Grocery shopping. Not my favorite task but one does have to eat.
There are a few rules to shop by:
- Decide on a budget for how much to spend.
- Make a shopping list.
- Go shopping once a week.
- Make a menu for the week.
So first, the budget. Everyone’s budget varies, so there is really no advice I can give here except to be reasonable. It is rather impossible to make a list or to shop without knowing your limit.
Now onto making your list. I start by looking at my local sales flyers online from the stores I frequent. I buy according to what is on sale and make a meal out of it. You can base your meal around three things…meat, vegetable and a starch.
For example: Fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and green beans.
I try to keep my dinners very inexpensive but healthy. Buying your own food and preparing it is the cheapest way to feed yourself.
Next up the shopping. Going to the store more than once a week will mean disaster for your pocketbook. You will blow your budget and you will buy things you don’t necessarily need. I would advise you also to go alone. Children shopping with you will cause distractions and possibly cause you to purchase things not on your list. Never go shopping while you are hungry. Stuff will find it’s way into your cart if you shop while hungry. You might even take a bottle of water with you into the store to keep from buying something to drink from the checkout counter. All of that stuff is there to entice you to spend more money and it is very overpriced. Try to stay on the perimeter of the store. That is where the produce, meat and dairy is. The baking aisle and freezer section are the exception.
Making a menu should be pretty easy now. I usually make list of the meals I can make from what was purchased. I will determine what gets prepared for dinner based on what’s going on that day. My menu usually looks something like this:
- Sunday- To be decided
- Monday- To be decided
- Tuesday- To be decided
- Wednesday- To be decided
- Thursday- Brinner (Breakfast for dinner)
- Saturday- Sandwiches (this is my shopping day)
To help with list making, keep a pad of paper in the kitchen for making a note when something runs out or download a shopping app onto your phone. Which ever is easiest for you.