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How to build your safe pantry

Everyone knows that with food sensitivities and special diets that eating WILL become a chore! However, I believe that preparation is the key to success for your health!

You couldn’t possibly be able to come home late from work and put together a quick meal if you’re gluten-free and all you have is regular pasta in your pantry!

Recipe for disaster!

 

You need a plan!

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Dollarama Grocery Challenge- Budgeting Series Part 2

Hi There!

Welcome to the Dollarama Grocery Budget Challenge!  Where you eat lunch, dinner and dessert or snacks, from foods purchased at the Dollarama!

I thought I would continue from my last post with a few examples to help you get your creative mind in action!

I know for a fact that there are many reasons why planning for a week can be hard, and budget is the Number 1 reason on my list.  I want to be able to make whatever I want, when I want it, but there are too many things that make that an impossibility! So, that makes your grocery budget and its flexibility( or lack there of) incredibly important!

So, I am going to assume that healthy eating is important, and that you have no specific dietary restrictions other than cutting out the crap!

I am also going to assume the you are short on time as well as cash, so getting what you can all in one shop is helpful.  Generally, I wouldn’t advocate that kind of grocery shopping because splitting your shopping to get you the best quality and the best price are very important tips to keep in mind. Plus Dollarama doesn’t carry foods like cow’s milk, eggs or cheese. (But almond and soy milk are available!For $2 a carton!)

But this is just one week, and it’s a game. So there!

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Menu Planning

In our busy lives it’s really hard to eat well and on a modest budget.  If you have the right tools you can make it easier!  That’s why I’m here!  I can help!

I don’t know about you, but I’ve spent many hours scouring the internet and subsequently many fabulous blogs that tout the benefits of meal planning.  Well, I hate doing it!  I am terrible at it!  You sit down with every cookbook in your arsenal and a few dozen of your favourite blogs and recipe sites open on your computer or tablet and try to fill in a whole month’s worth of meals.

The hard part is trying to anticipate everyone’s schedules.  Then there’s those days when nothing goes right!  How about a sudden snow storm! Or the very worst thing to happen to your family…viruses!  Nothing kills a menu plan and a fridge full of perishable food more than a virus screaming its way through your family!

Now, don’t get me wrong, I totally understand why it works and how it should work.  I find it the same as an actual budget- really hard to stick to.

I like variety, and spontaneity and find that a month already mapped out is constricting!  I actually look at the plan for the day, week and month and decide that I don’t like any of those options!  Can I get any more self-defeating?  The whole purpose is to ACTUALLY save time AND money!  I know I need to work on this!

 

Life is a work in progress!

 

So, that being said I am including a free menu planning printable for you to use!  I hope you find it useful!  I purposely designed it to be one week and only one week!  That way there is less pressure!  And the bonus is after a few weeks, you can shuffle them and create new menus!

Weekly Menu Plan

This is my newest creation!  I designed a menu plan that works for one week!  It contains a shopping list, a pantry list, a legend, and a future planning list.  Inside there are detailed instructions on how to use this file!

I hope you like it, but if you feel that there is something missing that could be uber useful, let me know and I can add it in!  Leave me a comment with a picture of your chart! I’d love to see what you’ve done and what you’ve been eating!