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Meal planning

Weekly meal planning

Since we have had a baby and moved country, we have had to make many adjustments.

We no longer have two well paying jobs to support us, and now there is an extra (growing!) mouth to feed.

So, what do we do about it? We plan! We make lists! We are strict with ourselves.

I start menu planning by looking through our fridge and cupboards, listing anything that we need to stock up on. This is usually butter.

We then write a mini list of any meals we feel like eating during the week. Anything we need to buy for that meal is added to the shopping list.

I then decide on whether that meal is for lunch, dinner or both, based on whether baby can eat it too – as he only eats with us at lunchtime at the moment.

We don’t decide what each meal will be, but we plan 7 lunches and 7 dinners and make whatever we feel like that day.

This helps us to be really specific when it comes to shopping, to keep our spending as low as possible. We are trying to keep food at €40 per week but aren’t quite there yet.

How do you plan your meals? Do you make shopping lists too?

Any advice on how to keep our costs even lower?