Zoe - posted on 04/16/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )
I have found that I get so sick of having so much in my fridge, freezer and pantry and still need to go shopping for more stuff. So I started and file and a list of recipes of meals to choose from that I either wanted to try or were old favourites. A day or so before each shopping day I would sit down with my diary for the fortnight (which is our pay week) and right down the number of meals we needed, ie. if we were going out 2 nights, then I would only need 12 meals. I even allowed a junk food night and quick and easy meal nights.
When I had completed my list of meals for the fortnight, I would go thru and checking the fridge, freezer and pantry as I went, would make a shopping list of exactly what I needed to buy when grocery shopping. I even went so far at one point of making note of when I was buying housefold items, such as washing powder, and how long they were lasting and allowing for this in my shopping list for that week.
I know it sounds like a lot of work, but it is so worth it and it has a funny sort of satisfaction to it, that when you go shopping the next time that the fridge/freezer and pantry look like you need to and there;s not a heap of the same old unused stuff.