Which type of grocery shopper are you?
- I visit the grocery store frequently, getting only what I need for the day.
- I plan ahead and get everything I need for the week.
- I don’t grocery shop.
I definitely fall into the first category, visiting my local grocery anywhere from 4 to 8 times a week (good thing it’s right around the corner). It’s funny; I tell myself I go to the grocery store so often because I’m busy, but if I planned my meals and got everything at once I wouldn’t be as busy! So I’m giving it a try. This weekend I took the time to plan my meals for the week. Here’s what I did…
- First I found 5 easy recipes: I picked 3 ground beef recipes and 2 chicken recipes. I figured sticking to two different types of meat a week would allow for variety while letting me buy in bulk. I also tried to pick recipes that shared similar ingredients.
Monday: Amish Country Casserole
Tuesday: Nice Crust Chicken
Wednesday: Fifties Style Salisbury Steak
Thursday: Frontier Chicken Casserole
Friday: Beefy Taco Bake
- Then I color coded ingredients: I listed all the ingredients for each recipe and color coded the ingredients into 6 categories: Produce, Meat, Dairy, Spices & Condiments, Canned Goods, and Starches. Here’s an example:
- Finally I created a shopping list: I made a neat list of all the ingredients needed for the week organized by category. I added the amounts of same ingredients together so it’d be easier to buy in bulk.
This entire process took me less than a hour! Before I went to the store I looked through my pantry and fridge to see if I could check anything off. I already had most of the spices and condiments, and I even had a can of tomato soup. When I got to the store, I was in-and-out in no time. It was great knowing I wouldn’t have to come back for another 5 days. All I could think about was the extra yoga classes I could fit into my schedule! I’m already thinking about what meals to make next week: Baked Crispy Chicken and Zippy Meat Loaf are topping the list!
If you like this week’s meal plan, then click on the shopping list and print it out!
How do you plan your shopping list?