Thrifty Thursday – Tips for Meal Planning

One of the best ways to save money on food is to meal plan. For myself, if I have a meal plan I most likely will stick to it . When I do my meal plan, I consider what recipes I want to use that month (because I do one big shop once monthly) and plan accordingly. How do I choose my recipes?

I use recipes for the foods I already prefer to keep stocked in my fridge and pantry. If I have to go out and buy all new ingredients, it defeats my purpose of saving money on my grocery budget.  Buying one or 2 ingredients is ok by me, but only if it’s not expensive to begin with, and usually, I find that I like the ingredient enough to keep it stocked regularly. When I want to find a new recipe, I use Google. I type what kind of recipe I want to find, or what ingredients I want to use, and voila! I have my pick of recipes.

Also, when planning your meals, take a look at what you still have in your fridge and pantry and plan around using those ingredients.

Keep a binder with your family’s favorite recipes in it for easy reference while meal planning.

I love meal planning and am always on the look out for new tips myself. Do you have a great tip to share? Please leave it in the comment section 🙂

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