Tuesday Tips & Tricks – Stick To A List!*

24 May

In my DBC (days before couponing), I used to go grocery shopping every week and buy things I knew we ran out of like milk and eggs, but I would often puruse through the store trying to decide what I felt like cooking/eating for the week and would come home with lots of random things. I’d buy some meat and a few veggies and ultimately I’d have to come back to the store later on in the week when I realized I only had half the ingredients for a meal I wanted to make. I also noticed I would often come home with $100 worth of groceries, but not have a clue what to make! It was so frustrating trying to figure out how I had bought so much food and yet it felt like I hadn’t.

So, my tip for today is to always make a grocery list and buy only what’s on it! Even if you don’t plan meals out ahead of time (which I do now), you can still make a list of the items you know you need and what you’d like to cook for the week. Often this will help eliminate the splurge purchases and spur of the moment “oh that looks good” buys. This will also help you focus on what to make for the week and buy accordingly.

Most weeks I sit down with the computer and maybe a cook book and decide a few things I’d like to make that week. I also take a peek in our freezer to see if I’d like to use items from in there. I’ll often have meat in the freezer, so I’ll plan a meal around that and buy veggies/sides to compliment it. I try to have about 5 meals in mind for the week and then I’m flexible as to what meal I cook when.  I also take stock of what’s in our fridge so that I can buy what I need in order to use up things that I know will go bad soon.

By making a flexible meal plan and having a grocery list it’s been so much easier to still spend the $100, but have a  clear idea as to what I want to cook for the week and spend our  money more wisely. It also helps me avoid the junk food and the splurges that I’d like to buy while I’m there. I hope the next time you shop for groceries you make a list and stick to it, you’ll be glad you did!

And just to get you further prepared for grocery shopping, check out the Sunday Coupon Preview. (Click the image on the left).

7 Responses to “Tuesday Tips & Tricks – Stick To A List!*”

  1. Tia Bach May 24, 2011 at 8:30 am #

    Such great advice. I too often stray from the list, but I do that with my to-do list as well. I clearly need to work on focus. 😉 Great blog.

  2. Naomi May 24, 2011 at 3:52 pm #

    Great advice! I started saving tons of money and throwing away waaay less spoiled food once I decided what meals to make and made my lists based on that. My trips to the grocery store also got much shorter!

    • The Penny Wise Chick May 24, 2011 at 4:00 pm #

      Isn’t it crazy how much less is wasted once you have a plan and don’t make random things? =)

  3. Christine May 26, 2011 at 8:22 pm #

    I am a new subscriber to your blog – this is a great article – helpful info that I definately need to follow!

    Thank you.

  4. Marsha Seiberling May 27, 2011 at 10:30 pm #

    Too many times, especially lately I don’t have a set list, just a stack of coupons that I know are for things that are on sale.
    I’m not finding any blogs or forums either one that have the pricing for my grocery store. They have the same chain but the prices aren’t the same.
    Also, don’t take the grandkids to the store with you either because no matter how many times you tell them you are only getting what is on the list, they still want extras and guilt you into them!

    Oh yes, I am your newest email subscriber from Feed Me Friday.

    • The Penny Wise Chick May 28, 2011 at 7:18 am #

      Thanks for stopping by Marsha! I agree about taking the grandkids (not that I have any yet, but it makes sense). Even when my husband goes along, it’s a little helpful since he entertains our son but still we always end up buying more than what’s on the list! =) Happy Saturday.

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