In case you missed last week’s article, you might want to read it first. If you did read last week’s article but forgot what my assignments were, here they are:
- Organize & inventory freezer and pantry.
- Find salad dressing recipes.
- Make all purpose cleaner, window cleaner, laundry soap & dishwasher soap.
- Try Aldi’s next week.
- Make a menu from what I have on hand so I can stock up on sale items (Elizabeth’s number one way to save money on groceries is stockpiling.)
Wow! This grocery makeover stuff is a lot harder than I expected it to be. When I wrote last week’s article and made my to-do list for the week, I thought it would be a piece of cake. Boy was I wrong! I knew I was dealing with some physical changes but I had no idea there would be emotional changes, too. And those were the hardest!
I mentioned before that Wednesday is my grocery store day. I always have high hopes of getting my menu and shopping list done prior to Wednesday but it rarely happens. Usually on Wednesday I’m scrambling to get a menu and list put together right before I go to the store. But with this new method of shopping, last minute list making is not a good idea!
So I woke up Wednesday morning completely stressed out. I mean STRESSED OUT! I hadn’t made my list. I hadn’t made a menu. I didn’t get the grocery flyers in the mail so I didn’t know what was on sale (I hate looking at the ads on-line). I didn’t want to go to Aldi’s. I didn’t want to make a menu using what was in the freezer especially since I hadn’t done my freezer inventory so I didn’t even know what was in there. All I wanted was to make my list like I always had and just go to the store and spend what I needed to.
I ended up throwing a list and menu together and going to the store later in the day. I’ll confess right now that I did not make a menu based on what was in the freezer. I did not stockpile anything. I did not go to Aldi’s. However, I did go to Wal-mart and spent $140 instead of the usual $175 to $225. But I blew it today when I stopped in at Apple Market to pick up a few things ($40) to get us through the week because I didn’t buy enough at Wal-mart. Have I mentioned that this is harder than I thought?
So here’s the update on last week’s to-do list:
- Organize & inventory freezer and pantry. NO
- Find salad dressing recipes. I did find two but I haven’t tried them yet since we still have salad dressing in the refrigerator.
- Make all purpose cleaner, window cleaner, laundry soap & dishwasher soap. Done. I haven’t used the dishwasher soap or laundry soap yet but they’re ready to go. I’m not extremely thrilled with the all-purpose cleaner and window cleaner but I’ll give them a little more time.
- Try Aldi’s. NO. Did go to Wal-mart though. I usually just go to Hy-Vee but I didn’t go to Hy-Vee at all – just Wal-mart.
- Make a menu from what I have on hand so I can stock up on sale items (Elizabeth’s number one way to save money on groceries is stockpiling.) NO.
So last week’s result were not spectacular or even good. But I’m not giving up. It’s a new week and I’m going to keep trying – but I’m going to make a smaller to-do list – and maybe a little easier, too, so I don’t give myself a panic attack.
Here’s the to-do list for this week:
- Organize & inventory freezer (the pantry is fine – I did work on that a little bit last week).
- Make a menu from what’s in the freezer and pantry (as much as I can – I don’t have a lot of reserve right now).
- Switch my grocery store day to Friday instead of Wednesday. It will be easier to plan since I’ll get the ads on Tuesday or Wednesday and will have until Friday to make my list. Plus the sales are generally better on Friday. Elizabeth suggested this change to me this morning.
Wish me luck and feel free to share your suggestions and experiences with grocery shopping in the comments section below. Oh, and if you haven’t liked me on Facebook yet, you might want to do that. Besides daily articles on the blog, I also post a daily tip on the Homemakersdaily Facebook page.