I have only just started Meal Planning so I am not the best at it at the moment but I'm finding ways to help me keep the budget down, and to get things that all my family like.
I normally do my meal plan for the week on a Friday whilst Little One is at school. I start off by putting the kettle on and making myself a cup of tea with a few little biscuits on the side.
I go and look in the fridge and check what we have in there and what we need to use up soon, then go to the freezer and see what we have, and the same with the cupboard.
After that I look on a few websites and see if I can find any coupons that we could use. This week I haven't really found any but I have just had my Tesco ones in the post so I will be using some of them.
Now I sit down and write my list. I start off thinking of the things I need to use up and what we have in the cupboard. Then I will ask Little Miss P and Mr P what they would like one night in the week; I have picked Fresh Pasta. After all that I write the meal plan, write my shopping list and when I am shopping I stick to it. We are all allowed one little treat on the shop as well. Mr P normally buys a bottle of wine and Little Miss P's is usually a chocolate bar.
I hope that helps for now.
My meal plan this week.