Well, we are into week 2 of the new year and so far, I'm sticking to my resolutions better than I expected. How is everyone else doing???? I'm working very hard at getting my menu and shopping lists organized so I can make ONE and ONLY ONE trip to the grocery store each week. That sounds deceiving because I actually go to at least 3 different stores in order to get the savings, but hopefully it is all in one day.
I absolutely love Aldi's. I save so much money there and 95% of the items taste as good as the brand names. However, I always have to go to another store because I don't buy meat at Aldi's and there are a few other items I can't get there. I usually go to Walmart and I hate to say it, but I really hate that store. I have a huge list of reasons, but we won't go there. I save money there - it is an "everything" store, so I hide my feelings and shop. The other stores I frequent are the Super Value in Spencer and Festival Foods in Marshfield. I usually hit these because they have the best meats and they usually have some pretty good weekly deals.
In the past, I have found that making a menu each and every week not only helps me shop and save money, but it makes me feel so much more organized. I know each morning what I plan to cook that evening and I can make the preparations accordingly and not worry about it all day long. I enjoy cooking so much more too, and it helps me stick better to my Weight Watcher's plan. I think it all has to do with my Type A personality - lists, organization. . . .
Anyway, I am trying 3 new recipes this week - 2 that I found on-line and one from the Pioneer Woman's cookbook. I will definitely be blogging about these, Lord willing. I know you are all on the edge of your seats!
Last week I spent $112.31 for groceries and we ate very well. My pantry is pretty well stocked for the most part, and our freezer is full of venison burger, so that helps a lot too. I hope to spend less this week, but I doubt that I will - there are some good meat sales and I plan to stock up. I hit some coupon sites each week too and that really helps, especially with frozen vegetables and cereals. Click here if you're interested.
I would love to hear how some of you save on groceries and how you plan your meals. I really get in a rut after awhile, so I find it helps when I hear what other women do and some of their menus.
Have a great Friday!
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