Thursday, December 18, 2008

More about meal planning

I have been planning out our meals for about 2 years or so I would say..and what a piece of mind it has brought to my everyday routine!! It also has been amazing to me that just by taking about a half hour or so I can figure out what I am cooking for the next week, two weeks, or month, and then make up my shopping list up and be done. I used to grocery ONCE A MONTH!! It was a long list and would take be about 2 - 2 1/2 hours to do but then I was done for the month! I would buy about 2 weeks worth of fresh fruit like bananas, apples, and grapes. Then I would stock pile canned fruit to get us through the next two weeks until shopping time rolled around again. My husband is in the area at least once or twice a week where they have an Aunt Millie's bread outlet store and that is where we get all out bread, ham./hotdog buns, ect. On Monday's everything is .59 so he will get about 10 loaves at a time then we freeze what we don't need immediately and get it out as needed. Then since my hubby is in sales he is on the road everyday so if I need milk or maybe some ingredient I forgot on my list he can stop quick and get it for me :) I have to say the system works like a charm. Did I mention that we get paid once a month, so that system works out well for us..but like about anything you can make it fit your situation. If you get paid weekly and shop weekly then meal plan weekly, or every two weeks however it works best for you. But if you have the extra money on hand to shop monthly I would recommend trying it out for a month. I have loved the fact of how much time I save only shopping once a month.
I have to admit though, since June of this year I have been doing a little bit of new system, my husband has named it "COUPON CRAZINESS" or something like that. Since starting this new system, I shop weekly in order to take advantage of weekly specials then pile the coupons on top of that and I get lots of things free or nearly free. I won't go into all the details of that at this time, but my way of shopping has changed. I only wish I could combine the two so I could still shop once a month, but get all the crazy good deals at the same time.....but it doesn't work that way..BUMMER!!
Think about it, consider trying it if you are a person who hates to grocery shop and figure out what's for supper on a daily basis...this method might be a saving grace for your sanity.


Megan said...

I used to do the once a month thing too. I would make 1 trip to Aldis and then 1 trip to Walmart.

Now of course I have to go once a week for the deals!! I'm kinda torn...I like parts of both methods!

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