Have you ever walked out of a store and wondered, "How did I spend so much?"
Did you have a plan? Did you know exactly what you needed when you walked into that store?
In terms of groceries, every Saturday night or Sunday morning, Andrea sits down and plans out the week's menu, writes out the list of groceries we need and posts the menu on the white board on our fridge. Sunday morning, after breakfast, we all head to the grocery store. At the store, Andrea hands me my list. My youngest and I go one way and Andrea and our oldest go the other. After we're done we meet in the produce aisle then head to checkout. 25 minutes…in and out!
Creating a menu every week helps us in a few ways:
- It helps us create a healthy and kid friendly menu.Andrea and I are borderline health nuts. We are trying to teach the kids to eat the same, yet kid friendly, way.
- It helps us to stay on budget because we buy only what's on the list.We don't buy whatever looks good or fall for the end cap pitfall!
- We don't waste food.We eat what we buy so nothing sits on the shelves, unused, waiting to expire. Our fridge is full at the beginning of the week and bare by the end.
- It helps our evenings run more smoothly.Andrea and I both work full-time. Whoever gets home first can look at the white board and know exactly what to make for dinner.
What do you do, when shopping, to save money?