In the past I have always just added items to the list as they ran out, as they were required for meals or as desired by the two of us. The problem with this strategy is that I end up replacing things that I do not use that often and may not use again for a while. This has meant that there have been some weeks where we spent more than we needed to get through the week.
So I have come up with a new strategy.
I have divided the shopping list into two sections. 'This Week' for the items needed for this weeks meals and 'Future' which is a list of items to be purchased in the future, that have been used up or are close to needing replacing.
This means that each week when I go shopping I am only buying what is required for that week yet I am not loosing track of what needs replacing.
If I know that the weeks shopping list is small and will not exceed our $50 budget I can add a few extra items off the 'Future' list. Otherwise they will get purchased when they are actually needed for the weeks meals.
This week for main meals we are having:
Thai Beef Salad - Nothing needed as I substituted some of the ingredients for others.
Devilled Sausages, potatoes and Broccoli (nothing required)
Spinach and Salmon Flan (nothing required)
Lamb Neck Casserole with Polenta (nothing required)
Chicken and Olive Tagine (tomatoes needed)
Pasta (tomatoes and tomato paste required)
So the food items on this weeks list were: tomatoes, tomato paste, bread, carrots, milk, cream, 00 flour, apples, peanuts and bananas. Total spend $39.86
There are plenty of breakfast items on hand including cereal, toast and eggs. For lunches Hubby takes leftovers plus carrots, apples and nuts and because I work from home I can have leftovers, salad, eggs on toast or what ever I feel like.
Our pantry is already
What are you having this week?