One of my favorite parts of the week is getting my weekly Harris Teeter (grocery store) circulator. It comes via email typically on Fridays, which is perfect for me because I go shopping on Sundays normally. Their website has a feature to mark things you want to purchase from the ad and then mail yourself the grocery list. It will then send the list to your email and I typically just carry around my iPhone at the store and get things. I’m mighty frugal at grocery stores and can feed myself 19-21 meals on about $30, including snacks of fruit. I created a template recently for the grocery store that I thought I would share with all of you: Grocery List. If you would like the .doc / .docx version of it shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment with your email and I would be happy to send it to you.
When I am filling this out I do it as I am browsing through the sales online. I typically end up writing down all the BOGO (buy one get one free aka 50% off) specials that pertain to something I would get. That way if two similar things are BOGO I will check them out at the store and decide which one I want. I rarely meal plan because I have found that when I get a recipe in my head I will buy things that I end up not knowing what to do with. So I build my list around what is on sale / what is affordable and typically some meal ideas will pop into my head. Here is my list for this weekend: Grocery List 11_4. I don’t have a bread / bakery section because I do not shop there but that can be easily changed using the .doc/x versions!
Based on the things I have on the list for BOGO meats I decided to get celery, carrots, and onions so I can do either a big roast or a stew / soup. I always get greens because I like being able to have salads through out the week and since I make my own dressing it’s nothing I need to play ahead for. The pork loin would be perfect to cook and shred for lunch salads too. The eggs that I get depend on the sale of the week. The ones I have listed here are $1.79 each and a limit of 2 so there you go! Sometimes other brands are on sale for $.99 so when that happens you can bet that’s what I buy.
It is totally possible to shop on a budget so when you do splurge and get something awesome at the store there is zero guilt because you keep your budget on a weekly basis at something that is manageable for you.