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Sep 15, 2019 20:16:56   #
BrattyPatty (a regular here)
 
I was reading an article about a woman who makes a menu for the week and shops accordingly. She said there is less waste and worrying about what to make for dinner after work. She also said she saves money that way too.
 
Sep 15, 2019 20:19:58   #
run4fittness (a regular here)
 
No, I do shop with certain meals in mind, but we are the sort to change our minds, so nothing definite most of the time. Usually state in the morning what will be for supper and pull out meat to be thawed at that time.
Sep 15, 2019 20:22:45   #
Sunny70 (a regular here)
 
It makes sense, but I can’t seem to stick to the plan.
Sep 15, 2019 20:25:03   #
Knitting in the Rockys (a regular here)
 
When I was a military wife I made up menus for the full month as I only shopped at the commissary once a month. This forced me to check at the beginning of the month to make sure I had enough herbs and spices for all of the meals. I was a much more efficient shopper in those days.
Sep 15, 2019 20:25:31   #
no1girl (a regular here)
 
I know a woman who has the menus for the next six weeks, on the fridge door. they are vegetarians......must be difficult. Happy I dont live with her.

I never know what we are going to eat.....I tell the Man what is available and cook what he decides. I tell him "if you have that tonight, you will have the other tomorrow"

I HATE doing meals.
Sep 15, 2019 20:26:37   #
YoK2tog
 
Oh you betcha I have one daughter that works nights 7p-7a and the other daughter works 7a-7p so it goes Monday day off night on---tuesday day off night on but day works on wednesday so need a lunch for her as well as dinner for the 3 of us. wednesday night usually no dinner..left overs thursday day off night on........same as tuesday i love the weekends cuz it is grab it ---usually just me home anyway day shifter works sat and sun half shifts so no lunches!!!!! if i didn't have some idea what to make ...lord knows I might lose a pound or too
 
Sep 15, 2019 20:27:31   #
fortunate1 (a regular here)
 
My friend, does it for a month at a time. 4 weeks, when a week is done it moves to the back of the pile, so every 4 weeks it cycles through. It does save her money, time shopping and she and her son know what dinner will be, sometimes she skips day, ad they have something else, and every Friday is scrounge for yourself. She also makes the main meal between noon and one, then something light for dinner.
I have tried it, but it doesn't work for me, because I want what I want when I want.
Sep 15, 2019 20:27:37   #
Candycounter1 (a regular here)
 
BrattyPatty wrote:
I was reading an article about a woman who makes a menu for the week and shops accordingly. She said there is less waste and worrying about what to make for dinner after work. She also said she saves money that way too.


I make a weekly grocery list based on dinners I plan to make & shop according to that & necessity items, treats are limited & hubby seems to be the one who is looking for goodies. Thou, I also have a very detailed list & a money budget to adhere to my grocery trip takes me two hours in store & I pay in cash & know what I’ve approximately spent before I get to register. 😁
Sep 15, 2019 20:28:01   #
BrattyPatty (a regular here)
 
no1girl wrote:
I know a woman who has the menus for the next six weeks, on the fridge door. they are vegetarians......must be difficult. Happy I dont live with her.

I never know what we are going to eat.....I tell the Man what is available and cook what he decides. I tell him "if you have that tonight, you will have the other tomorrow"

I HATE doing meals.


I guess I am lucky. DH is a good cook and we split the "chore." I think I'll give it a try for a month and see how it goes.
Sep 15, 2019 20:28:16   #
Margaretishbel
 
yes, I worked at a residential home for disabled people and we had a menu. sometimes we would change the day a particular meal was suggested or we would make something different using most of the ingredients for tHat day. I would like to be disciplined enough to do this. my menu is usually made as I shop depending on what is on special.
Sep 15, 2019 20:40:07   #
yarnfrog
 
I used to make a menu, and shop accordingly. Unfortunately I got lazy. My husband retired last year and now shops and cooks.
 
Sep 15, 2019 20:46:40   #
Kensbarb (a regular here)
 
I have 2 large freezers plus the fridge freezer. I never have a list except for perishables. If I see canned or frozen veggies or fruit on sale, I may buy a case. If I see meat on sale, I buy a bunch then package it into enough for a meal. I may spend $200 one week and only $50 the next. I rarely absolutely must go to the store. I even buy milk by the gallon and divide it into qts. and freeze it. I tell DH that I stockpile so I don't have to hoard!
Sep 15, 2019 21:01:19   #
JoRae (a regular here)
 
run4fittness wrote:
No, I do shop with certain meals in mind, but we are the sort to change our minds, so nothing definite most of the time. Usually state in the morning what will be for supper and pull out meat to be thawed at that time.


That is what we do. Works for us.
Sep 15, 2019 21:01:49   #
farrieremily
 
I try to plan out a weeks worth of meals but we typically pick which night to make them last minute.
If I don't have a plan I spend more and usually don't have the right stuff to make a meal for every day.
I would live every day on cereal and such so my husband does a lot of cooking as long as I have ingredients.
Sep 15, 2019 21:06:56   #
fortunate1 (a regular here)
 
Wow, 200.00 a week? I don't spend that in a month! Of course, I probably eat differently. 50.00, with no snacks or junk, will last me 2 weeks. Lots of salads, and soups, fresh fruit in season, I buy chicken legs in a big pack and break them down.
My one big snack, is a huge bag of Pretzel Thins and Hummus.
I make tacos, and burritos, spaghetti, things like that a freeze half for another time.
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