|When time is of the essence, I try to get as much in from the van as possible each trip, I can definitely relate to this :)|
Plan, Plan, Plan
Before I ever leave for the grocery store I have a grand master plan and this is what works for me.
- Look at the sale flyers for the three major grocery stores in my tiny town
- Compare prices on basics I know the price of from my store of choice to see if I can get a better deal from another place
- Write down great sale items
- Check specific deal blogs that show deals matched with coupons to make it an even better deal http://www.frugallivingnw.com/ is one of the sites that I use to find out the best deals at Fred Meyer
- Write down the basic specific items we are out of that I want even if I don't know they are on sale.
- Organize my list by type (dried goods, produce, meat, dairy) that way I don't wander all over the store looking for things.
- Go through my list and estimate the prices so I have an idea of how much of my budget I will be spending and I also leave a little wiggle room for clearance and forgotten items.
- On my list I also have a column that reminds me what items I have a coupon for and what type of coupon it is (such as an e-coupon or a manufacturers coupon)
|Fred Meyer||Super One|
|Price||Grocery Item||Coupons||Price||Grocery Item|
|$3.00||Lunch Meat||$4.50||Blueberries x 3|
|$1.50||Pop Corn||$3.00||Raspberries x 2|
|$2.00||Canned Tomatoes/Beans x 4||in-ad||$1.50||Black Berries|
|$4.00||Rtiz and Wheat Thins|
|$3.00||Gold Fish Crackers x 2|
|$3.00||Lunchables w/ fruit||mc|
The above is a sample of my grocery list from last week. I don't normally type it out but thought it might help keep things organized. In theory it was a cool idea but it took me way too long between breaking up wrestling matches and nursing a tiny baby. Apparently we were running low on snacky things at this point in time.