Hello there everyone! Welcome back to the Living Big on Less Money Series and link party. Today I will be talking about Menu Planning Made Simple, Part 3. Of course the link party is still going strong! Please link your frugal tips and tricks and frugal recipes too! As a reminder, I leave many of the links up for a month or so. I feel this helps each of us get all the exposure we can! So if you see a few links that have been there for a while, just know they are getting a lot of clicks and people are really loving them! I hope you take a moment to share!
On to Meal Planning Made Simple, Part 3. Today I want to talk about what happens before you head out to the store and while you are in the store. You know why you should plan your menu, you now have a great and frugal family menu planned, now what? Lets prepare for our trip to the store and see what we need to keep our eye out for.
Before and During Shopping
- Check your local grocery store sale papers (the front page has the “loss leaders” – they the the lowest prices your store has for the week)
- Shop at one or two stores (I don’t run all over town to find the lowest price – too much gas) I will shop at a couple stores that are close to my home.
- Use Coupons (I don’t use coupons for everything. I cook from scratch and many coupons are not avaialable for those types of items. I will use coupons for a few canned goods, yogurt, etc)
- Shop at stores like Sams, Costco, etc. (I only buy a few items in bulk – things like flour, sugar, rice, eggs)
- Make sure you have a list and stick to it (Of course if you see a great clearance and have a coupon, get it and stockpile it!)
- Create a price list – I have a spreadsheet that keeps track of the price of an item at 3 or 4 different stores. That way, when I shop or look at a sale paper, I don’t have to try to remember what the item costs at another store. I can check my list and determine what the best price is.
- Stockpile (I don’t mean those ladies with basements full of things. I do mean if you see something that is on sale and you know your family will use it, get what you can afford to)
- Snack before you shop! How many times have you gone shopping hungry and bought more than you needed?
- Shop alone. Kids and partners can distract you and if they are like Big, throw things in the basket without you knowing!
- Buy discounted meat and freeze it. I rarely pay full price for meat. We have a store that is super close to us and I know they discount their meat in the afternoon. If I am out, I will make a trip by the store to see what they have marked down.
I hope these tips help you and inspire you. If you are struggling and want to see an example of my Menu Plans that include links to recipes, you can find a few of them under the Frugal Living Category in the header (or click HERE) I would love to hear about how you menu plan or how you save money when you shop.