Steps to Super Grocery Store Savings
What you are about to do to
achieve your real-life grocery savings will be unlike
any plan you have ever taken on. I am going to give you nine
critical pieces - I call them steps to altering your
thinking, inside and out, in a way that will make, attain, and
keep lasting grocery store savings.
Yes, you may have to spend
more time on some steps than on others, but only by fully
mastering all eleven steps will you be able to do this right,
this time, beginning now.
Step #1: The Correct
article: The Correct
To overcome your grocery store
savings challenges, first you have to know exactly where you are
starting. It is to understand yourself. What is it about
yourself and your grocery store savings problems that you've
come to believe? This understanding, which relates to your
savings, and indeed to your entire life, is vitally important.
If you believe it and if it's real to you, then it's for
your reality that you live every day.
If you believe with conviction
that you will fail and never, ever, be able to manage your
kitchen budget, then failure is what understanding yourself
dictates. It shows up as a heavy load of disgust, shame, guilt,
hurt, self-hatred, and other self-critical voices that do
nothing but drag you down.
Step # 2
Mastery Over the Kitchen Inventory
article: Mastery Over the
One of the most important
grocery savings confidence builders is knowing what is in the
pantry, freezer, spice rack and other places you keep cooking
ingredients before we make out our shopping list. You have a
couple of questions you begin to ask yourself before beginning
The inventory gives you
direction and defines discipline. Knowing your plan and keeping
it prominent is your mind gives you direction to your shopping
plan. I define discipline and commitment as putting your
shopping plan first. You do what your plan says you should
do rather than what you feel like doing. Committed shoppers are
driven by their purpose and not by how they happen to feel on a
Step # 3: Developing
Your Menu Plan
article: Developing Your
A menu is a list of dishes we
plan to serve. To our family, it is a list of dishes from which
they'll eat during the week. To the cook, it is a list of
dishes we plan to prepare. It is also a management tool for our
household. It is fair to say that it is the simple most
important household document. Purchasing, cooking and food costs
are all based on the menu.
We must plan the menus for the
people eating the food. This sounds like a simple rule, but we
frequently forgotten it. We must never forget that the family is
the main reason we are cooking.
A course is a food or group of
foods served at one time or we intend to eat at the same time.
Most of the time, we put the courses on the table at once -
appetizer, salad, main dish and side dishes, and desserts, for
example - but will eat them in a particular order.
When planning our menu, we must
have a basic understanding of nutrition. Because our bodies need
varieties of foods in order to function and to be healthy. We
want to proved a nutritious food and well-balanced menus.
Step # 4: High
Yield Weekly Planner
High Yield Weekly
The first step is to think
about the week ahead. It does not matter which day you consider
the beginning of the week, I happen to use Monday. Use the day
you do your main weekly grocery shopping as a starting point. I
happen to like to shop early Sunday morning when there are few
people at the grocery store.
Fill in your family's planned
weekly activities. Have fun and be creative. Use your own
shorthand, color-coding or symbols. Makes it easy for you to
picture how the week will be filled.
Step # 5:
Supportive Price Book Management
article: Supportive Price
You have probably heard about a
Price Book, or read about them in budgeting articles. However,
what is a Price Book? It is your powerful tool used by smart
shoppers to help you save money. It is a practical technique
used to record prices of frequently purchased items.
Armed with your current Price
Book, you will know if an advertised �special� is truly a
bargain or not. You can avoid costly mistakes. You can save
money by knowing how much to pay for items used most often.
Step # 6 The
Recipe Grocery Savings Keystone
article: The Recipe Grocery
This section�s goals like
kitchen budget and making meals is that to besides saving money
you are also able to eat healthier. The menu is the keystone to
any grocery shopping savings program. However, the heart of any
menu is the recipe. The recipe is an important tool for the
cook. It�s the means of recording and passing along vital
information. Learning to cook without being able to check with a
recipe would be like learning to play the piano without using
In cooking, thorough
measurement is a key part. It is important for constant quality
each time you make a recipe. Moreover, it is important for cost
Converting recipes is a very
important technique. Nearly everyone can double a recipe or cut
it in half.
Portion Control is the
measurement of portions to ensure that you serve the correct
amount of an item. The home cook must be aware of proper portion
sizes. The recipe usually tells us what the portion sizes are.
Step # 7:
Superior Coupon Planning
article: Superior Coupon
$1.25 for a newspaper on Sunday can turn into major savings in
coupons. Get to know your local grocery retailers. Many offer
double or triple coupons on certain days. This can add up to
double-digit savings on your grocery bill. (Personally, coupons
usually account for a 15-20% savings for me!)
READ THE ADS
! Sunday grocery ads are filled with great weekly sales,
especially on meats and produce.
Step # 8:
Master Organized Grocery List
article: Master Organized
Number #1 reason, it saves you
time. With a master grocery list, you will not have to do the
same work all over again every time you go to the grocery store.
You do most of the work just once. Beside, it only takes a few
minutes every week for you to mark off what you need on my
master list. It will also help prevent your forgetting things. A
master list is also (slightly) more likely to be used by the
rest of the family to help you stay on top of what's been used
Step # 9:
No-Fail Grocery Shopping
article: No-Fail Grocery
Before we get into ways of
utilizing coupons to save money, it helps to understand the way
that stores sell the products and entices you to spend more than
you really want. By taking the time to understand the different
ways grocery stores encourage you to spend money, you can combat
their strategies and spend money only on the merchandise you
Most people view a grocery
store as simply a place to purchase food and other household
necessities. In reality, grocery stores are built to get you to
buy more than you really need. It's essential that you recognize
their sales tactics so that when you walk into a grocery store,
you walk out with what your need instead of what the grocery
store wants to sell you.
A Can't Fail Belief in Canning
article: A Can't Fail
Belief in Canning
One of the ways American's
can save on their grocery bill is either canning fruits and
vegetables in season. I know when I was growing up, my
grandparents basement pantry was filled with canned fruits and
vegetables. For example, it takes 2-1/2 to 3-1/2 pounds of
tomatoes to make a quart of whole, halved, or quartered canned
tomatoes. Tomatoes, along with a small amount of lemon juice,
are the only ingredients. 1 quart equals about 2.2 (14.5 oz.
$.80/can) cans of tomatoes. That is $1.76 of canned tomatoes.
The basic cost of fresh in
season can be about $.25 per pound or $0.625 to $0.875 for a
quart of home canned tomatoes. That is a savings of $1.135 to
$.885. You are making your tomatoes at about $0.284 to $0.398
for 14.5 oz. If you get a 2 for $1 deal, you still save $0.216
to $0.102 per 14.5 oz.
Why the Nine Steps Work When
other Programs have failed
These nine steps are
action-oriented plans to follow. It helps you focus on defining
and diagnosing where your behavior is now. It helps you with
tools and the ability to stay accountable and action-oriented in
making the important changes required. No one is saying it will
be easy. However, the steps give you the foundation:
You Don't Need
Admit it! Every time you ever
started anything, even a new diet, you tried to overpower it
with self-control or willpower. It is normal. However, it will
not work. It is a temporary feeling and is destined to doom. The
twelve steps to grocery store savings do not depend on
self-control or willpower for success.
Plan For Success
You plan your life by setting
your time that you spend in the grocery store. You plan your
life by the time it takes to make your meals. When you do these
things, you set up a positive and powerful control in your life
that totally and instinctively both orders immediate results and
nourishes them for the long term. You say good-bye to your old
self and begin to move toward a healthy and wealthy you. With
it, it is easier to stay the course.
With planning, you aim your
life so that it pulls for you when you're weak, when you're
not pumped up, when you don't feel like behaving prudently,
when you don't want to tell yourself no. Make a decision
right now whether you will use the twelve steps to grocery store
savings. It could be the single most important decision you make
to make the most of the quality of your life and change the
course of your life.