A couple weeks ago I posted about an inventory system that I was doing and a new way to buy groceries. Well, I have changed it so much it's a whole new system. I also said that rarely anything came from me (I usually pinterest, google, ask people, look at blogs, etc.). This inventory/food planning/meal planning system is semi my idea... exciting right!? Okay so here's what I do.
I have listed out in an excel spreadsheet all the items that I have in my fridge/freezer/pantry. I wanted to see all the food I had so I wrote each item down with how many were in there. The problem came when I used anything out of them. I then had to go and change it either in the computer or a piece of paper that I had printed out (finally after getting sick of running to my computer every meal). That really didn't work for us so I decided I will inventory our food at the end of each month right before we go and buy food. I will make a list of all the items I need for the rest of that month. Then, I will plan my meals for THE WHOLE MONTH! What!? Yes, the whole month. I did this before and it works so well for our family. I then go to the grocery store and buy all that is needed for the month! Except for vegetables and dairy products. Although we now get our chicken/eggs/milk/and beef from the local farmer's market, and we get a lot of our fruit and vegetables from Bountiful Baskets (just started doing this but it is definitely worth it). A lot of our grains and other food comes from Azure Standard. I also grind my own wheat so I get my wheat berries from there. What I find when we go to the store once a month and then just for vegetables and dairy products once a week is that we end up saving money since we are not at the store for so long once a week. I also love planning the menu out a month in advance because then if Micah wants to cook he knows he has all of the ingredients ready to go and can just jump in and do it without a lot of extra work (starting with going to the grocery store). I love how this works for our family.
I know that there is a lot of talk about grocery prices going up so what are you doing to keep your groceries within your budget? I love suggestions!