Does this sound like you – it’s Thursday, the fridge is stocked with food but you find yourself in the supermarket buying some more food. Why? Because there were one or two items missing for you to make a perfect dinner. Well, to be clear there is nothing wrong with buying more food during the week. The problem is once you’re in the shop, one item turns into 4 until your shopping cart is full. The result of that is inevitably overspending.
That used to be me. I always went over the food budget because I was constantly in the supermarket buying something small. So I tried something – meal planning. Who doesn’t love to save some money? Meal planning has made me more prepared, I can confidently say that impulse buying unnecessary groceries is a thing of the past. We used to spend over 100 euros a week on food but we’ve honed in that figure. Now we spend 80 euro a week in including when we order food which is every Wednesday. I don’t know about you but that is impressive to me.
The beauty of meal planning is it saves me time daily when I would have thought of what to eat. I’ve reduced that aimless wandering in the store figuring out the ingredients I have to buy. We can all be a little guilty of wasting food, by only buying what you need and using the ingredients as close to when you purchase them can reduce what ends up in the bin at the end of the week.
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