One of the biggest things that I save money on is buying groceries once a week. In order to do this thoroughly, without having to go back the next day, is to make a meal plan. There isn’t much space in our fridge, but we do have a big freezer, so we generally keep to one-week meal plans; which often include making big batches of food that can be frozen down.
When I make meal plans, we first discuss what we would like to have for dinner the following week, with a focus on balancing between chicken, fish and red meat. I also like to have a meat-free meal every week. I usually look into the cupboard, fridge and freezer first, making sure to use whatever we already have. Then I write down the things we would need to buy to cover 7 dinners, breakfasts and lunch for two. If my BF is working evening shift(s) that week, I usually don’t make any dinner that day, as it`s only me, and I don’t mind having some scrambled eggs and homemade bread for dinner. This way we save even more.
An example of a regular dinner meal-plan for us would be:
Monday: Tomato soup with Macaroni, boiled eggs and Fresh bread.
Tuesday: Shepherd’s Pie
Wednesday: Chicken & Pasta Salad
Thursday: Fish au Gratin (a Norwegian casserole made with white fish, macaroni, and white sauce with a breadcrumb crust) with grated Carrot.
Friday: Pasta Bolognese & Salad
Saturday: Burritos with homemade Tortillas and Guacamole.
Sunday: pork Tenderloin with Creamy Potatoes au Gratin, Gravy and Broccoli
All of these dinners are homemade, so there are no scary additives or unneccessary sugar or salt.