Tag: Menu planning

What is the most efficient way to shop?

I’m a big believer in having goals, and having plans to reach those goals. But there are also times when sticking to a plan too rigidly, including when you shop, can actually cost you money, time, or other opportunities.

Menu planning can be a bit like this. Having a plan is great. If I shop when I’m hungry, and I don’t have a plan, I tend to buy whatever looks quick, easy and appealing – regardless of its cost or nutritional content!

But if you want next-level savings, it’s crucial to adapt your plans on the fly – and even to go shopping without a plan at all! Here’s how:

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How can I make cheap = tasty?

If we play a little word association game, and I say cheap, what springs to mind?

How would you fill the gap: ‘cheap and ……’?

Collocations are two or more words that often ‘go together’. The term is used in corpus linguistics to indicate ‘a sequence of words or terms that co-occur more often than would be expected by chance’.

According to the Ozdic Collocation Dictionary, the most common collocation phrase for ‘cheap and’ is ‘cheap and nasty’.

Google’s predictive search has a slightly nicer suggestion, ‘cheap and easy’, as in the top recommendation, ‘cheap and easy meals’. But even ‘cheap and easy’ can be a nasty jibe depending on what – or who! – it is directed at.

So how can we turn ‘cheap and nasty’ into ‘cheap and tasty’?

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How can I save with menu planning?

Having just returned from the shops with boxes full of melomakarona (μελομακάρονα, a dessert made of flour, olive oil and honey) and kourabiedes (κουραμπιέδες, a butter shortbread dipped in rosewater and powdered sugar) in preparation for Christmas in Greece, food is on my mind!

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