I have two supermarkets an easy 10 minute walk away from where l live, and one of them is Aldi where l do most of my shopping.
The fact that they are so close is both a blessing and a curse. I don’t have a car so it is such a blessing that l can wheel my trolley up and get what l need with no problems. I can do a small bulk buy and get it back with ease.
The curse of them being so close is, and l know this is down to willpower, that l sometimes think l don’t want to eat … and go up and get something different or a snack to eat. I’ll admit now that l have a weakness for potato chips. When l start doing this my food budget is suddenly gone and l’m spending way more than l can afford.
There’s one sure fire way for me to stick to my budget and that is to menu plan. Above is one l’m working on. I know weekly menu plans help me keep within my budget and actually make me eat a healthier diet. I plan it out for the week, buy what l need and then stay away from the supermarket until the next week.
It makes sense so why do l stop planning; lack of willpower, that’s what it is. Plan out all my meals and snacks, that’s all l have to do. I’m currently working on a block of 4 weekly plans and am determined to stick to them.
They’re easy to do yourself. Think of the type of meals you like to eat and put them into a plan. If you include your snacks as well the week will be covered and, l firmly believe this, you will save money. Supermarkets can be tempting places. Only going when you do a major shop will save money.
Do you menu plan?