Friday, January 24, 2014
Saving Money: Menu Planning
One of my unwritten goals this year is to save money and as one of my largest bills is my grocery bill I have decided to start up a menu planner in the hopes if I am more organised I will spend less at the supermarket each week. The other benefits will be that there will be less food wastage, worry about “what they hell am I going to have for dinner?”, a chance to be creative with my meals which should be fun (or at the very least…interesting?) and I can use leftovers from the previous week and utilise food from my garden.
I hope to plan my meals and create a shopping list the night before my weekly shop and browse the supermarket pamphlets, my cupboards and garden at the same time.
Yesterday I created a menu planner using the DIY from the blog Homemade by Carmona (though I used clear book covering not self laminated sheets as I couldn’t find any online that were affordable – meant to be saving money remember?) before my printer decided the black ink had run out so I still have one more set of menu idea sheets to print.
So I scoured Pinterest, magazines and cookbooks to look for menu ideas that contained sweet corn, broccoli, green beans and avocados which I have in abundance and our peaches will be ready in a few days so I may need to look for some interesting peach recipes. Saving is fun!
Do you use a menu planner? Got any creative cheap recipes?