Well after the lovely frugalmama (Amanda) requested I could share my method I thought -yeah why not!
Might be a bit boring, but I do have a method to my madness... bwuahahaha.
First of all, I do keep a separate list with my staples, that lives on the fridge - this is stuff like flours, spices, tinned goods and general grocery items.
Then I mealplan all my dinners for the pay month. I try to add a few new recipes in there and include at variety of things - at least one vegetarian and one chicken or white meat, then lamb and beef combinations for variety. Thursdays is my busy day each week so I make sure I plan something on that night that is time savvy - be it reheating something I've cooked in bulk or a 30 minute meal. I also make note of days where I know we will be eating out (for example this next month we have a school function and a wedding)
I put all of my mealplan in an excel spreadsheet. The first tab is what I'm cooking.
2nd tab I then go through each meal and go through the ingredients and put them in columns depending on where I buy them.
I have a column for the butcher, the farm (produce), the supermarket and 'other' (e.g. I buy my easiyo yoghurt online - it's got heaps more flavours/range than the supermarket and very cost effective! - if you want some info on how to get $15 off your second order, let me know!)
Now, I have my draft shopping list, I then transpose everything off my list on the fridge, have a quick look through the pantry to check I haven't missed anything and then check the bathroom and laundry lastly to add any more domestic products.
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