Love a List Challenge hub

Last updated: 1 March 2021

Over the next four weeks, your challenge is to use a meal plan and shop to a list to reduce food waste and save money.

Before you start

To get the most out of the challenge, get prepared before you start.

Schedule in time

Create a calendar reminder once a week to plan your meals and write a shopping list.

Choose what you’d like to plan

It’s up to you and your schedule.

You could start with just planning a few dinners and a leftovers night. Or you could plan meals for all seven days of the week.

Choose how you’ll plan

Use a meal plan and list that works for you. You can use your phone, an app, a whiteboard or a piece of paper stuck on the fridge. To get you started we have a few options in our challenge resources.

Get everyone involved

Get the whole house on board. Create a list of everyone’s favourite meals. This can be useful when you need meal ideas.

Your Love a List Challenge

Complete these steps every week.

Step 1: Meal plan

Check what you have

Take note of what you have in your pantry, fridge and freezer.

Add meals to your plan

Plan meals from what you have. Add other meals from your family favourites and recipe books or websites. Plus, you can add a leftovers or freezer night.

Step 2: Shop to a list

Write your list

Add what you need to buy from your meal plan and any other staples that need to be restocked.

At the store ‘love’ your list

Stick to your list, buying only the items you have planned for.

Step 3: Eat what you’ve bought

Eat your meals as planned

Keep your plan visible so you can follow it throughout the week. You could stick it to your fridge or schedule reminders in your calendar. Remember to save any leftovers for lunch or freeze them for another meal.

At the end of the week

Check what’s left and plan to use it up in next week’s meal plan.

Repeat steps 1–3 each week.

Challenge resources

Download these resources to get the most out of the challenge.

Meal plan and shopping list template

Challenge tracker