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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Organizing your grocery shopping trip

     We all have a system for making out our grocery list. My has evolved and changed many times. I like to think that its an art that I'm perfecting! Well, I'm sure that its not perfect, but it has to be close! Here are the basics of grocery shopping genius! (I kid!!!) Let me add that I have tried several grocery shopping apps but not found anything that I really like and is easy to use. We are sticking with the old school method!

1)     Make out a grocery shopping template that is laid like the store you shop in. Mine follows the layout of the Rockford Meijer and in the order that I do my shopping. {From the back of the store to the front} I categorize my shopping into 11 headings {12 when I had baby items to shop for}. My headings are:
Miscellaneous, Dairy, Paper/Juice, Baking, Meals {this category includes two side by side isles of condiments, pasta, & canned veggies}, Bread/Cereal, Pop/Snacks, Meat, Frozen , Produce & HBA {health and beauty aides}. I have a template of this on my computer and each week I print it out and stick it on my bulletin board in my command center.



2)     Throughout the week as you notice items you are low on, add them onto your list in their correct category.


3)     On grocery shopping day, or the day before, determine what meals you will serve throughout the next week. Take stock of what you have on hand and add those items you are out of onto your list. Make out your weekly menu. To make this job a little easier I keep a master list on hand of all of the meals my family enjoys. This too is set up in categories {Beef, Chicken, Pork, Other}. You can make one of your own by first going through your recipe box {or pinterest recipe pins} and write down your favorite meals.


4)     Go to your favorite local websites that list deals for the week and will tell you what coupons you need to save the most money. {Check out my couponing post on how to maximize your grocery money} Now I add to my list items that I don't need now but they are on sale at a really good price and I know we will eat them before they go bad.



     All that's left to do is to go shopping!!! When you are organized and have a plan the task becomes more enjoyable. {Honestly, grocery shopping is one of my favorite things to do!, I know, call me crazy!}






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