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The Chatterbox

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Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

I need to go back to meal planning too! It's cyclical for me. This past week, we were in take-out-ville. So money going out the door in piles.
Yesterday I spent $129 at the store and hopefully it will last the week! Yikes groceries have gotten expensive. I don't do anything to save money though, no coupons, no sale hopping, no ad reading. I should probably work on that.
A good start would be to get a menu planned!

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I'm telling you, I resisted meal-planning for a long time because it was just another thing to fit in, but it really does make a difference--financially and psychologically.

beck's picture beck

We spend... oh, this is horrifying to admit - around $200 a week on groceries, and that is with NO eating out. Yep. Ask me about the cost of groceries in the North!

I do love menu planning. My fall-back for nights when I don't want to make what I've planned the week before (that happens!) is to make sure that I always have enough proto-ingredients around to make something else. Black bean chili, generally.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Okay beck, you made me feel better. I'm always trying to point out to my husband that what we spend on groceries is about average--I think we spend about $150/week on groceries, sometimes less, sometimes more, depending on what's happening (holidays, etc.).

But I wish we could trim more. I really do.

And you are the one who inspired me to meal-plan, btw. :)