Monday, August 11, 2014

Menu Planning

Let me start by saying that I hate grocery shopping. I can vivdly remember my first time grocery shopping when I had moved out on my own. It was awful. My shopping trips were always the same thing. Me wandering aimlessly in the store throwing random things into my cart. Then I would get home and put everything away. Then without fail when I would go to make something for dinner I would be missing ingredients. It was such a waste of time and money.

After years of wasting I finally decided to get organized when it came to grocery shopping. Menu planning our family meals has been such a moneysaver for us. It is a little time consuming but well worth it!
  1. Look for a free printable weekly menu planner on-line and a grocery shopping list. Print a bunch and keep them in a folder. I keep mine with my printed recipes! 
  2. Fill in the menu! We have a lot of family favorite meals that seem to be on every menu, but I also like to add new items too. Pinterest is the best tool for finding new and exciting entre├ęs. 
  3. Go through each meal and write down on your grocery list the items you need. 
  4. When you have all your items listed look through your cabinets and fridge to see what items you already have. 
  5. Shop! 
I usually shop for about 10 days worth of meals and our bill comes to between $130-150, depending what other extras we need, like bathroom and personal products. The best part is that when everyone asks you "what's for dinner?", you just have to point at the menu.  

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