Grocery IQ App: A New Way to Make a Grocery List

I’ve joined the electronic planning bandwagon – at least as far as my grocery list.  My daughter told me about this great app called Grocery IQ and I decided to try it.  I was sure I would hate it and that my first grocery store trip using it would be a disaster but it worked perfectly and I didn’t have any trouble at all. In case you’re wondering why I decided to mess with perfection (my old … [Read more...]

Evolution of a Grocery List

I’m not sure about everyone else, but when it’s time to make a grocery list, I have a hard time remembering what I need.  Usually what happens is that I make a list and then get to the store and realize I forgot to put a bunch of stuff on the list or I didn’t check to see if I needed certain items.  Or I get home and realize I forgot some items I really need. To make my grocery list more … [Read more...]

No Time to Menu Plan But You Still Have to Buy Food?

Have you ever had one of those weeks where no matter how hard you tried, you just couldn’t find the time to make a grocery list and menu but you still had to go to the grocery store?  I have those weeks occasionally.  In fact, I had one of those weeks this week.  When it happens, I go to the store anyway and do the best I can.  I have three different approaches I choose from: 1.       Partial … [Read more...]

What’s For Dinner (No. 127)

I normally cook between three to five meals a week but lately I’ve been cooking meals that don’t stretch as far or that David’s been taking in his lunch the next day.  So this week I have SIX meals on the menu.  Oh, and they’re pretty much gluten free. And just for kicks, at the end of this post, I’m including photos of my actual menu and my grocery list. 1- Foil-Packet Chicken Puttanesca … [Read more...]

How to Go OVER Budget at the Grocery Store

I spend a lot of money at the grocery store.  That’s because: We eat nearly all of our meals at home. My husband always takes his lunch and several snacks to work every day. My husband likes to eat and eat well. I feed other people frequently. My grocery budget includes household items like cleaners, pet food (for one large dog and a cat), diapers for the grandkids, makeup, etc. I … [Read more...]

How To Whittle Down a Grocery List That’s Too Expensive

So you made your grocery list.  You added it up.  And it was $50 more than you budgeted.  Uh oh.  What now?!  When that happens to me, as it does frequently, here’s what I do to get it where it needs to be: 1.       Look for items you can put off until another week.  I had several items on my list this week that were getting low but weren’t out yet.  So I skipped them for a savings of … [Read more...]

My Weekly Grocery Shopping Routine

My grocery shopping process actually starts when I get home from the store and after I’ve put everything away.  I get out a new grocery list form (Franklin Covey Menu Planner or sometimes my own form - see download below) and put it on the refrigerator.  I immediately go ahead and start filling it out.  I include things like:           Items I buy every week           Items I know I’ll need … [Read more...]