Both suggested shopping for at least a week at a time in order to lessen the number of trips to the store (because we all know how going into the store for one thing always leads to a basketful of stuff we don't need). Well, I've always shopped for two weeks at a time to coincide with the hubby's pay periods, and I despise grocery shopping so much that I rarely go into the store between trips. So, hurdle one down.
Both also pointed out the importance of a list, and how sticking with that list makes all of the difference. Seems like a simple enough task, right? Well, I'm the most scatterbrained human I know, and I am not kidding when I say that while writing a grocery list, if hot dogs is on the menu, I'd forget to write down hot dog buns. And anyone who's ever had to eat bun-less hot dogs for dinner will tell you that just ain't right.
Since I'm a ninny, I devised a foolproof plan for writing up my meal-planning grocery list. Pre-written lists for each meal. I even include how many nights we'll have each menu item, plus a carb count if I have it, to make choosing the two weeks of meals a little less complicated, too. I just hand the entire deck of index cards to Jason and let him choose enough dinners to add up to 14 meals. Then, the only list you have to make before shopping is for non-food items and any snacks or desserts, and lunches. If you tend to always buy the exact same items in any of those categories, it wouldn't hurt to write up an extra card including those items that you purchase every time, too!
Another way to code the cards that you may find useful: denote with a little clock any meals that are super-quick to make, and a dollar sign any that are super-cheap! Because if you're like us, there are weeks that we need quick and cheap.
|This is just the OCD in me, but I always record the items for each meal in the exact same order. It just helps to keep me from inadvertently skipping a category when I'm harried or not paying attention.|
|It'll be worth the hand cramp, I promise. Not having to remember every single item for each recipe is such a wonderful thing...for me at least!|
If you haven't already, I highly recommend you go check out both Kristy and Sarah's sites via the links in the opening paragraph! Both girls have a heart for God, and readily share wonderful recipes and thrifty ideas! Sarah has another site for food allergy recipes in addition to her regular blog, and Kristy's recipes are always easy, fast, and delicious!