Cheap grocery shopping list
When money is tight, families often look to the grocery bill to save some extra money. Thankfully, it is possible to eat well on a budget, but sticking to the budget is made much easier if you go in with a plan. Your plan will be your weekly grocery list that you’ll create from your weekly menu plan! A grocery list goes hand in hand with a meal plan. You can’t create a decent grocery list if you have no idea what you’re going to cook or what is in the items. So, let’s go over the steps to shaving money grocery shopping with a list.
Go Over Weekly Circulars — Before you decide what you’re going to cook for the week it’s important to check out the advertisements in your weekly circulars in the Sunday Paper. You can also check online with the grocery stores that you typically go to.
Match Sales With Coupons — If you have coupons for things you like to eat, match the coupons with the sales. It’s always best to use a coupon for things you typically already use, or if it becomes a free item with the coupon then try it, but it should be part of our overall plan and not an impulsive purchase. There is no point in buying anything your family doesn’t normally eat or like.
Plan Your Menu — With the information above, create the menu of meals you plan to have. Include Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, School Lunches, and if you plan to have company. Don’t forget to include at least one leftover night in each week. In addition, plan your menu using leftovers to create other dishes. For instance, beans and rice one night can become bean burritos another night.
Write Your Grocery List — Now, using the menu, write down what you need for each item. You can skip writing down the items you know that you already have, but it’s always a good idea to check your cabinets, fridge and freezer prior to going to the store to be sure you mark off what you don’t need, and add in what you do.
Stick To Your List — When you go shopping it’s important to now stick to your list. Do not be distracted by other sales, or something that looks delicious in the store. Avoid sampling products when they’re giving them so that you’re not tempted. Eat a full, healthy meal prior to grocery shopping and you’ll be less likely to buy anything impulsively that is not on your list.
Less Shipping Saves Money — By having a list, you’ll not forget any items and you won’t be tempted by having to stop by and pick up milk and walk out with 20 other items. Depending on your budget and your storage, shop no more than once a week. The fewer trips you make to the grocery store the more money you’ll save.
When you go shopping at any time, it is important to carry a list. Whether it’s grocery shopping or not. Thankfully, today there are many different online planning applications, and even services which create meal plans for you. Some of these apps are available on your smart phone or mobile device! One great app to try is called Living Cookbook. You can manage your recipe collection, plan meals, print shopping lists and more. In addition, it’s available for use on the iPad.
Did you know that you can save by buying better quality foods? I’ll talk more about that in my next post.