I previously shared with you how I saved 64% on My Vons Grocery Shopping Trip. So, I want to share with you how I make my grocery shopping list. That way you can see how to get savings like that also, no matter where you shop.
Look Through the Store Circulars When Planning Your Grocery List
On Tuesdays or Wednesdays, I go through the store circulars I’ve received in the mail and from the Sunday paper. I look through ads for CVS, Vons, Sprouts, Ralphs and Albertsons.
If there are any sales on things I would purchase, as long as they’re at a really low price, I write them down on my list. I spent a few months charting prices at those stores and Walmart. So, I know when products are at their lowest price and are worth purchasing. You can find the post on how I made those charts in my post, How To Compare Grocery Store Prices.
Then, I use a piece of of scratch paper and separate my list by store. Sometimes there’s great sales at all of the stores and sometimes only at one or two.
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Planning the Meals on My Grocery List
On Thursday, I spend the most time getting my grocery list ready. I take out my file of recipes and my cookbooks.
The green file box is recipes we’ve tried before and liked. The gray file box is recipes I found from magazines or the internet that I think my family and I will like, but we haven’t tried yet.
I’ve previously gone through my Taste of Home Healthy Cookbooks. I wrote down the names of recipes and the page number they’re on, of things I think we would like.
The first thing I do is pick the main dinner dishes for the week. I choose the meat based on the meat I used last week. For example, if I used chicken and beef last week, this week I’ll use turkey and pork. Every Sunday we always have fish – salmon or tilapia – so that’s easy to pick.
Next, I pick the vegetables based on store sales and what we had last week.
Then, I see what breakfast items I need to make for the week. I either make muffins, pancakes, waffles or cinnamon rolls. Also, I look at what snacks and desserts we’ll need.
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I write all of that here on these items. The small paper is a list of whatever dessert item I’m making next. As you can see, I get as much use out of my paper list as I can. I just cross off whatever dessert I’ve made and then I know the next one on the list is what I’ll make the next time.
The whiteboard is where I record everything I’m making on every day of the week. The whiteboard is a huge organization help for me. It is listed by day, Monday – Sunday. I write what dinner meals I’m making in red, and then the other things I’m making in black. I look at it every day to see what meat I need to take out for the next meal, or to see what I need to make that day. Quartet Magnetic Dry-Erase Weekly Organizer, 6 x 10 Inches, Daily Planner, Frameless (79217)
So, after all of that is written down, I sit down at the kitchen table with all my recipes and the grocery list. You can see what that looks like at the top of the page.
Then, I print out a weekly grocery checklist from the computer. My daughter came up with that wonderful idea! It’s a list of items that we use every week, and things I need to look at weekly to see if they need replacing. This list saves me time and also saves me from forgetting to purchase something at the store.
After that, I look through the recipes and my cupboards to see what I already have and what I need to buy. If it’s not one of the sales items I already have written down, then I add it to my Walmart list.
When I’m done with that, I cut out the coupons from the Sunday paper and if I’ve printed any from the internet. Then I go through those and all the other coupons in my coupon file and see if there’s any I can use that week. I paper clip the coupons, along with the corresponding store list, to the store circular, so I’m all ready to shop. I put it all upstairs on my desk for grocery shopping on Saturday.
This way to make my grocery shopping list is the best way I know to keep organized and to save as much money grocery shopping as I can.
If you want to see this process, broken down, step-by-step, here’s a link to my latest post:
Do you have any tips on how to make a grocery list?
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