I think you will find that some do not plan and some plan down to the beverages! Alot has to do with your personality, and your life style. Personaly I need to plan. I work 50 hours a week, and I have a family of 4. I plan out 2 weeks of menus, then make my grocery list for that. I make a main list, then add fresh produce 1-2 times after that main shopping. I am a creative cook, so if I have on the menu chicken and fennel stew I may change my mind to have fried chicken with roasted fennel and parsnips and carrots, depending on my mood.
The trick is to have your staples, use your parishible foods so you have no waste. ALSO cook big, so you have left overs for breakfast or lunch or another full meal! Sometimes we have a complete repeat, exactly as the first meal, or we will use the protien on a salad, or with eggs.
I make 2 sets of 2 week menus, and rotate them, and of course there is always wiggle room to fit a certain mood, or to use up a parishible item. I often find that a 2 week menu will last about 18 days considering using up left overs and sometimes skipped meals.
Started PB Aug 9, 2010 then let 'stuff' get in the way
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Goal of Significant Weight Loss
15 pounds down! with more to go!