This week, I’d like to challenge you to do something different. Even if you think you’ve found a method that works perfectly for you, why not try something new? If it doesn’t work, you’ll at least know for sure. And if it does, you could be pleasantly surprised.
I’ll leave it up to you to find out what you change, but here are some ideas:
- If you’ve never used Coupon Mom, The Grocery Game, or My Grocery Deals, why not give them a shot to see how they work? All but the Grocery Game are free, and the Grocery Game offers a free trial period. Even if you don’t use coupons, check out those deals. You might be inspired to start couponing for some products.
- If you only shop at one grocery (and that’s the way it’s always been) how about you try out a new store or two this week? It might take you a little longer to find your items initially, but you might find that prices are lower for some items at some stores. And if not? Then, at least you’ll know you’re getting the best deal at your regular stores.
- If you’ve never tried a store such as Aldi, give it a go!
- If you’ve been itching to visit a day-old bread store, local butcher, ethnic grocery, or other local food mart, visit it this week.
- If you don’t typically use drugstore deals to supplement your grocery shopping, how about you try to implement that this week? If you have some Extra Care Bucks, but are well-stocked on all toiletries, consider using some to buy milk or cereal or items like that. Or, if you have some extra money on a Walgreens gift card, you could use that.
- If you typically use a "stock the pantry" approach, why not modify that slightly and also shop for a specific menu in mind?
- Or, if you typically plan for the week, why not also try to slowly stock your pantry if there’s room in your budget?
- What else can you think of?
Even if you prefer "flying by the seat of your pants" when it comes to what you’ll eat for dinner each night (I’m looking at you, A! :) ) this week, try a menu plan, just for fun. You don’t have to plan what you’ll eat on certain days, (for example, if you plan something, it doesn’t have to be on Wednesday, you could just say, these are five meals that I will eat this week).
Plan your menu according to what you already have on hand, what’s on sale at the stores this week, and what sounds good.
If you make a good-faith effort to plan your menu and stick to it, and it doesn’t work, no worries. At least you tried. And, you could find that it really does save you time and money (because it typically does).
If you don’t know exact prices, estimate to the nearest dime if you can. Estimate the cost of each ingredient used, and add it up. Hang on to your grocery receipts, so you can better calculate menu prices in coming weeks, if you’d like.
You might be surprised to find out how much (or how little) a particular dinner costs.
This can help you save money, because you might be more inclined to make the cheaper meals in the future, or eat them in weeks that you have more expensive dinners.
So, to recap, I’m challenging us all to:
- Try something new in our grocery shopping methods
- Plan our menu for the week
- Calculate the cost of our dinners
Wanna join in? Please post a link to your POST (not your homepage…cuz I’ll delete that and you’ll have to try again). I’d certainly appreciate a link back!