Does meal planning work for you?

When it comes to saving money, I am pretty much game for anything. There are some that go that extra mile too far for me, however I will give most things a shot. One such thing that I keep seeing across the board is meal planning. Myself and Steve don’t meal plan as such, we often just see what is in the freezer or cupboards and try to make something out of it. However, this often leads us down the wrong path as we often find we are missing just one ingredient or that one ingredient should have been defrosted for 24 hours first…meaning we have to plan something else entirely or buy even more of said ingredient to use straight away – hardly moneysaving!

I have, however, decided to give proper meal planning a go. There are numerous threads about it on MSE and many bloggers post their meal plan for the week. Whilst Steve works odd shifts, I cannot guarantee that my meal plans will be Monday to Monday but I do plan on posting my meal plans once a week – the day won’t necessarily be consistent though.

We are going to properly start next week – Steve goes on nights on Friday night so I am cooking tea for just me and Jack for 4 or 5 days. We are also going food shopping with our £100 Tesco gift card on Thursday and grabbing plenty of stuff for the freezer and the cupboards – unfortunately, this does mean that I will be frantically pulling everything out tomorrow to see what is out of date or what we don’t need to pick up at the supermarket.

I’m keen to know if meal planning works for you. Tonight we are having pasta bake – a cheap option – and something that will fill us all up, plus leave some for Steve to take for lunch tomorrow. What is on your current meal plan for the week?