Evolution of a Grocery List

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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...]

My Top 10 Strategies for Keeping Order in My Life

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My life has changed a lot over the past six or seven years.  The changes have come hard and fast and sometimes it’s been difficult to modify my systems as quickly as the changes have come.  But during those times, there are least ten things I’ve done consistently that helped me stay on track regardless of what was going on. 1.       Use a planner.  Having a planner helps me stay organized and … [Read more...]

Do What Works, Not Necessarily What Makes Sense

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I’m going to the grocery store on Saturdays now.  Yes, I said Saturdays.  Even though I’m a full-time homemaker and could go during the week when there are fewer people, I’m going on Saturdays. Why would I do that, you ask?  It’s simple.  During the last six months I’ve tried every day of the week at least twice, and finally realized, despite the insanity of it, that Saturday works best for … [Read more...]

How Often Should You Grocery Shop?

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Obviously the answer is as often as you need to or want to.  It’s an individual decision based on your preferences and needs and there’s no right or wrong answer.  However, there are a few advantages and disadvantages to the different options. Daily Pros: You won’t waste as much food because you’ll only be buying what you need. You can buy what you’re craving. You’ll have fewer bags to … [Read more...]

How to Go OVER Budget at the Grocery Store

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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...]

When Buying BIG is a Bad Idea

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Buying big makes sense – sometimes.  But there are a few times when it doesn’t make sense.  For example: When it hurts the budget.  Maybe the super size is a better deal but if it causes you to go over budget, then it’s not a good idea.  I often go for a smaller size in order to make the budget work. When you don’t have room to store the larger container.  I’ve purchased the extra large … [Read more...]

10 Tips For a Successful Grocery Store Trip

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Grocery shopping isn’t my favorite thing.  It’s expensive and time consuming.  But it has to be done and here are 10 ways to make it easier, or at least more successful. 1.       Don’t shop hungry.  I can’t believe how much more I buy, or at least want to buy, when I shop hungry.  I wouldn’t have believed this tip was really true if I hadn’t experienced it personally. 2.       Shop alone … [Read more...]