Daily English 1247 - Doing Meal Planning

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Dialogue/Story

Donny:  Have you ever heard of something called a “meal plan”?

Helene:  Sure, I make one each week before I go grocery shopping.  It saves time and money.

Donny:  My mother suggested I make one now that I’m staying home with the kids and Sydney is going back to work.

Helene:  See this?  This is my meal plan.  I map out the dinners I’ll be making each day.  It helps me a lot.

Donny:  How?  It seems like a lot of work.

Helene:  Well, for one thing, I only have to go grocery shopping once a week.  I buy a week’s worth of groceries in one fell swoop.

Donny:  I guess that’s helpful, but it still seems like too much work.

Helene:  Here’s what I do.  I look at each week’s store circular to see what’s seasonal and on sale.  I pull out my recipes that include those items and I see if I have any coupons I can use.

Donny:  I still don’t see how I can save much money.

Helene:  I also use the sale items for more than one meal and make enough to have leftovers for lunch the next day.  It works like a charm.

Donny:  I think I’ll stick to my original plan.

Helene:  Which is?

Donny:  To plead ignorance and ask my mother over to our house to give me cooking lessons.  By the time I cook well enough on my own, the children will be nearly full-grown!

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse

Category: Food + Drink


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