Like suggested, I keep a running grocery list. However, like others have posted before me, I too look at circulars, sales & coupons before heading to the store. I am in no way an extreme couponer, but I do try to save when I can. And having my Kroger card helps quite often. I've found a couple of coupon databases that can be very helpful. For those that are couponers or others who might want to give them a look, I'll include them in my post.
I have my lists when I go grocery shopping. Because at times, I shop at 3 different stores, it does take some organizing on my part. I have my lists and attached to those lists are the coupons I will be using. Since I am a moderate coffee drinker, I always take a cup of coffee with me when I go grocery shopping because most stores have a coffee shop in them as you walk in and sometimes it is hard to resist. I also make sure I have just eaten and I do take a protien bar with me too.
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"Life is short. Break the rules. Forgive quickly. Kiss slowly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that made you smile." "We must become the change we want to see in the world." - Gandhi
It's Friday! That means that I, too, am finishing up the weekly grocery shopping list. We don't coupon - except for non-food items (if we use them). I DO look at the circular, but sometimes there's not much in it that is on our 'Usual List'. So, creating the grocery shopping list could be depressing, but it's not.
We know what our staples are for each week, milk, bread, fruits, vegetables, chicken, fish, juice, etc. And the condiments, mayo, mustard, ketchup and all of that. So we keep those stocked so we don't run out during the week.
We shop once a month at Sam's Club, where we purchase the paper products for the month, and the meats for the month.
And, I use a home-made all-purpose cleaner and microfiber cloths for housecleaning, regular laundry detergent for the laundry (white vinegar for softener), and bleach for disinfecting.
Here's my recipe for an all-purpose cleaner: a spray bottle that will hold at least two and a half cups of liquid two cups of tap water 1/4 cup of white vinegar 1 tsp of Dawn dish detergent
This cleaner cleans everything from windows to walls! And, it's so inexpensive.
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I like to look at my store's weekly circular online and plan as many of my meals as possible around the healthy items that are on sale. I don't get the paper or any coupons and i don't have a printer to print coupons, so this helps. Plus lets me know when staples (like olive oil, whole grain pasta, frozen fruit/vegies, etc) are on sale so I can stock up :)
With planning the meals for the week, I verify what I already have on stock and only add what is missing to the list. If there is more money than usual in my weekly budget, then I stock up on the items I will be using up this week as well. In other words, if I'm making a Chinese meal with items on hand already, then I buy 1 of each ingredient so it's ready for the next time I crave Chinese food. I love to make it myself, plus add the egg rolls and crab rangoon from the freezer section! It's not too unhealthy and I know there's no MSG in my dinner!
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Tomorrow is shopping day and I have worked out a list of what I need not what I want.On a tight budget it means I have to look at the cost and quantity of what I am buying, that goes for all my shopping from food to cleaning products. I buy in things that are for a say 4 people and divide it up so I have two portions, that means I have two portions for another day. Large tubs of yogurt a big no in this house DH sees the tub and before I know it, it has all gone. I have tried putting it into containers so we have proper sized portions but it does not work out. He still ends up eating it so I get a yogurt as a Sunday dessert that way I can tell him that is for Sunday and he leaves it alone.
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