For years and years, I have used the same (seasonably adjusted) shopping list. Then each day, I would decide what to cook depending on what was available in the fridge, freezer and 'pantry'. We have managed to get our quite low shopping list, more reduced each month, now we shall see if menu planning really does make a difference.
We have decided for now, to use the menu plan to create a new and different shopping list each month, then see how it goes. I have created 4 lots of fortnightly menu's and after pay day this month, we shall use this first sheet for most of the month of September:
You will notice that these are only evening meals. We normally have soup most days in Autumn and Winter, sometimes crackers, sometimes sandwiches. Breakfast is always simple and the same, 5 days of porridge, one of cereals, one of toast and marmalade. We usually only have a pudding at the weekend and if hungry late evening, say around 8.00pm, will usually have yoghurt and fruit/jam!
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