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Do you plan your meals before shopping and then go looking for the best deal? To save me time and money, I actually reverse this process. I check the catologues for what’s on special and than plan our meals around this. Meal planning is also much easier as I know what ingredients need to be used!


Posted anonymously, 27th April 2015


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  • I do both and if l see something we like reduced or on special we will have that for dinner,makes sense!

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  • We go to the fruit and veg market and I buy what is available and then work out the meal plan.

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  • I am meal planning with the kids! Its much easier!

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  • I sort of wing it. I buy the specials and can usually make it work.

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  • With budgets and cuts meal planning is essential.

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  • I am trying to start meal planning, I tend to plan meals first then go shopping. But it can change depending on what’s on special.

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  • I always start with a couple of basic ideas and make the final decision once at the supermarket and having checked the specials!

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  • I generally plan what to cook and then go shopping. But depending on the specials sometimes I change my mind while inside the shop.

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  • I am with you on this one. I do the same and have saved so much doing it this way. Glad that it works for you too.

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  • Yeah, this works, especially if you have a few standard meals to include.

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  • reading these stories are great

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  • I always shop for basics and I plan well ahead of time. Also; I buy items on special too. The best of both worlds!

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  • that’s a good idea. or buy in bulk? I never know what I want to eat though

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  • I do that from time to time.I also make sure we top up the basics so I can quickly improvise a meal.

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  • My husband likes to shop for the specials. So I plan with whatever is in the fridge or freezer. Sometimes it is infuriating and sometimes we try lots of different foods that we normally wouldn’t try. I always plan for birthday parties though.

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