February 10, 2010

Menu Planning

Want to know my number one money saving tip when it comes to groceries? And no, it's NOT coupons! [Although I love coupons and get almost all our toiletries free because of them.] The best way to save money on groceries is... menu planning!

I didn't use to feel that way. I wondered why everyone said making a menu saved them money. How can you save money if you make a menu and then go buy the needed items even if they aren't on sale? That wouldn't save you any money!

But I had it all backwards. To save money using a menu... DO NOT plan a menu and then go shopping for the needed ingredients. Shop, taking advantage of the deals and sales, then plan your menu around what you have in your pantry and freezer. That way you are getting the best deals and using what you have. Always keep an eye out for sales on the items you use most. When you see a good deal...STOCK UP!

Here are a few additional links to help with menu planning if you are interested:
Family Grocery Budget
Menu Planner
Money Saving Mom
The Simple Dollar
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