I have a new found passion — grocery shopping.
I NEVER thought I would say this - but I actually look forward to it.
Now, let me paint the picture.
I am alone, without children, I might treat myself to a Starbucks, and I have an hour.
That is a vacation to me!
I have many memories growing up of traveling with my mom to the grocery store with her list and coupons. She knew the store inside and out, she brought her own paper bags, and she called the clerks by name. She still does. But I never imagined 2o years later, how proud I would feel doing the same.
David and I recently watched a tv show on Extreme Couponing. Yes, it was extreme, but it got my wheels turning and I thought if I could even save a little on groceries, it was better than what I was currently doing, which was nothing.
I know meal planning is important, but for me - planning what I am going to buy and spend before I go, keeps my eyes from wandering. I have been experimenting now for a month or so and I have been saving up to 40 dollars a week using coupons and weekly deals. But it’s my pace that continues to slow me down. I will be finished with shopping and have to go back because I missed something on my list. So it got me thinking…my cute little Grocery Pad wasn’t going to cut it anymore….
Here was my new plan:
1. I needed to combine my Weekly Schedule:
2. With the route I took in the grocery store:
Produce, Deli, Bakery, so on…
And the two became one….
I simply used Excel to make a table that gave me columns for each section I shopped in along with a column to tell me the price or how many to buy….
☛ I write a © if I have a coupon or a number, for example, 10 if it is part of a deal that I have to by 10 of them.
☛ I added other and meals at the bottom for anything I forgot or to help with my meal planning.
I know everyone has a different route they take through the store to shop, but this has worked for me and I’d be happy to tweak it for you!
Crazy or Creative?
I think a bit of both, but I’m saving money and that makes me happy.