This year I am doing a weekly series every Monday on organizing. There is a great book that I found on Amazon, organize now, by Jennifer Ford Berry. The thing I really love about this book is that it is broken up in to weeks. There is a project for every week of the year, plus a few more.
Week One: Mind and Life Vision
Week Two: Priorities
Week Three: Schedule
Week Four: Cleaning Schedules
Week Five: Daily Routines
Week Six: Weekly Plan
Week Seven: Meal Planning
Week Eight: Grocery Shopping
I have posted on grocery shopping and meal planning several times. Since then some things have changed, and some have stayed the same.
So here is my grocery planning/shopping process. Each week I print out all of these sheets and put them in my 2013-2014 planner, which has turned into my household control journal.
You can go here and print out all of my planning sheets…
- On Wednesday I go through my refrigerator and freezer and list the meat and vegetables I have on hand and need to use.
- 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.
Since I am on a low carb diet, I list a meat and vegetable for each meal, and sometimes add a carb for the boys.
What is different about the way I menu plan is that I plan my menus from what I have on hand, as opposed to deciding what I want to cook and then buying the ingredients. This way I am only buying what is on sale.
This week we have pork chops, chicken breasts, London Broil, ground chuck, tilapia, and meatballs on hand in the freezer from previous weeks’ sales. I have frozen vegetables in the freezer and zucchini and salad fixings in the refrigerator. When I go to the grocery store, I will buy whatever meat is on sale and add it to the existing stock in the freezer.
- I use my master grocery list as a reference when I am making my grocery list. I highlight what I need throughout the week. I have buy prices listed next to a lot of items. I got these from Southern Savers. I also have a version of this sheet without all of the items on it that I use as my final list.
- 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!
I use the planning sheets I made for each store to list what I need at each one. I list what I am buying from the lists I printed out from Southern Savers, followed by which sales circular I need to go to to clip coupons from, if there is a coupon available.
For a more in depth post on my couponing method, you can see a previous post I did on Grocery Planning. Then I go to my filed inserts and clip the coupons I need. I then file my clipped coupons in my coupon organizer.
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?