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Challenge Blog: Meal Planning

Thursday, August 30, 2012

For a challenge I'm in, I had to read the article linked below and then blog about one of the tips I have used to help with Meal Planning.

The first tip in this article is about having an ongoing list for the groceries you need. This is something that I started a while ago. We have a piece of paper in the kitchen "miscellaneous" drawer that we use to write down everything that we use the last of as soon as it is used. I don't try to put the items in any order, just list each thing as we use it up so that we're sure to replace it on the next shopping trip.

I actually keep 2 lists. One is for the regular grocery shopping and the 2nd one is for items we buy at Sam's Club. I check both lists before shopping at either place; but, we've gotten pretty good at listing things on the 'right' document. These lists definitely help speed up my shopping prep time and ensure I know what we need from each store.

We've made such a practice of this, that our grandson has gotten into the habit of adding to the list when he stays with us. Looks like we have another list-making generation in the making.

Thanks for the challenge, Diane!
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  • K1TT3N
    We keep lists also, and break them up into Sam's club, walmart and bottom dollar
    1841 days ago
    1852 days ago
    Hey Merle.

    I started using an app for my iPod (don't have an iPhone or smartphone) called Grocery IQ. It remembers everything I ever bought so it makes making a new list super simple. I have my lists sorted by grocery, Sams, and School supplies. Then I just print my "ever bought" lists (which are sorted by store department) and the fam just has to circle what we need.

    It was ZERO work at the beginning which I loved.

    I used to just keep lists but this has really helped because when I glance over it I think, oh, yes, we need eggs even if no one has "listed" it. Make sense?
    1868 days ago
    That was a great article with some excellent tips for making meal planning easier.
    And I love lists - I have them everywhere and use them for everything. My family thinks this is quite funny, but it works for me. And I seldom forget to buy, do, or pack anything, which is more than I can say for them!
    1873 days ago
    Thanks for the reminder to actually do the challenge....'cuz I think we just might be in the same challenge team!

    Anyway, good tips....gave me a hint about what I should (dare I say it?) blog about!...I really don't like blogging that much....

    Have a great week, Merle

    1873 days ago
    We do this as well. Love the ongoing list. Keeps me on top of it all!!
    Thanks for sharing! emoticon
    1873 days ago
  • JENNY888
    Great idea.
    1874 days ago
  • K1TT3N
    We go to three stores ... Sam's Club 1st , then Bottom Dollar ( fruit and fresh veggies are always cheaper there ) and then Super walmart
    1874 days ago
    That is a very cool system! You're always stocked up...or soon to be with your next trip to the store! Thanks for sharing! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the inspiration! Spark on! emoticon emoticon
    1874 days ago
    Awesome we do that also, saves so much time
    1874 days ago
  • DMF2012
    Great idea - we also keep an ongoing list where we write down what we're out of as soon as we run out.
    1874 days ago
    That's a great way to stay organized. I think I have to train my DH to add it to the list when he uses up something!
    1874 days ago
    emoticon ! Love this! Great idea to keep an on going grocery list. I have a strong dislike for grocery shopping and everything it entails.

    1874 days ago
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