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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?