Back in the September (grocery) swing

A new survey suggests most parents ramp up their meal planning when the school year begins.

Forget January, apparently September is the time for resolutions when it comes to meal planning, according to a new survey.

The poll from Rabba Fine Foods was done through Leger’s online panel in August and asked roughly 1,000 Ontarians about their meal planning habits. A majority (72%) of parents with kids under 18 are likely to plan their meals for the week before going shopping (versus 53% of consumers without kids).

At 65%, younger Canadians (between 18 and 34) are also more likely to plan weekly meals, according to the survey. That compares with 53% of those 55 to 64 and 47% of those over 65.

Sixty percent said they often or always plan ahead before shopping for groceries, but the same percentage said they also pop into the grocery store for same-day meal ingredients at least once a week (35% once per week and 24% more than once a week). About a third (30%) said they never plan weekly meals before shopping.

Unsurprisingly, 72% of parents say they become more organized about their shopping plans when the new school year rolls around, versus 37% of those who don’t have kids at home.

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