The PLAN COOK SAVE eBook is currently being updated with even more great information on how to save money on the groceries. Stay tuned – the eBook is due for rerelease in September this year 2014.

Want to eat great food but you’re on a tight schedule and a tighter budget?

here’s a strategy that will save you money on the groceries every week of the year

grocery savings

The PLAN COOK SAVE strategy for grocery savings is simple, but it’s one that works. And it keeps on working no matter how much the price of groceries go up.

There are no gimmicks involved. You won’t be eating out of your pantry once a month to save money; you won’t be relying on the whims of retailers to discount your groceries; you don’t have to spend hours cutting coupons.

(Although you can use all of these tactics in conjunction with PLAN COOK SAVE to supercharge your grocery savings).

Instead, this is a solid strategy that you can use every week of the year, year in year out, to consistently save money on the groceries.

In fact, it’s the strategy I’ve been using for the past ten years. As a student, as a full time worker and now as a writer and mum and to an active toddler.

It makes sense that you want to do all that you can to reduce your grocery budget. The grocery bill is on average the third largest household expense after the mortgage and car repayments.

But you know what? Saving money on the groceries isn’t enough. Sure, you can eat instant noodles and tinned tuna every day and save heaps (I’ve tried. It’s cheap, but believe me, it’s boring).

But I don’t have to tell you that preparing great tasting, healthy food for yourself and your family is really important. That healthy food gives you energy and helps reduce the risk of chronic disease.

So what you really want is to eat great food and save money at the same time.

But there’s a complication.

Life’s busy.

You don’t want to be spending hours in the kitchen cooking. In fact, you probably don’t have time to.

That’s why the PLAN COOK SAVE strategy is also about saving time. You may even find you’ve got more time than you did before!


So what’s the strategy?


Well, the answer is in the title.

You PLAN in advance (but you don’t just throw together any old menu plan, you use a smart strategy that saves you time and money).

You COOK basic ingredients from scratch and choose your conveniences judiciously (rather than relying on expensive pre-packaged food – but don’t worry, there are plenty of tips for saving time and making basic foods taste sensational).

And most importantly, you eat what you buy and SAVE money.

Here’s something worth thinking about:

If I asked you what the biggest expense is when it comes to buying groceries, you would say meat, right?

But it isn’t.

Your biggest grocery cost is probably wasted food.

Here are the stats: in 2007 the average basket of groceries in Australia was around $281 per week (according to the ABS) or $14,612 per year (and it’s certainly gone up since then).

Now here’s the alarming bit, on average around 30% of what we buy gets thrown in the bin and it’s similarly grim in the UK and US.

That means if you’re an average family, you could be literally throwing away a whopping $4,400 per year.

That’s some serious spare change I would rather keep in my pocket. Follow the strategies in the PLAN COOK SAVE eBook and you will automatically cut your food waste without any effort and save a packet in the process.

And that’s before all the money saving tips that will leave even more in your pocket.

But we haven’t even gotten to the most important part:

What are you going to do with the money and the time you save?

Because at the end of the day, that’s what this eBook is really about.

You want to save money on the groceries so you can pay off the mortgage, save for a new car, go on a holiday, put the kids through school or buy a new camera.

You want to save time so that you can play with the kids, go to the beach, get in some yoga or take a soak in the bath at the end of a long day.

And you want to eat healthy so that you have the energy to enjoy all these things.


How the PLAN COOK SAVE strategy works.


First, you focus on basic, natural ingredients cooked from scratch and avoid the pre-packaged foods (don’t worry, there’s room in this strategy for a little naughtiness).

You don’t have to worry about omega 3s, antioxidants, trans fats, corn syrup, calorie counting…

because when you eat basic foods, you’ve got all your bases covered:

tickyou can be confident that you’re eating healthy food without worrying about the details; and

tickyou will be saving money. Basic ingredients cooked from scratch are much cheaper than pre-packaged convenience foods or takeaway meals.

The eBook covers everything from buying, storing and cooking basic ingredients as well as how to save money on your purchases and what to do with your leftovers.

Next, you work out your time plan and your menu plan. But not just any menu plan. You use the tactics and resources in the eBook to make your menu plan really work for you.

Then you shop with a strategy. Shop once a fortnight instead of every day and save hours a week. Avoid those impulse buys and save money and your waistline.

Finally, you fit out your tool kit with a few basic recipes and cooking methods to make cooking meals quick and easy.


What you will find inside.


This eBook is a 240 page downloadable PDF file that includes the following:


Which foods to eat more of and which ones to eat less of to ensure a healthy diet.

tick How to select, store and use the food you buy so you’re not throwing your hard earned cash in the trash.

tickTips on finding the best deals on the food you buy (without spending hours running around comparing prices).

tickHow to develop a working routine to make the most of the time you have and make more time to do the things you really want to (while still preparing healthy food from scratch).

tickHow to avoid the age old question “what’s for dinner?” by planning in advance and how to make this process quick and painless while saving you money.

tickHow to plan your shopping trips so that you cut your shopping time.

tickShopping tactics to help you save money on the groceries.

tickHow to organise your kitchen for maximum efficiency.

tickTips on how to save time in the kitchen.

tickEssential cooking methods that make preparing and cooking meals easy.

tickEssential recipe bases from which you can create hundreds of meals.

tickOver 100 recipes from the Frugal and Thriving blog all of which I cook myself on a regular basis.

tickPrintable resources to make cooking healthy meals easy. These include:

tickA to-do checklist that takes you through the process of how to eat healthy on a budget.

tickTemplates for organising your time, creating a master meal list, menu planning, restocking the kitchen and doing the shopping.

tickFood guides including a pantry list, a freezer guide, a ‘what’s in season’ guide, a guide to common meat cuts and how to use them, and a guide to essential kitchen tools.



Here’s a screenshot of some of the pages you’ll find in the eBook.

If you want to know more about what’s in the eBook, I’ve taken just a few of the tips and strategies and posted them on the Frugal and Thriving blog. You can read them here.


Free bonus Excel templates


pricebookPrefer to work on the computer rather than on paper? The eBook comes with free bonus templates in Excel format.

The excel file include:

ticka weekly schedule

tickmorning and evening routines

ticka meal master list template with filters to help you sort and find your favourite recipes

ticka full menu plan template

ticka dinner menu plan template

ticka price book template with filters and example formulas to copy and paste to help you calculate the price per unit.

Each template comes with instructions on how to use it, is fully formatted and print ready. All you need to do is enter you information and you’re set.


Money back guarantee


guaranteeI’m confident that after reading the eBook and putting the money and time saving tips into practice that you will save money on your groceries.

However, if for any reason you’re not satisfied with the eBook, just let me know within 60 days of purchase and I will refund your money, no questions asked (although all feedback is most welcome).