Do you make menus for your family? I have been told that you spend list when you plan out your menus, this is what I plan to start this new year.

  • yes, I do a weekly menu.

    16%
  • yes, I do a monthly menu.

    5%
  • yes, I do a biweekly menu.

    4%
  • no

    73%
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Submitted by at 1:41 PM on Dec. 29, 2008
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Do you make menus for your family? I have been told that you spend list when you plan out your menus, this is what I plan to start this new year.

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  • JANEDOE568...
    Submitted by   at 3:35 AM on December 30, 2008

    i don't do this but my mother does it and she swears it saves her money. plus she does not ever have that problem "what are we going to have for dinner tonight?" i think it is a good idea and i might start doing it myself!

  • AmaliaD
    Submitted by   at 6:09 PM on December 30, 2008

    my mom used to, i think about dinners and what we are low on when at the store. i need to plan better!

  • sfwilson
    Submitted by   at 8:34 PM on December 30, 2008

    I was on a kick of doing a weekly menu, but I've been off the wagon for a couple weeks. I just thought it was fun to plan ahead. Fun for my husband to look at the menu for the week and get excited! But I don't think it saved us money, probably the opposite. Without the menu, I just cook something with what we have in the pantry.
    But I like the menu thing.

  • bshredy3
    Submitted by   at 11:27 AM on January 3, 2009

    It saves us loads of money... I also go by myself when it's busy...no kids, no hubby... plus I get irritated with people when it's busy, so I tend to shop faster and only buy what's on my list.

  • Guinhyvar
    Submitted by   at 9:59 PM on January 3, 2009

    I used to not, but a few years ago I decided to try and make a weekly menu to see if it really saved moolah. I was shocked to find that I spent A LOT less at the store when I made menus instead of just buying "whatever". I also found that I made less trips to the store, resulting in fewer "impulse buys".
    Now I always make menus, and lists for the grocery store; I will NEVER go back to the slap-dash way I had before!

  • GmansMomy
    Submitted by   at 1:38 PM on January 7, 2009

    ive done it before and it does work great!

  • myheartx4
    Submitted by   at 6:03 PM on January 13, 2009

    This is the best advice I've ever had! I plan whatr we will eat in the fortnight, then write a grocery list -so if we are have chicken and veg, I know that I usually do 4 carrots, then I add four carrots to the list, etc.
    At the end you know you need 24 carrots for the fortnight. So when you shop you don't over-cater. Then you use up everything you bought, no wastage and every cent you spent is wellspent. I don't stick hard and fast to the menu, so if I don't want to have what's listed for Tuesday, I switch it with what is on for Wednesday.
    It also makes it way easier to get meals cos it is already decided! (I hate the deciding what to have part)

  • CK147
    Submitted by   at 6:46 PM on January 13, 2009

    We did it for a little while than stopped, now we are starting it again, it's much easier to know ahead of time for me what everyone wants.

  • t3dragonfl...
    Submitted by   at 2:34 PM on January 14, 2009

    I actually make a 6 week plan and make notations at the beginning of each week what needs to purchased fresh. The produce department is at the front of my preferred store and very near the checkstand so I'm in and out without extra spending. 6 weeks for a family of 5 costs about $300. A bit more around special occassions but I think that's pretty good and I don't use coupons very often either.

  • arielchic
    Submitted by   at 7:00 PM on January 18, 2009

    It's a great idea! I do a two week menu and it keeps me from spending extra money on things i don't really need. Plus, less food gets wasted.

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