Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Like many previous posters, we also keep a list on the fridge of things as they run out. This way, I'm never at the store thinking "Do we have enough yogurt?" We try to write things on there when they are CLOSE to being out, or if there is only one left in the pantry, so that way it gives us time to watch for sales. If we already have an overload of something that will go bad if we don't use it fast enough, fresh broccoli for example, we make a note on the list DO NOT BUY ANYMORE BROCCOLI! :) Seems silly, but it helps us not waste food.
I make my meal plans by scanning through the grocery ad. Except for apples and bananas, I only buy produce that is on sale during a particular week.
I try not to buy packaged products unless they are on sale AND I have a coupon (unless it is an emergency). I do always check the price of the store brand items. Sometimes they are still cheaper. I stock up whenever possible on things like pasta, rice, chicken broth, pasta sauce, etc. Anytime boneless, skinless chicken breasts are BOGO, I buy two and freeze one. It is SO expensive to buy it when it's not on sale.
Packing lunch saves a ton of money. I used to buy at work every day. Not only was this unhealthy, but I spent a fortune. Now, after dinner, I pack up a serving of whatever we had, and stick it in the fridge for next day's lunch.