Hello! We had such an amazing time yesterday. I plan on sitting down and getting you a full recap ready for tomorrow, but for today I am bringing you an awesome guest post from Anna! We are off to send most of our family off and then start on the REAL packing! Going to be a busy week!
Take it away Anna!
If you are anything like me, heading to the grocery store is a weekly event. We have a local grocery store here where I live and I could spend hours in the store strolling around. It is a Farmer’s Market themed grocery store, similar to whole foods. I get lost in there looking at all of the new healthy or creatively marked items.
For a while there I would spend over an hour in the store and never come home with everything I went to get. I would come home, unpack my groceries, and realize I had forgotten a key ingredient for one of the dinners I planned for the week ahead. Multiple trips to the grocery store in one week got old, so I had to teach myself how to create an effective grocery list. Not to mention, a grocery list keeps me from buying $70 in new products to “try” each time I go.
Here are my 3 tips for creating an effective grocery list
1.) I plan all of my dinners out for the week. I use a lot of recipes from magazines or recipe books throughout the week for dinner. I flip through the pages of the books or magazines trying to find recipes that incorporate things that are on sale in the weekly ad. This helps me save a few pennies because I am building the week’s menu centered around sale items. I list out the days Monday-Friday/Saturday and write down the recipes I will follow *TIP: write down the page # and source (book title, magazine title, blog URL, etc.) It will save you time during the week when you get ready to make your meals.
2.) After I create my menu, I take the time to create a list. I used to never create a list, but it has helped me save so much time grocery shopping! I take a piece of note book paper and section it off in to 1/4. I title each box…Produce, Meats, Bulk, and Other. Our grocer has a bulk section with seeds, nuts, and grains. You could easily swap this out for dairy or freezer. I found this was most helpful so I wasn’t searching through an entire list while I was in the produce department. It helps keep it organized. Other for me is the aisle of dry goods such as tomato paste, oatmeal, spices, etc.
I then go through the ad and my pantry and write down any additional items I will need for the week that are not included on my dinner list.
3.) When you are making your list for recipes if the quantity/measurement of something is specific, write it down. I cannot tell you how many times the recipe called for more than I had actually purchased at the store. I don’t do this for all items, but if it something I think I will need to buy a specific amount of I will write it down. For example if the recipe calls for 3 oranges or 24 ounces of tomato sauce, I write that down. It takes the guess work out of what is actually needed for the recipe while you are shopping at the store.
Along with writing a grocery list, I would encourage you to see if your grocery store has a mailing list to sign up for. I get several emails with coupons from our favorite grocery store and I found their e-mailing list on their website. Also, check to see if they run a double ad on a certain day. A few grocery stores in our area run a double ad on Wednesday. This makes your shopping trip and savings more efficient.
If you have any other tips for creating an effective grocery store list, I would love to hear from you. Also, if you have any good tips for saving money on grocery store buys that would be great too! I hope you found this helpful!
I’ll see you all back here tomorrow!
How do you plan our your grocery shopping?
Do you meal plan?