Meal Planner Grocery List

My Dear Minette

Minette by the pool

Meal Planner Grocery List. Women always get the blame for being shopaholics, but little do they realise we have the responsibility to clothe and feed the family. That calls for continued shopping. It is a good excuse, but we do our best … lol

Meal Planner Grocery List

Get Organised

Planning lists of healthy products you will need will saves time and makes it easy, my dear. Selecting your menus in advance and doing your grocery shopping weekly will make life so much easier. To keep everybody healthy and happy is the sign of a well-organised household and will help you stick to your budget.

Nothing is better than the smell of food cooking with the promise of a good home-cooked meal. You might need more than just a pot and a pan my dear, and soon the heavenly smells will come from your kitchen.

I would love to see you with an apron preparing a meal for us while we sip a glass of wine. Yes an apron love, because very easy can an unexpected splatter of oil ruin your new top.

Let’s get started it is time for menu planning and grocery shopping!  It seems planning is key to a happy productive life, from planning your future, cleaning your house and planning your meals.

Menu Planning for an Organised Kitchen

Menu PlanningMeal Planner Grocery List. Menu planning. Serviette-with-small-plate-and-different-veggies-around-it-healthy-menu

  • Write down your favourite meals, healthy or not. Have four sheets of paper and mark them WEEK 1, WEEK 2, WEEK 3, and WEEK 4. These will be your menus for the month.

  • Divide the week into seven days and each day into breakfast, lunch and dinner. Add your favourite meals equally onto the sheets and add healthy options in between.

  • Make it easy and use quick meals during the working week and exotic dishes over the weekend. One night you will have Take-A-Ways decide which night and fill it in, this way it stays a special treat too.

  • Do a separate shopping list for each menu of the week. At the back of each menu, paste an envelope where the shopping list goes. Do it every week on a list and paste it to the fridge with a magnet.

  • Add the current menu to the door of your fridge with magnets. Store the other three weekly menus on the side of your fridge with magnets and change them every week as needed.

  • To save time it is wise to invest in a multi-purpose pressure cooker and a slow cooker all in one. It makes for quick and easy meals. Plan your menu accordingly.

If you buy weekly, the food is fresh and you save on fuel and money.

Meal Planner Grocery List

Grocery Shopping

  • Remember to take your shopping list from the envelope.

  • Have a food cooler container with ice brick packs inside to keep the perishables fresh while you are in town.

  • Make sure to buy fruit and vegetables, your body needs them to stay healthy. The health Gurus say you need seven portions of fruit and veggies a day, see how far you can get my love.

  •  Plastic bags from previous shopping trips and stronger shopping bags of material is handy if kept in the car. Keep the bags in a place where you can see them and remember to take them with you.

  • It is good if you have a crate on wheels or a small fold-away shopping cart in the boot of your car to carry all the parcels inside.


Meal Planner Grocery List

Selecting Products.

Meal Planner Grocery List. Healthy fresh foods on display.

  • Make a mental note when the grocery shop gets fresh stock, normally it will be before the weekend, maybe on a Thursday. If possible, it is best to go shopping when the perishables are fresh.

  • Walk down the aisles with a mission, do not ponder or look around. Know what you need from your list, go and get it.

  • Earmark a day when you have the time to browse the shelves for interesting new goodies. Usually the day you go ‘photo shopping’ with a friend. Take photos of the goods you like and select at home for the next time shopping.

  • Select the best value for your money, a bottle of oil or milk that is fuller than the next. Check everything you buy to be in perfect condition, with no dents in tins or damaged items. Be aware of genetically modified organisms alias GMO foods.

  • When buying eggs turn the container over to have a look at the bottom, there might be a cracked egg hiding inside.

  • Check all due dates and make sure to buy goods within the set date.

  • Learn to turn the container around and read at the back the list of ingredients. You might be allergic to some ingredients or it might not be good for your health.

Meal Planner Grocery List

Unpacking and Organising the Kitchen

Meal Planner Grocery List. Keep shopping receipts from the till in a box

First thing, put back the shopping list where it belongs and keep the receipt in a marked box. Keep them for a month to see what the budget will be for basic foods.

  •  Pour a cold beverage and do the unpacking immediately. Each item is in its place in the cupboards or fridge.

  • Keep food on the shelf that needs to be portioned and prepared.

  • Meat first. Divide the meat into portions, wrap and put immediately into the deep freeze.

  • Tie the empty plastic shopping bags in a knot and put them back in the car to use the next time.

  • When buying fresh warm bread in a paper bag to cool off. Add a plastic bag next to it in the paper bag to keep it fresh at home when cool.Meal planner Grocery List. Paper bag with warm bead in it

  • Keep the paper bag to use with the fresh vegetables. Plastic bags of bread can be used to keep portioned food in the deep freeze or veggies in the fridge. Only pay for plastic bags when you need them,

  • Empty egg containers can be saved to put at the bottom of the veggie drawers in the fridge and shelf. Fruit and veggies keep longer good when not touching each other. The flat surface and wet bottom of the drawer contribute to damage, it keeps the air flowing around vegetables.

Tips for Grocery Shopping and Storing

Storing of Fruit and Veggies.

  • Tomatoes.

Take tomatoes out of the plastic bag and lay loose in the drawer on the empty egg container. Never wash the fruit or vegetables when you store them. Rinse just before use.

Meal Planner Grocery List. Different kinds of lettuce on the self in the shop to choose from

  • Lettuce.

Take it carefully out of the plastic bag and keep the bag. Put the lettuce in the paper bag you kept from the bread. Back into the plastic bag before adding to the drawer in the fridge. The paper bag absorbs all the moisture and therefore, keeps it from rotting, the plastic bag keeps it crisp and fresh.

  • Carrots.

First of all, cut the stems with a sharp knife and peel the carrots with a potato peeler. Put into another paper bag from the bread, then in a plastic bag into the fridge.

  • Wrapping it in aluminium foil helps to keep it fresh too. When you need carrots for salad or cooking it is ready and such a pleasure to use.

  • Make sure to punch a few holes in the plastic bags of all other fruit and veggies in the fridge, for the reason, that to prevent them from rotting,  it needs a bit of breathing space.

Meal Planner Grocery List. Bulk Potatoes in grocer shop.

  • Potatoes.

Potato needs a dark airy space to keep good. Use the empty egg containers on a veggie shelf add the potatoes and cover with a newspaper. Air should flow around them in darkness. Never store potatoes in the fridge.

  • Onions

Onions are the most forgiving vegetable, only thing is it needs air around it too, never in a closed container.



Menu planning and doing your grocery shopping list make it quick when shopping once a week. It will make life easier if you have a busy schedule.

Now you are becoming the Domestic Queen of your house my lady.

Get cooking and enjoy the fruits from the earth with menu planning and grocery shopping.


Until next time, take care, my dear.



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2 Comments on “Meal Planner Grocery List”

  1. Wow such great tips!
    I have been prepping and cooking for so long and I found your tips amazing. Never thought of putting potatoes in the fridge, i always feel they get ruined easily. Will definitely be trying these. The budget tip is great as well, i sometimes just mix things and get confused.
    As usual, sharing your great your experience is very appreciated. Thank you!

    1. Potatoes should not go into a fridge, it changed the nutritional value.
      I live in temperatures of 38*C and upwards during summer, keeping the potatoes in a breezy cool place evenly spread on the empty egg containers, and it lasts till all are used without getting rotten. It also depends on how fresh the potatoes are. I buy a bag and it lasts the whole month.
      Budged is the ‘B’ word most people try to avoid but can be a handy tool in managing your money.
      Thank you for kind words and a motivational comment.

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