I am in the process of trying to “makeover” my grocery budget. I started a couple of weeks ago to find and use more coupons, make a grocery list and meal plan, and track prices of items so I can buy them/stock up when they are on the greatest sale. It has been challenging and a little overwhelming here at the start!
I love the idea of meal planning, but I have been unsuccessful at all attempts previously made
About us: We are a family of four-me, my husband, and our kids ages 2 and 8. We have a small dog and an outside cat. I mostly shop at Kroger, but sometimes Meijer and I spend somewhere between $100-150/week. I would love to bring this number down quite a bit. Maybe to around $75 or less!
I’m not sure I can conquer this, but I’m giving it my full effort!
A Few Tips from Me:
- You are starting on the right foot! Don’t be discouraged. And try to be patient with yourself. It takes a little time to get into your groove!
- Find a meal planner that works for you. There are a few free planners available here. Or you could get something like this. You have to figure out what system works best for you and your family.
- Use Ziplist to keep track of recipes you want to try. It’ll make a grocery list for you too. And there’s an iPhone app!
- When you find an ingredient that’s on sale and you’re not sure what to do with it, do an ingredient search!
What advice do you have for Amanda that might help her in her meal planning and decreased grocery spending efforts?!?