When I first started researching how to save money grocery shopping, I heard a lot about meal planning. After reading up on it more and diving in over a year ago, I can see how it’s really cutting costs. It’s easy – if you want to learn how to save money grocery shopping, start planning meals. On Sunday or Monday, look through your local grocery ads. Circle what’s on sale that you can use for a meal during the week. Then sit down and create a meal plan based on what you find on sale. You might be able to easily see how meal planning will save you time, but how exactly will it save you money?
Start your own meal planning grocery list and stick it on the refrigerator. I keep the list of my weekly meals right in the front of the fridge (it also saves you from answering the question of “What’s for supper?” every night!) and then I keep all the recipes I need for the week in a binder in the kitchen. No digging through recipe books or trying to remember where I left that recipe, I always know right where it is.
When you’ve got so much else going on all the time, meal planning ensures that you won’t lose your sanity over trying to create healthy meals for your family. Plus, since you are planning them around the weekly sales, you will be saving money on your grocery budget.