Thrifty Thursday - Grocery Shopping

The Grocery Store – Part 2


This is part 2 of 2 of Thrifty Thursday's Meal Planning and Grocery Shopping. If you missed part 1, you can click here and catch up on how to plan a menu and prepare your grocery list.

If you have already read part 1, then you have probably created your menu for the week, prepared your grocery list, and should be finding yourself on the way to the grocery store! YAY! 

Read the rest of this post before you go in… and, if you need to, save this to your favorites so you can easily come back and read it again next week before you shop.

So... put yourself in this setting as you read through this next paragraph. It's helpful to remember and think about the exact feelings you have when you're checking out with that overloaded grocery cart...

Most people cringe when they get up to the register, dreading the total amount that is going to pop up after scanning that huge cart-full of necessary AND UNnecessary items. 
I used to cringe and dread the total amount due, and I remember that feeling. 
I remember that feeling very well, actually.
It was stressful and not fun at all. I always thought “what could I have left off” or 
“wait, why did I even get this or that?” but, 
it was too late. It was already in the bag ready to be loaded into my cart.
And then came the bad part of swiping my card and signing my name to that bill.
(Note: I really don’t like spending money and even $10 over my allowance can make me cringe.)

Going to the grocery store can and should be a very fulfilling and rewarding experience. I have a totally different view about it now that I have my “ducks in a row”. There are 2 really simple things to remember here. 

1) Breakfast, lunch, and dinner all have to be cooked. 
2) There has to be food in the house to cook with.

So, I just make the purchasing process fun and rewarding.

Here's my plan of action: 

1.) Look over your list before going into the store. This helps to jog your memory on the items you need to purchase. 
2.) Only go down the specific aisles, that your items are on, until everything on your list is inside your cart. 

I have already created an easy menu planner and grocery list for you. Click here to print your copy.

3.) Go to the register with confidence, having an idea of how much you’re going to spend, and knowing that all the items in your cart are needed and have been budgeted for. 

4.) When you see the total come up, give yourself a pat on the back for doing a job well done! It’s really not hard at all. Remember, you make a list for a reason so, stick to it and follow it. It will definitely make your shopping "spree" both fulfilling and rewarding. 

I love it when I spend $0.01 less than what I budgeted for. It makes me happy! Don’t beat yourself up though if you go $1 or $2 over, because you will get discouraged and think your goals are not attainable. 

As Dave Ramsey would tell you, it may take a couple months to figure out how much you should put in your budget for groceries, entertainment, gas, etc. But, once you find that magic number, stick to it and you won't go wrong.

Try this method out and let me know how it works for you! I am anxious to hear all the good reports!

Until next time,

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