It had been nearly two weeks since I last stepped into a grocery store and it was time. The produce selection was getting a bit thin and the milk was due to expire. In the week leading up to shopping day I had gone through my pantry, the chest freezer in the garage and the refrigerator and freezer so I knew what I had on hand.
I opened up my weekly meal planner and got busy drafting meal ideas for the next few weeks and as I did that I also began to draft my shopping list. Filling in the gaps of items I was low on or out of as well as additional items we wanted or needed in the coming weeks.
|Printed out and ready to go!|
Next I checked out the ads for all the supermarkets in our area plus Cash & Carry. I don't have a membership for Costco because for me personally I don't see the value in the cost of the membership as I wouldn't shop there enough to make it pay. If I shopped there more often, then it would probably make more sense.
After checking out the ads I went to each of the store websites and downloaded coupons for the items on my list. I also checked out Coupons.com, but that didn't pan out for me this time. There were a ton of cereal coupons, but I wasn't buying cereal so I didn't need them. I also checked for laundry detergent coupons, but didn't come up with what I needed there either. Sometimes that is just how it goes. That is okay, because I don't need laundry detergent right now so I can be patient and wait.
|Had to buy eggs as the hens aren't laying much these days 😐|
At Winco I picked up all of the items on my list that were not on sale at the other stores. I passed on green onions because they were high there and I knew I could get a better price elsewhere, which I did.
|I really love their mushrooms, produce and dairy items.|
Their ground turkey is really good too and they have the best price on
bananas and avocados, handsdown!
|A year's supply of peanut butter, hopefully 😉|
|The tealights were my treat for being such a good shopper! 😏|
|This cheese will last us several months|
|Some of the produce overflowed into the bread bin|
As for the time we invested, I spent a good solid hour preparing for this shopping trip. We started shopping at 7:45 a.m. and pulled back into our driveway at 10:30. By the time we unloaded the car, brought everything inside, staged and photographed it for the blog, put it all away, packaged up the meats and cheese and put it in the refrigerator and cleaned up the kitchen it was exactly noon.
|Bags hanging on the front door ready to go back out to the car|
While it is definitely an investment of time as well as money I feel it is definitely well worth it. I'd much prefer to exert a little more effort in order to spend a lot less money. The less you spend, the more you can save. 😁