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Failure to plan, plan to fail.
This week while I was thinking about our grocery budget, I kept thinking about this phrase. I used it a ton when I was working out a few years ago. I would plan my meals, down to the point where I had a meal prep day and prepped a few meals for the week ahead. This week I sat down with my boys and made a meal plan for the week. My husband is traveling this week so I could simplify our meals drastically!
This is the plan:
- Grilled Ham and Cheese sandwiches, fruit and carrot sticks
- Rotisserie Chicken, potatoes, broccoli
- Meatballs and pasta, salad
- Frozen pizza (told you, life is simple when the man travels!)
- Burgers on the grill, potato packets, cucumbers, carrots, peppers
Simple. I recently read a blog post that said dinner doesn’t have to be a meat, 2 veggies and a starch. Dinner can be BLT’s and grilled cheese. With this thought process and having 2 boys under 10 helping me make dinner choices (no we can’t have donuts for dinner) I had a plan. I just had to make a list so my plan became a reality.
I made my list then quickly loaded my coupons to Ibotta and my Jewel card (our local grocery store). I also had a few paper coupons that I tucked in my wallet and I was off and spent a grand total of $121.57. This covered lunches for the week, breakfast, and dinner. Not bad, but I still think I can do better. I know that I shop at the more expensive grocery store in the area, but they have the best produce and to me that is worth the money. I am considering trying Aldi as I have heard they are switching to organic produce and that excites me.
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Also, I earned $2.00 on my Ibotta app. I would have earned more but I forgot the batteries and I didn’t go back for them. If you haven’t heard of Ibotta, it’s a coupon app. It has various coupons listed each week and I click on the items I have, scan their bar code and take a photo of my receipt. This week I earned $2.00. Some weeks I earn more, some less. I like this app because it stores my monies on the app and I can save it for when I need it. When I did this last year, my monies from Ibotta helped pay for my Apple Watch! You can click here for a referral to Ibotta, when you make your first purchase with Ibotta you will get $10!
I still haven’t gone back for the batteries because I know the more often you go to the store, the more you spend. So I’m trying to limit to once a week. Did you know you that you spend more money when you go to the store more than once? My goal is to be able to go to the store twice a month. But that means I have to be an ultra planner and I am just not there. Yet.
What grocery store do you frequent? Do you use coupons? How do you keep your grocery bill from being so high?
Stephanie has been blogging at Sticky Note Mom for 4 years. Before starting her blog she worked in the finance industry working on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade to working for major financial institutions with personal financial planning and the mortgage industry. Now she shares all she has learned about frugal living to help others learn how to stop spending and start saving more.