8. The Shopping List is Overly Expensive or Unrealistic

Poor college student… costs quickly add up.
— You

If you are on a tight budget, or you don’t feel you know how to plan without buying a ton, you can easily become disheartened with the idea of meal planning when your food shopping bill shoots up. I mean, one of the biggest sellers around it, is supposedly the fact it saves you money!

It’s not a lie. When done successfully, meal planning can save so much money in the long run. With a bit of organisation, you can easily cut your costs down.

Here are the 3 ways to create a simple weekly meal plan without an overly expensive shopping list


Begin by making a list of all the food you already have available in your house, in your cupboards, fridge and freezer. See if you can make any meals from this.


Then, check what food is in season in your area. Plan the rest of your meals around these ingredients as they will tend to be cheaper.


Finally, try and top up with at least one cupboard essential (non-perishable items that you can make quick meals with) each time you do a food shop. When you can, try to buy the biggest amount possible, as this generally works out cheaper per kilogram. For example, a 500g bag of pasta costing 55p would be £1.10/kg, but a 3kg bag of pasta costing £2.87 would be £0.96/kg, which is a saving in the long run. If you can keep this up regularly you will always have a “free” meal to fall back on when times are tough.