Menu Planning Tutorial Part 6: Your Grocery List

Your Grocery List

grocery listToday we are going to talk about how to create your grocery list. Start planning your meals according to that is on sale at the grocery store each week. You would look through the store’s circular, or “weekly ad,” which can usually be found in the local Sunday paper as well as on the grocery store’s website.

If the store is running a sale on whole chickens, you may want to buy several and plan on having roasted chicken, chicken stir-fry and a chicken casserole that week. If ground beef was on sale, you may want to plan for meals such as meatloaf, spaghetti, tacos, and chili.

Once you have decided on the meals you would like to make, write out the ingredients you need to make those meals. If some of your meals need the same ingredients, write-out a tally, such as 6 pounds of hamburger.

Next, go through the items you already have on hand and cross those off the list. As you are looking through your cupboards, take a moment to add any staples to your list that you are running out of, such as flour or sugar. Now that you know exactly what you need from the store, you’re ready to go shopping.

Stay tuned – you’re not done yet. Tomorrow we’ll talk storage.

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  1. Drae…I have that same problem! So, now if I don’t use the whole jar, I pour it into a freezer bag, label and date it and throw it in the freezer for the next time I need sauce. Then I can warm it up in a pan or the microwave if I’m pinched for time.

  2. Thanks for the tips and I’m sure I’ll make these ways to plan my meals effectively. :)

  3. These are great tips. I shop online so its much more convenient to select and pick the ingredients. But next time I go to the grocery, these will be very handy :)

  4. Great tips as I am a terrible grocery shopper.I have been trying to to enjoy an get better at it.I hate it :)

  5. Shopping is my worst nightmare. These are some great tips that I will put to use. Like most other I’m interested in saving money and making life easier.
    Hope this helps also, Save your money living green tip.

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