Saturday, 31 December 2016

Shopping Plans



I was more than surprised when we visited my brother yesterday to receive a gift from him! He works in warehousing for a supermarket and they have recently started stocking jackfruit. So that's something to add to the menu plan and saves us a few bob. 

I share my menu plans quite often so I thought I'd share my shopping list today. We won't be going shopping for a little while but I've written the list anyway as I know we'll need things throughout the month. The shopping list goes hand in hand with the menu plan and the pantry list I write before the month begins. That makes it seem more complex and time consuming than it really is.


It is organised to my mind! Next to each item I make a note of where I'll buy each thing, L for Lancaster, either the tea shop or the health food shop, HB for Home Bargains, S for supermarket etc. Things with hard brackets are things we will almost certainly need so I'll keep some money back for them, but we won't buy them immediately. 

It works for me!

22 comments:

  1. As long as it works that's all that matters. I write a list of meals and then shop to it, I cook them in any order that I fancy. I nearly always cook double and freeze half, that way there is a meal for when I am out all day or don't want to cook.

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    1. I often jiggle the menu plan around, as long as nothing goes to waste I'm happy. I cook extra too so we always have ready meals in the freezer for those days when life doesn't go according to plan, they're a real budget saver aren't they.

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  2. We always have a list on the go, we don't stockpile food any more, so a list is vital. But we only add meat and veg and choose what's on offer on the shop, rather than pay full price for items.

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    1. I would stroll around aimlessly if I had no list! I check for special offers before we head out and will swap ingredients if we see something at a great price. You're right, it makes so much sense to see what's on offer rather than to be too rigid about things.

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  3. You have beautiful handwriting. Happy New Year.

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  4. I never go shopping without a list either. Happy New Year. X

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    1. I would just wander around and buy nothing useful without my list!

      Happy New Year to you too.

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  5. I'm heading out food shopping this afternoon as we have very little in the house. I'm only buying enough to get us through the next few days though. We certainly don't need any treats, that's for sure as I have a pile of chocolate to get through in the next few months.

    I'll hopefully get myself into gear next week with regard to getting back to normal.

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    1. I can't imagine many people need more treats at the moment, so much food!

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  6. Use whatever works I say.

    God bless.

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    1. Yes indeed, I've tried many variations over the years, but this works for me.

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  7. I did better in 2016, but need to step up my shopping, meal planning, cooking ahead cycle in 2017. More vegetarian meals, and more homemade grab and go snacks and breakfasts.

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    1. I think if you can have grab and go items ready then it's half the battle, in terms of health and budget.

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  8. We plan meals then buy what we need, if there is a good offer we tend to stock pile but only things we need rather than something that looks like a bargain then sits at the back of the cupboard unused. We have recently changed our shopping habits and saved a fair bit of money so will carry on trying to improve.Happy New Year x

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    1. Exactly, buying things just to sit in the cupboard is a waste of money whatever the price. We changed our supermarket this time last year and we have certainly got more for our money. Happy New Year.

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  9. It's good to have a system. I know how many of each thing I have in the cupboard and when I have finished one item I note it down on my list so that every week it is replenished. If I miss a week it does not matter as I will have extra in the cupboard.
    Happy New Year to you and yours.
    xx

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    1. I do that too, with things we use a lot, when we get to the last one I add it to the list, it means I don't end up buying tomatoes every week, but I also know I won't run out.

      Happy New Year.

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  10. Not too many grocery lists have hay on them; cool :)

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    1. Ha! I never thought of it like that. Not quite as cool when it's strewn all over the place, but that's rabbits for you!

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  11. I like Jackfruit as a substitute for meat in a cassserole!!

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    1. I can imagine that would work really well, thanks.

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