Plan ahead

Meal Planner

Save time and money by checking what's already in your cupboard, fridge and freezer before you go shopping.

The benefits of planning:

  • saves money by using up what's left
  • saves time
  • enables you to cook double and freeze half
  • prevents buying things you already have
  • can help get others involved in meal planning and preparation
  • more nutritionally balanced meals
  • less stressful - no need to try and think of the things to eat each day
  • helps use up freezer meals.

You could use a piece of paper, a chalkboard or a whiteboard to create a meal plan.

Paper meal planners can be downloaded from (opens in a new window). There are also two meal planners with a weeks worth of meals to help you get started.

Check out the Love Food Hate Waste website (opens in a new window) for recipe ideas using the food you already have - look under 'recipes' and 'what food needs using up'.