Happy Friday. I hope your week has gone well. This week has been one of ups and downs for us. Thomas had an operation yesterday, which he is home recovering from, and because it was dental related I’m going to be planning lots of simple, fairly soft meals for the week ahead. Meals that don’t require a lot of prep time – as I need to get organised for Christmas still. Having absolutely minimal food waste is always important to me but I’m making things stretch even further at the moment because we still have so many house jobs to pay for. I will be taking steps to make sure we are avoiding overspending on groceries and this week I’m going to visit Lidl or Aldi for my shop, rather than doing an online shop. We’ve got lots of supplies in the fridge & freezer for Daisy, including her specialist bread and snacks, so I’m hopeful I won’t need to visit a ‘big’ supermarket again this week. I only spent £45 last week, including about £10 of treats, so I was really pleased!
Every week I like to sit down, for 15-30 minutes, and work on a meal plan. I try and do this a few days before we’re going to need to go shopping, so I have time to add things on to the shopping list before heading out. Sometimes I pick up a reduced bargain in my local Co-Op and other times I am trying to bulk out meat dishes to save a little bit of money. Overall I enjoy meal planning now I have been doing it for almost 2 years continuously. In that time we’ve saved a LOT of money versus ordering meal boxes and buying too many takeaways, but this IS an area that we still need to work on. In the past, I switched from shopping at Tesco to shopping at Aldi and saved over 30% and I want to start visiting the discounter supermarkets more, as they really do save money, but of course it is a trade off of time/convenience.
Each week I invite other bloggers to link up their meal plans, to try and share recipes around with one another, inspire each other and hopefully drive a little bit of extra traffic too!
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My favourite meal plan from last week was: Lamb curry, not again!
The Meal Planning Linky Week #102
I’ve got 7 dinners planned this week. I’m hoping we can avoid the lure of the takeaway completely, to save money, and also to eat healthier.
The meals for the Meal Planning Linky Week #102 are:
Easy dinner – I’ll pick something up in Lidl I expect!
Smoked paprika chicken – this is just a packet mix one!
Spaghetti carbonara – again, another simple dinner.