I posted on grocery shopping and meal planning last fall. Since then some things have changed, and some have stayed the same.
I don’t coupon and stockpile as much as I used to. I am a big Aldi girl now. I buy most of my staples there. I then fill in with what meat is on sale at my local grocery stores.
So here is my grocery planning process. Each week I print out all of these sheets and put them in my new 2013-2014 planner.
1. On Wednesday I go through my refrigerator and freezer and make a list of meat and vegetables I have on hand and need to use.
2. I use my planning sheet to start planning meals from what we have. I look at the calendar for the upcoming week. Some days I can cook a roast, and some days we may have to grab a sandwich between cello lessons, football practice and baseball practice
3. I use my master grocery list to highlight what I need. I use different colors for each store. I have buy prices listed next to a lot of items. I got these from Southern Savers.
4. I use Southern Savers for all of my couponing. I go to her site and make printable lists of what is on sale at my grocery stores. I will admit, I will go to three grocery stores and CVS some weeks, if the prices are right! I love a bargain!
5. I use the planning sheets I made for each store to list what I need at each one. There are some items that I always buy at certain stores, and I have them listed on my master lists.
I keep the front slot empty. It is labeled “this trip.” The next slots are for Publix, Bi-lo, Ingles, and CVS. After that I have slots for restaurant and service coupons. I file the coupons by store, then when I am in the store shopping, I add the coupons for the items in my cart to the front slot. If I don’t use the coupons I clipped, I add them to the back slot of my organizer.
I used to drag my huge 4-inch binder with me to the store, and now all I take is my planner and coupon organizer. Maybe I miss out on some great deals, but I still manage to save around 50%, and that is good enough for me!
Another thing that really helped me was putting all of my shopper cards on a separate key ring:
So, what do you think? Was that explanation as clear as mud?