I used to grocery shop weekly.
Now I shop my staples once a month. I loved it better. I put money aside in case there is sale or deep discount during the week. I also put money aside for weekly purchases of bread, milk, and butter.
Shopping my staples once a month was a little difficult at first.
To start, I wrote down every meal I cook for one month. It became my meal calendar as well as it gave me an idea on the staples I used and the quantity I needed for the month.
Sometimes I didn’t even know what to cook for dinner when I am back from work. After I wrote down what I cooked for a month, I chose 14 meals for dinner and two lunches for the weekends. For weekday lunch, we eat leftovers. And for breakfast we eat porridge, oatmeal, or cereal. From that point, I just check my meal calendar and know what I would cook in the evening.For instance, If I schedule sandwich for Sunday lunch I would plan taco for Monday evening. Then I would bake a big batch of meat on Sunday. I would use some for the sandwich and the rest for taco.
Earlier this week, I served rice, sauté fresh tomato on top and steak aside. I cooked many batches of steaks that I broke in chunks for taco meal the following day evening.
I like to have steaks in my freezer. It is easy to cook for dinner.
Sometimes if I buy a lot of an item on sale over the weekend, I would include it in my meal plan.
My dinner meal plan consist of rice twice a week, potato, twice a week, pasta twice a week, sandwich, taco, and pizza once a week.
How do you plan your meals for the week?