Set a strict grocery budget, and take a list to the store. Each time you get your item, cross it off, round up, and put that number next to that item. ($2.88= 3 on your list) . At the end, add it up. If you are over, reevaluate what you have and if anything can be put back. Don't count coupons either, just use them! At the end your total will probably be less than your budget, and you will have what you Need!
I've done this since my husband and I were eating hot dogs and mac n cheese for dinners. Now, I use the difference and money saved by coupons to put in a savings account for vacations. It becomes a challenge to see what I can save!
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Make a budget, menu plan, and grocery list and stick to it. #Note2Self
If SP's suggested meals don't work for you, there are several online tools or downloadable forms that you can use to help you plan healthier meals. If you're using a PC, you can also try Microsoft Works.
when shopping always take a list - whether its grocery shopping or clothing or whatever a list helps to eliminate those impulse buys that zap our budgets.
Taking a list keeps you to a scedule as well - keeping you on target of where in the store you need to be. Wondering around aimlessly leads to all kind of purchases that you have no intension of getting therefore spending money that is outside your budget. Make the list according to need not want!
Planning a menu a month in advance is a great way to keep your kitchen and grocery list organized. If you are on grocery budget, this is a great way to stay within that budget, since you already know what you will be eating through the month.
Don't forget that leftovers make great lunches at work the next day!
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