Shopping your meal plan.

Are you ready for some retail therapy? Ok, grocery shopping is NOT classed as retail therapy BUT once you start seeing the savings you’re making from all the effort you’ve just put in, then you may be able to direct those savings to something more enjoyable…

Once you’ve done all the planning that you’ve read about here, and also here you’re ready for the first shop. Before you head out, I have another list for you:

Go through your pantry/cupboard.

I mean unpack the entire contents of your pantry. Mine is relatively small, but adequate for my needs so didn’t take much time.

  1. Clean the shelves down.
  2. Make 3 piles – one for anything out of date that needs to be thrown away, one that you’ll donate – for whatever reason, and the third a keep pile. This may be quite an eye opener. I threw away countless spices!
  3. Have a good think about how to utilise your space effectively then re-pack the keep pile.

Go through your fridge and freezer.

Again, unpack all the contents and give it a good clean and throw away anything that is out of date. As you did with your pantry, consider how to re-pack before putting everything back. Next time I’ll talk about organizing your pantry and freezer, look out too for another free printable.

Grab your list.

Now that you know exactly what you have and don’t have, you can plan the shop. Cross off any items you don’t need, and add any that you need that you’ve used the last of, dishwashing liquid, scrubbing brushes, etc.

You’re ready.

Off you go, and stick to your list!

The first time you do this, you will probably have a few extra trips to the shops. Please don’t be discouraged! Update your list! If like me you’re cycling through your plan, by the second cycle you will be heading out once a week, and the process is more streamlined.

Any questions or feedback, I’d love to hear from you, comments are open.

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Disclaimer: this post is based on my personal opinion and experiences and may not be applicable to your individual circumstances.

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2 thoughts on “Shopping your meal plan.

  1. Checking what you have in stock is a great tip!! How many times do you come home with your groceries and while your putting them away, find that you already have some of the things!! And I know one of the biggest money saving tips you mentioned is sticking to the list. More people go over budget that way. Great post!!

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