Don’t know about you but going grocery shopping is a dreadful task for me. I mean, I just don’t like doing the shopping part. I love the meal planning and putting the whole list of groceries together, but actually having to go to the store, purchase the food, nope don’t like that part at all. The only way I can tolerate shopping is if we go first thing in the morning when there are not a lot of people out, and I can get in and out of the store.
Putting my list together for our meals is normally done within 30 minutes. I write down meals that my family hasn’t had in a while that are also easy to make. I then go through my pantry and see what items I am low on or missing, and add those to my list. We also have a small dry erase board on our fridge to keep track of items we are running out throughout the week to make it easier. Then I go to the sale ads and see what is one sale. If I see that there are different meats on sale then what is on my list, I do try to change my meals to match up with what is on sale. Most of the time this is not a problem, as the meal I do make are normally not are too expensive. I made a meal / grocery list from word and just print it out when needed. The meals are on the grocery list so I can reference back to them in case I might have missed an ingredient or (which I have done) don’t know why an ingredient is on my grocery list. I find this method very convenient for me. Once done with shopping I then will add these meal to my planner. I do this so I can keep track of the meals we just had and then cross them off the list, and this also helps when planning for the next meals so as not to repeat them.