Updated 8/20 below in red!
I was preparing for my usual grocery run when I came across a great blog about money saving (and tons more) here and I thought I would use her format for grocery shopping/meal planning. It is well organized and neat! I also can share it with you guys each week if I do it this way. My only concern was it taking too long. It actually didn’t and I’m hoping it makes me stick to my list better since it’s more thought out and organized. So this is essentially an experiment. I blew our grocery budget already (yes my tips don’t always work for me either), so I’m curious to see how much this helps me at the store financially.
So I came up with my meal ideas and started typing them out. When I was doing this I thought “oh this will be great for all my teacher friends who are starting back this week. They can just print and go shop!” So hopefully this, not only gives you an idea of how you can plan, but gives you 5 meal ideas and a grocery list.
I don’t know how to link a Word document into my blog (well, I just don’t want to learn right now), so I just copy and pasted it below. It looks SO much better in a document. A few notes to add:
-Bolded items are what I already have at the house
-Prices in parenthesis are price matches since I’ll be shopping at Walmart tomorrow.
-The link to the recipe is below the menu item.
YAY! I LEANED HOW TO INSERT A DOCUMENT. Click here for the menu of meals and grocery list if you want to print the document.
coffee. These muffins are AWESOME and make 4 dozen. Click on the name to get the recipe.
ingredients. I drain and rinse
1 pound ground beef or turkey
1 chopped onion
2 cans pinto beans
2 cans Rotel
1 can Ranch Style beans
1 pkg Zatarains Black Beans and Rice
1 can black beans
1 can cream style corn
1 envelope ranch style dressing mix
1 envelope taco seasoning
Jiffy cornbread mix
macaroni for family size)
teaspoons olive oil
uncooked noodles (using leftover spirals)
¾ cup cheddar cheese
½ cup skim milk
2 egg whites
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 cup finely chopped cauliflower
1 16 oz. bag frozen peas
Buttermilk Pancakes and Eggs and Sausage Links
(pancakes for 4?…may half it, eggs/sausage for 2)
3 cups buttermilk
4 T. melted butter
6 eggs for scramble
sausage links in freezer
1 package cornbread stuffing
breast pounded out and cut in half
4 cups broccoli
4 T ranch
cup shredded cheese
2 prepared pizza crusts
4 cups mozz cheese
¼ cup of onion from taco soup recipe
Sweet Potatoes, Squash, Applesauce
Mangoes, Pears, Peas, Quinoa
Earth’s Best Organic Oatmeal (added)
Green Onion (added)
2 Sweet Potatoes (added)
Results: After going to the store, here are my thoughts:
The shopping experience was much faster, and I successfully managed with a 9 month old (during his nap time, I might add). My kid did great, but he’s pretty much awesome. Haha!
The trip total took me about 45 minutes, BUT that is including loading/unloading a child (and making sure all toys and puffs were in place before we entered) and a stupid transaction error on Walmart’s end. The key pad broke after everything was rung up, so I had to purchase the items at another register. Luckily, they didn’t have to rescan everything, but just had to scan my card at another one. It took an extra 5 minutes that I wouldn’t have otherwise used. So about 40 minutes from getting out of the car to pulling out of the parking lot!
I added a few items and took off my Vitamins since I saw I had enough for this week. The items I added/removed are in red above in the list. My TOTAL BILL was $59.14!
Granted, we’ve already gone over budget for groceries this month, I thought that was pretty good for a weekly trip. We didn’t have to get a lot of non-food items like paper towels, soap, etc… so this is probably one of our cheaper trips. I didn’t skimp out on the meals though and am excited to eat each one. I can’t stand when I get to a night of “eating what we have” so we can get rid of it!
The only bad thing about this grocery trip was I forgot ONE stupid thing – an onion. Really?! And it’s for tonight’s meal. Now I will say it was not on my list, but I forgot to copy it from my meals to my grocery list. So here lies one con to this system.
All in all, I WILL be doing this again so I can see how it affects the month’s budget and not just one week. I’ll keep you posted. Things I like about it:
- It’s neat
- I have all my recipes in one spot (they’re also written on my menu board in the kitchen)
- It makes the grocery trip much faster
- Oddly, I was able to resist the impulse buys more (not sure why, buy hey, I’ll take it)
- I will be able to go back and see previous meal ideas and what I need so it should make the preparing easier too
- I can easily find the cost of a meal by just adding up the ingredients since they’re already written down, which will help in the long run financially
- And for my insanely dorky side, it was actually fun!
So I hope you can use this for something, whether it’s recipes or to help with grocery shopping!