Before I had kids, I would just shop for food when the cupboard was bare. No real list to go by, just fill the cart with stuff and hope it could be put together to make a couple meals.
Since kids, my grocery shopping strategy seems to be an ever evolving experience. I have gone with lists, without lists, started couponing, stopped couponing, and chased sale items. This can be a huge time suck and you don't always fill your cart with the healthiest items, just cheap ones.
So where has this left me?
Not too long ago I was inspired by a blog I found called RobbyGurls Creations. There is a a 4 part post about how she made her menu board. This women made a very nice, well organized board that Martha Steward would be proud of.
|Who has time for this?!?!|
So I am stuck, at least for now, with this....
What can I say? I work full time and I am training for 5 races. Ugghhh. Whatever. It gets the job done.
I have been able to do one grocery shopping trip every two weeks for the items needed to make 10-12 dinners, 2-4 lunches, breakfasts, and snacks. I then try to only go once in between to get things like milk and fresh produce. So far it has absolutely saved me time at the store and I have been tracking my spending a little more and I have managed to keep my spending down by about$50 and that is not really using coupons. I *might* be able to afford a fancy menu board someday!
I think this system might be a winner and one that will help keep my family feed healthy yummy meals while saving time and money.
Menu planner? Couponer? What's your strategy?
If you menu plan, I would love to hear how you do it!