My grocery shopping habits have changed drastically over the last year in a number of ways. I was thinking about it the other day and wondering how much money I could have saved had I started sooner. The system I have going now is working out nicely. I’m shopping with a purpose now and it’s saving me time and money.
I rarely ever brought a list to the grocery store unless I was making a specific recipe that week. I also never looked at flyers. I threw them right into the recycle bin almost as soon as they hit the mailbox. I had no clue about any cashback apps that can save you money on your groceries. And coupons? I could count on two hands the amount of times I used them all year.
Now I’m doing things much differently. I love getting the flyers and am also always stalking my Flipp app on my phone for previews of sales coming up that week. I keep my coupon organizer stocked full in my purse and reading money-saving blogs to keep up-to-date on the latest coupons. I also use all the cashback rebate apps and have received over $100 in cheques since August. I used to price match, but had to stop after our local Walmart implemented some pretty strict policies making it pointless.
And a biggie – I make a grocery list based on what’s on sale that week and what is on my weekly menu planner. Yes, I’m planning out meals now. I never go shopping without my list. If I forgot it, I would turn around and drive home and get it. It’s that integral to how I shop!
Last week, I shared a list of 13 must-read books about meal planning. I’ve read one so far and found it helpful. It’s taking a bit of practice, but I’m getting used to the process. I’m noticing that we aren’t wasting as much food now. I used to buy perishables and then forget to use them. I hated wasting money and having to throw it away. Less of that is happening now for sure!
I’ve got a free Weekly Menu Planner printable that I’ve been using. I keep it on the fridge and print a new one out ever week. It also has a handy grocery list column on the side so you can bring it with you shopping if you like!
It’s a pdf format so just download the file to your computer and print it out. Make sure to bookmark this post so you can print more out when you need them!
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Do you currently plan your meals?