The Menu Plan — Part One

Remember my post in June called Save Money Each Month — Groceries? I promised to post some ideas about creating a menu plan to lower your monthly shopping bill.

A quick reminder, in that particular post I mentioned:

  1. Shop less often.
  2. Don’t buy prepared food packages.
  3. Cut down on meat.
  4. Do your math in store (bulk packages aren’t always cheaper; bring a calculator along)
  5. Pay cash (it’s tempting to buy extras because you can charge your card)
  6. Know how much you will spend before going to the store.
  7. Create a menu plan.

The advantages of a menu plan are:

  • Avoid the stress of not knowing what to cook that (or the following) day/s.
  • Shop accordingly and have all items at hand — no extra runs to the store.
  • Know almost exactly what you will spend on groceries each day, week, month.

Before I can assist you in creating the plan you will need to know/find out a few things, please. I will post The Menu Plan — Part Two on September 1st when you can fill in the details and create your very own menu plan.

Note:

  • Likes and dislikes of food (include your family members, of course 😉 )
  • In the next couple of weeks, find out: Which meats/vegetables/fruits, etc. are cheap/er than others? For example, which meat is cheaper: beef, chicken, fish, lamb, turkey? Which vegetable? Which is cheaper: pasta, potatoes, rice?
  • Is there a store close-by that offers fresh diary, meat, vegetables and fruit products?
  • Do stores in your area offer “boxes” like a (weekly) veggie and fruit box for delivery/shipping to your door? If so, how much are they?
  • While online check and compare prices for bulk and special products to prices at your local supermarkets.

 

About Carmen W.

I'm a helpmate, homemaker, mom, and writer, who was born and raised in Germany but is now living in Ireland. I love to study, read and write about the Christian faith, homemaking, home education, music, and dog training.
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3 Responses to The Menu Plan — Part One

  1. andy1076 says:

    The credit card one is a really good one to tackle, I actually found myself saving a ton more when I pay cash and it has helped remind to ask myself if I actually need it or not 🙂

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