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A Beginner's Guide to Meal Planning

A Beginner’s Guide to Meal Planning

I want to go through my Beginner’s Guide to Meal Planning. Meal planning can be a task, something in which you may be thinking, what is the point or if you do create one, you may not follow. You may get to the weekend and think, stuff it, we will get a takeaway. So why meal plan in the first place?

Well to make things easier, especially if you are watching what you spend and working to a budget, planning your meals is a great way to plan what you are making and eating for lunches and dinner. It then helps with writing a shopping list.


So where to start?

You need to have a look at some recipes, decide on what meals you like the look of or what you like to cook and make. Basically you will be asking “what is for lunch / dinner?” for the all on one day and planning it out, rather than having the same oversation with yourself or the family, every single day.

I break the tasks down into 6 simple steps:


  1. Do a stock take of food in your cupboards, fridge and freezers.
  2. Select Lunches and Dinners, userecipesif needed.
  3. Write a shopping list of the ingredients you need for your meals
  4. Shop for those ingredients


I look at what I have in the cupboards, fridge and freezer, make a list of everything that I have in there. Then I look at recipe ideas and work out what ingredients I need for each meal. I can then work out what I need to buy to make sure that I am able to make everything. I know it may sound obvious, but it can be very easy to forget the basics and this can know you off your path of being a frugal foodie.

We live busy lives and if you get like me, when you get home from work, cooking back be the last thing that you want to do, but with meal planning it can be made so much easier.

Start on a Sunday – I’m a big fan of putting this into practice. I get my stock take done usually while I have a roast dinner cooking, means that I have time to get into the freezer and fridge.


I then prepare all vegetables and put them in the freezer, check out my post about freezing, I don’t want anything wasted.


Download a Meal Plan.


Why not give meal planning a try, you may be surprised at how easy it is and how much you can save my being strict with your shopping list.

You can also checkout a meal planning from some other people:


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  1. Very handy post – i’m restarting meal planning this year and I like the idea of cooking ahead on a Sunday – I grew up in the ’70s with a lot of hoe cooking, so it will make for a relaxing Sunday before returning to the onslaught of work the net day!

  2. Wow, that’s impressive to prep all your veg for the week in one go. Thank yo so much for linking up with The Meal Planning Linky.

  3. You’ve got some fantastic tips here. I love meal planning for saving money too. Thanks for linking up!


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