if you haven’t got the right ingredients or can’t decide what to cook. Getting regular takeaway food can become expensive. When you plan your meals and buy all the ingredients you need, you know exactlywhat meals you’re preparing each day, eliminating the need for unexpected takeaways.
Planning your meals saves you money because you only spend money on what you need as you need it.
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