What do you do when the cupboard is bare? Go shopping! My pantry is now stocked and my freezer is full. Such a good feeling! After taking inventory and creating a list of meal options for the upcoming month my daughter and I enjoyed a day on the town together, stocking up for the month.
Our big shopping day looks something like this:
- Use The List. Years ago, as a school assignment, my oldest daughter created a master shopping list on the computer using a word processing program. We mentally walked through the stores where we shop. She typed in the items we usually purchase in the order we come to them, aisle by aisle. Each month now I print of a copy and check off items that need replenishing. It’s easy to compare the list to what’s on the pantry shelves, and even easier to pick up what I need when the order of items on the grocery shelves. Master Shopping List
- Check sales ads, coupons, seasonal items. While I have a general idea of the meals I’ll be preparing for the month, I stay flexible, keeping an eye out for good deals.
- Go for the bargains first. We have 2 bent-and-dent stores near us, a hometown grocery that runs sales each week and gives extra discounts with their club card, Aldi, and a large box-type supermarket. That’s the order we shop the stores. By the time we get to the last store, there are only a few items we need to pick up.
- When we arrive home, Mom and her helper put their feet and our home-side crew pitches in and unloads the vehicle and puts away the groceries. It’s a family affair. “If you don’t work, you don’t eat” is a proverb often heard around here.
Coming soon will be more about my Big Cooking Day. Other posts in my Freezer Cooking Series include: Menu Planning, Freezer Cooking – The Apron Strings Way. You’ll find some of the recipes I use HERE.
I’m also sharing a favorite lunch meal idea over at Marriage, Motherhood & Missions – just in case you are wondering what to feed your happy helpers today!
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