I was recently talking with a friend about trying to save on groceries without sacrificing lots of time, and that is a difficult balance. Personally I put in quite a bit of time looking up store match-ups, locating or printing coupons, and finally scheduling a time where the baby & I go shopping -- but, in a strange way, I enjoy that. Now, I'm no star in the world of couponing; I've seen posts of women saving close to 90% while I'm at 50% (which, I actually am very proud of)! I think the key is to know what you'll end up using, and when you see a good sale and/or matchup, make the purchase. I've also frozen more meat, and that makes our dinners slightly more convenient.
Here's a brief menu plan based on what's on sale locally, and you can:
1. stop reading
2. make sarcastic remarks about my choices
3. applaud my choices
4. take whatever works for you!
(I like the 4th choice.)
Monday and tonight are pork chop nights. I managed to get some pork chops on sale at Marsh (and at Cub previously) for $.99/lb. I freeze the extras for weeks like this!
We're having veggie sides from our garden with corn that's on sale at Meijer (& Cub this week).
Last night we had Wan Chai Ferry dinner kit made with frozen chicken I got on sale last week and green beans from Meijer ($.77/lb).
Tomorrow we're having Hillshire Chicken Sausage Links with peppers. (The sausage was on sale last week at Meijer and this week at Kroger. I got reduced pepper at Meijer -- $.74/4 -- and they weren't that bad! We're also hoping to have more peppers from our garden, if our groundhog allows...)
Friday we're having hamburgers with a side of corn. (I made patties & froze them, when ground beef was on sale.)
(And I don't know what we're having Saturday or Sunday yet!)