Ok, so back to business. This is the final post about saving moolah with our groceries. Organizing your shopping trips is huge when it comes to saving money. If you missed my overall steps to Organizing your shopping and menu planning, you can go back and catch up. In part two of this post, I went into detail about knowing your budgets, knowing your prices, and knowing your stores. These are the first 3 steps to saving money at the store.
Today, I'll talk about steps 4-6 - menus, shopping list, and coupons. So once again, let the savings saga continue!
4. Dust off you cookbooks and plan a menu. Menu planning is essential and it's become big business. Many people are making money by putting menus together for you. It's a service you can find all over the web if you're willing to spend a few dollars a week. Yes, you too can have a personalized menu sent to you complete with grocery list....or you can just do it yourself....for free. Planning a menu doesn't take long, but it's a crucial step so many of us skip. Don't skip it; not if you want to save money. If you have a plan when you walk into the store, you won't be tempted to eat out as much or buy the more expensive pre-packaged food items. If you have a plan, you won't have to run to the store throughout the week for this or that and end up spending more than you planned- because you know we always end up picking up a few more things when we just need one. When my menu is planned, the family is well fed with healthy, wholesome food. I'm not the best cook, but since Iron Chef America has a full cast, I don't worry about it too much.
Here is my hi-tech, fancy menu planner.
If you need a menu and grocery printable to inspire you or help you plan, go to the $5dollar dinner mom here. She has printables and lots of great recipes for, yes, $5 a meal. I visit often!
|I love menu boards. I think I'll have to make one soon!|
|I put the date on my coupon book then put them in a folder|
until I go shopping and ready to use them.
|Stock pile from couponing- Good!|
Truthfully, I rarely use coupons today. I still get a paper (only 1, not 4,10, or 20) delivered with my Sunday coupons, but most coupons are for items I don't buy. Most coupons are for packaged, unhealthy type foods that I try to stay away from. I use coupons for our toiletries and a few of our store bought items, but coupons don't determine if an item goes on my list. Healthy coupons that you can use at Whole Foods can be found here, but I've found Sprouts and Trader Joe's to be a good healthy alternative with out breaking the bank and without coupons. We don't have a Trader Joe's here yet, but it's coming and I can't wait!
So that's it. Organizing your shopping and menu planning is key to being a savvy savings girl. Hope all this helps you. Have a great weekend! I'll be spending my weekend working on some crafts while sipping tea and watching Jane Austin movies. I love my weekend plans!
Blessings to you,