Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Tuesday's Tips

Welcome to the first week of Tuesday's Tips! Today's tip: Menu Planning/Grocery Lists

For our household I do menu planning and then make a grocery list! I do the menu planning for every two weeks, I plan lunches and dinners and then write them on a template I made up. I break it down by each day. Then by Lunch/Dinner. Lunches are normally easy (i.e. hot dogs, sandwiches) and dinners are more fun. I don't do breakfast mainly because I do easy stuff. So I write down each day what the main dish is and then the side dish. Like I said, I plan for two weeks. I then write down everything I need to get. I break it down by categories...i.e. breads, fruits, veggies...ect. I then take the ads for several different stores...I shop at Aldi's, Kroger, Giant Eagle, Meijer (sometimes walmart). I decide where I can get the best deals, and honestly for about a good 2/3 or so of the list, the cheapest is Aldi's! I then highlight each item based on where to get it. 

I also clip coupons and use them. Also, you can find coupons online at sites like, www.couponsuzy.com, www.coupons.com, and also I get them from the Sunday paper. 

Sure, it takes some time, but this week, I saved a lot of money and only spend 102 bucks on 2 weeks of groceries! It's so worth it! 


Ali said...

Love Aldi's - I buy a lot of frozen fruits/veggies there so that I can grind them up for Henry's baby food. You are going to love when you can feed Parker real food because you will start saving a lot of money!

Carrie said...

Thanks for the tip- we love Aldi, too- we've just started shopping there again after shopping at Super-Walmart for a long time, since it's so easy & everything's there.