Do you make weekly menues?

@ladygator (3469)
United States
February 1, 2007 10:03pm CST
I have a large family and prefer to make a menue of tenetive meals that I will cook for the week. Who else likes to do this? I think it actually helps a lot by taking the guess work out of meal times and saves money by cutting down on waste.
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@7nicole1 (1634)
• Canada
2 Feb 07
No we kind of take it as it comes and never really know what we are eating till about 30half an hour before dinner.
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@ladygator (3469)
• United States
2 Feb 07
cool, I used to do that, but it gets to hard since I have 4 kids now. Thanks!
4 Feb 07
Yes we do this in our family and there are only 2 of us. We first started to do this when we were trying to save money to buy our first house, and we found that it saved us a lot of money as the extra planning meant that we already had the food in for the week so wouldn't have to go to the shop to find something for tea and therefore didn't risk spending money on things/extras that we didn't need. It also meant that we only bought enough food for the week ahead which stopped us wasting money on unnecessary food. It also stopped us from impulsively buying takeaways as we knew what we were going to eat each night. Planning meals is definately a habit that's worth getting into, it's saved us a lot of money and we eat better than we ever have before. It also stops us from wasting food.
@ladygator (3469)
• United States
4 Feb 07
Yes this is a great plan you have! You seem newly married? You guys should be very successful in your future.
@estarga (1188)
• United States
2 Feb 07
I do this, mainly because I make groceries by the week. I usually go to the grocery on saturday or sunday with my list of meals and the items needed for those meals. It helps with saving money and so I won't have to much junk food in my house.
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@ladygator (3469)
• United States
2 Feb 07
Very cool! I Shop big 1x per month then replenish as needed
@weslenv (175)
• India
2 Feb 07
in our house v dont have such menues ..but my neighbour has such kind of menues since they too belong to a large family
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@ladygator (3469)
• United States
2 Feb 07
Yeah I think the bigger your family gets the more organized you need to be.
@shaz6611 (951)
• Australia
2 Feb 07
I've been promising myself to do this for ages as I think its a great way to save money, you know exactly what it is you need when you go shopping.
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@ladygator (3469)
• United States
2 Feb 07
Yep, thats what I discovered when I did it. Mealsmatter.org is a perfect place to get this started.
• Philippines
2 Feb 07
no, i do not make menues, i cook what i want because i have a small family, sometimes we buy from fastfood,if we dont have time to cook.but we seldom do that..as long as we have time,we cook.
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@ladygator (3469)
• United States
2 Feb 07
Cool, Yeah before I never did either.
@blueskies (1186)
• United States
2 Feb 07
I used to do this. I would make up my menu based on a few main items that were on sale that week, then make up my grocery list from that. My family loved it because they could have something different for dinner every night. Now that I can't eat wheat or dairy, I find it much more difficult. I can still make up a menu for the rest of the family, but I now have to make separate meals just for me. It's almost double the time and effort to organize it all. Sorry to be a whiner, but it gets to me sometimes.
@ladygator (3469)
• United States
2 Feb 07
Oh I understand! I am on a diet to lose weight, so I have been cheating thow by buying lean cuisines for dinner, maybe they have something you can eat? Its so quick and easy and my rigt portion is right there.