Instead of planning my menus and then going shopping, I check the store ads. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts on sale? That'll make some meals this week. Grapes and bananas down in price? Chalk them up for fruit choices! Healthy eating can work fine in a budget.
I also watch for unadvertised specials, particularly in the produce aisle. Sometimes, sales don't meet expectations, and to avoid loss, management will provide drastic markdowns. Asparagus for $1.99 a pound? Gotta love it!
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Our sales start every Friday and the flyers come out the preceding Thursday. I spend Thursday evening scouring the flyers and planning menus based on what's on sale. Also, once I make my list, I stick to it!!203
Utilize the sales ad with coupons (many websites already figure it up for you) Then plan your menu based on the sales and what is already in the pantry. We usually know a week at the time what we will be eating. It helps with shopping, saves time in the evenings, and saves money!
Making a dinner menu for a month before grocery shopping helps me keep my food costs down. I scour the sale papers & try to plan menus that utilize food that is on sale. This way, we aren't wondering what to have for dinner every night - it's right there on the fridge.
Doing this is also helping us save money on going out. If we know what we're eating for dinner, we're less likely to want to go out to eat instead of cooking. I always try to build in a night a week where we eat leftovers to clean out the fridge of everything we haven't eaten for lunch.
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