I am a firm believer that every one's grocery bill can be pared down with just a little bit of organization and time involvement. If you take the time to plan out your weekly menu by looking at what you have on hand and what is on sale for the week at your favorite grocery store, you can bring your grocery bill down to a more manageable level for you and your family.
This simple routine might only take 30 - 60 minutes of your time each week, but it can save you a lot of time and money once you get to the grocery store. It you stick to your list you will keep yourself on task and hopefully avoid any impulse purchases that might sneak into your cart.
Every Sunday afternoon, I grab the newspaper, my recipe binder and my clipboard and plan out our week of meals.
I don't have a fancy print out for my menu and grocery list, I use the tons of notebook paper that I have in my office from the Back-to-School sales. I think I got most of it for free or mere pennies.
On the left side, I list options for our breakfasts and lunches and then I list the days of the week with meals for each day. I list the days, because it gives me a good visual, but you can see I switched Monday and Wednesday, because I realized a scheduling conflict. I keep the menu flexible.
My Grocery List
On the right side, I list my shopping list. I refer to the recipes that I'll be making that week to see what is needed versus what I have on hand in the pantry, freezer or fridge.
I take the clipboard with me to the store and cross items off my list as I shop. I am infamous for forgetting things at the store, so this has helped cut down extra trips later in the week.
The clipboard is also handy for holding any coupons that I'll use that day.
I also have a very simple coupon organizer that I found at Walmart years ago. It is perfect for the amount of coupons that I use.
As a side note, I saw clipboards on sale for $1 this week at either Staples or Office Max.
How do you manage your menu and grocery list? Do you agree that with a little organization, you are able to keep your grocery shopping within your budget?
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This post is linked to Frugal Friday at Life as MOM.