I don't think kids, teenagers, or maybe even some husbands (certainly not mine) understand all the work it takes to bringing meal into the home, food doesn't just magically pop into the house you know. But there is more to it than hopping in the car and taking a drive down to the grocery store and strolling through the aisles of carefully stocked foods and throwing whatever looks pleasing to your eye into the cart. You have to decide how much money you have to work with. What you can splurge on and what needs to be put back. How many meals do you plan on making through the week and not only dinners, but lunches, breakfasts, and snacks; plus toiletries.
Sounds like a lot of work? It is...and that's not all of it either. Every Saturday or Sunday I get a Sunday paper and I go through all the ad's. I shop at Fred Meyers for mostly everything. I get Chicken Breasts and a few others things at Cosco and I get a few more items at Target. I go through the Fred Meyer ad and start clipping any coupons that I think I will use. The I go through all the manufacture coupons...and then finally the Target ad and such. As soon as I get back from the grocery store...I immediately start working on the grocery list for the following week. If there was something we needed but didn't have the money for that time around. Or something we thought of for the next time, etc. The point is...I'm never done with my grocery list making. I have to keep tabs on everything I have, everything I'm out of, and everything I'm almost out of. Plus come up with meals that will feed my family and something that my kids will eat as well.
I learned a lot from her that day. But it wasn't until I was married that I was able to put all that information to use. And I have to say...the first year of marriage...it didn't go to well. I've mentioned I was pregnant and working two job. Josh also was working and going to school full time, plus my pregnancy was constantly making me sick. Budgets, and list makings were not my #1 priority that first year. But as that second year went on, I learned more and more and now 6 1/2 years into my marriage...I would like to say that I have grocery list making and shopping down to a T. In fact...it is a fine art of mine now :) One that my husband and I don't always enjoy doing, but we do it together and I would say 9/10 times we end up having a fun time together...it helps when you flirt with each other in the empty aisles too.
For the past few days, I've been working on this weeks grocery list and dinner menu. Tomorrow is pay day we'll be heading to the store. I've got my list ready,( in fact it's a big list this week and there are some items on it we probably won't buy, but it's best to be thorough and I have my coupons clipped...23 coupons to be exact...not including the cat food coupon I have yet to grab out of my coupon organizer...I want to look at the sales first for that one. I will give you a sneak peek at this weeks grocery list and load of coupons I have in possession.
Here is the low-down on how to understand to my list. I like to put the items I need to buy in order of where they are in the store (something else my mom taught me). I then go through all my coupons, starting with the coupons that expire the earliest and I jot down in the margin of the paper how much the coupon is worth. This method saves time, tells me the information I need, and saves me from confusion in the store.
Thanks to my Mommy, I am a super saving shopper. When Grace is old enough, I plan on teaching her all this same information with her. And then I'll do it again with Eden...and if I have more girls I'll do it with them and when they're Wives or Mommies, they'll pass on the golden information and it will all of started with my mom. How cool is that? Happy Shopping!