Dinner menues

Zoe - posted on 04/16/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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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.

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Zoe - posted on 04/17/2009

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Really you don't have to stick to meals that you write down on a day to day basis. All you do is write them down and stick them to your fridge or such and then when it's time to choose a meal pick one from the list. I used to write them in day order, but we kept changing our mind too, lol.

Tiffany - posted on 04/16/2009

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This is a great idea...but how do you stick to what you pick for meals my husband and i are constantly changing our minds

Suzanne - posted on 04/16/2009

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That's an excellent idea! Just started putting together weekly meal plans & was struggling a bit so thanks! :)

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