For many, many years now I have try to be as frugal as possible.Whether if it’s making something instead of buying it, foraging for food, menu planning, learning how to darn clothes, buying second-hand, the list goes on.I know I’m not the only one and although I know lots of tips and tricks, I’m sure there is plenty more I can learn.When Helen from Witty Hoots was asking for new co-hosts for her Frugal Family linky, I said I would like to join as I have learnt so much but also want to widened my knowledge. It’s the 1st birthday of the Frugal Family linky, so I’m hoping I can help get some new people to join in.
Paperless Menu Planning
Now the kids are back into school, I’m back to planning meals again.Menu planning was something I learnt to do when I was a chef and I could do a whole blog post on how to menu plan effectively but for this post I decided to look into paperless menu planning.Up until recently I was printing off planners I found on Pinterest, which was convenient way for me to plan, record and get inspired.The only thing is now we’re out of the menus and I’m no longer able to use the printer I have as it’s not compatible with my Chromebook.Along with paper and ink, it’s both costly financially and environmentally.
After a bit of a search I found Spoonacular, where you can add your own recipes or those you find online to your own menu plan.I found it really easy to use, starting with recipes from my blog I started to upload recipes using the Spoonacular Chrome extension, you can add the recipes to a recipe box you name then drag and drop to your desired day and time.It means I can see at a glance what I had planned, move or remove or add more recipes.
I only had a little play with this tonight, so I’ll come back and update when I have a few weeks to get a proper grasp.I’ve discovered you can search the Spoonacular database for recipes that have been uploaded from other users, make your menu plans public or private, make menu plans weeks in advance all without paper.I noticed you can make shopping lists and all the recipes have been calculated for nutritional value and cost.Although this is based on U.S. currency.I’ve managed to save next week’s menu 3 times, not sure how to delete the duplicates but you can have a look at my menu plan and then have a go at your own paperless menu planning.
Menu planning helps to keep costs down as I’m only buying what I need, I can look for recipes from the ingredients I already have and make sure we get a balance diet.From a food blogger perspective, this way my recipes are getting seen by other users so there is that to consider.
Do you menu plan? Have you tried paperless menu planning?
Pop over to the other co-hosts to see how they’ve been frugal this week.
By joining in with the Frugal Family linky you are giving permission for myself and/or my co-hosts to link back to your post and to use one image from your post in a weekly/monthly round up collage which may get pinned to our co-hosts pinterest board.