- Start by making your menu for the seven days( use your meal list if you have one) see below
- Take an inventory of your pantry, refrigerator & freezer
- Buy only the ingredients necessary to create your menu items that may be missing from your pantry
- If life gets in the way and you are not able to cook one of the meals you listed on your menu just re-list it next week
For those of us who coupon I know we base our menus on whats on sale a lot of the time, but I tend to stockpile with my coupon purchases that way I have plenty to choose from when planning.
Another tip I can share that helps me is to make a list of all the meals (a.k.a. meal list) you cook in one column, and side dishes in another. When you sit down to plan your menu just look at your meal list to help think of things to cook. You could even let your kids pick one of their favorite meals to go on the menu that week.