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RAWCOOKIE Posts: 11,224
3/1/13 5:11 P

a few weeks later - and I'm getting to grips with it after all; I've discovered you can change individual items in the menu plan, and I have managed to work out a week's menu with ingredients that I can get and afford - and I now have a better idea how to individualize the plan for myself.

RAWCOOKIE Posts: 11,224
2/9/13 12:13 P

thanks for the comments Sparkettes - I generally make a week's menu plan, based on my weekly veg box, and then buy what I need and am very frugal! I think I will use the Spark Menu as inspiration - as you suggested BUUKWORM14 - I did that today, and customised it to suit me.

BUUKWORM14 SparkPoints: (76,429)
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2/8/13 3:57 P

I use the meal plan as a suggestion- there are some yummy meals on there. You can change your daily meal too, so you can eat through your supplies. Mostly, I read meal plans (here and on to get ideas of yummy, healthy meals that work with my calorie limit.

MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (11,968)
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2/8/13 3:24 P

I agree with the op. I try to stay natural and frugal. I like to save and purchase from local farmers whenever possible.

YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,981)
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2/8/13 2:31 P

That's why I don't use the meal plans :) I make my own based on recipes I find and like and what I already have in my pantry/fridge/freezer, and then shop based off the list I make. This helps the budget too! There's only 2 of us but usually I can cut down recipes to 2-4 servings (and use the extras for leftovers).

For what it's worth though, cream cheese will keep awhile, and the "bricks" are already marked in ounces, so you could just cut off what you need and save the rest for later. Same for cottage cheese. You don't have to consume the entire amount you buy in one meal.

Edited by: YOJULEZ at: 2/8/2013 (14:32)
BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
2/8/13 2:27 P

I don't use it either - I go the other way around - shop first, find meals to fit around the ingredients i have on hand second.

RAWCOOKIE Posts: 11,224
2/8/13 2:21 P

I like the SP Meal Plan tool - it's brilliant. However, it looks to me like the weekly shopping list is way beyond my budget - the week's menu doesn't take into account shopping. For example, there are ridiculous things on the shopping list like 1oz low fat cream cheese, 4oz cottage cheese, 0.6 corncake etc and some of the recipes are for 6 people! I can see that I might use some of the suggestions and ideas, but the week's menu plan and shopping list won't work for me anyway - it would be so wasteful!

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