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Reverse Meal Planning

edited 30 April at 7:58AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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edited 30 April at 7:58AM in Old Style MoneySaving
Not sure if many of you will have tried the reverse-meal plan idea.

Rather than buying all the ingredients you need to support your meal-plan, you look at your fridge, freezer and store-cupboard and meal plan from that, minimising what you shop for.  Based initially on the fresh produce that would be wasted if it is not used up. Add a view to processing any so it can be preserved, if you have more than you can hope to use up before it reaches end-of life or perishes. 

If you want to be accountable to yourself, you could price up what you would have spent if you had gone out and bought it fresh and count this as a purse bonus, either physically, to top up an emergency fund or on paper, if only to feel ever so slightly smug because it frees up those funds for other things.

Feel free to join in with your record of recipes used, plans and adaptations of recipes - we especially like the successful substitutes when that one ingredient isn't available

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