I had to devise a plan to streamline my food shopping, and to do it under a budget.
CJ and I both love to cook, and eating healthy is important to us. I did some research to figure out how to buy and make healthy, affordable meals.
1. Get organized. I'm a huge nerd, so I created a "Meal Planning" Binder. I found a meal planning template online (I just searched, "meal planners") and printed it out. The one I found has a space for every meal of every weekday. It also has a grocery list space at the bottom. I plan to sit down each week with the binder and plan out all of our meals. I showed this to a friend of mine and she said, "Wow, I don't know anyone who cares about what they eat as much as you do." I was thinking to myself, "well, I certainly do, and I can show you their blogs"
Also, I brainstormed some basic meals and searched for healthy versions online. For example, I knew we would want to make Fettuccine Alfredo, so I looked for a healthy recipe.
My Favorite food blogs for Dinner Inspiration:
Carrots n Cake
Joy the baker
How Sweet it Is
4. Read Some Advice. Many food blogs have a food shopping section. I read every one I could find for ideas and tips. Here are some that I found helpful:
Carrots 'n Cake: Grocery Shopping 101
Yes, I want Cake: Grocery Shopping 101
Peanut Butter Fingers: Healthy Grocery Shopping on a Budget
Food Enthusiasm: Eating Healthy on a Budget
Trading Up Downtown: Saving at the Grocery Store
5. Look at flyers and clip coupons. Figure out what grocery store/s you want to shop at and get their flyer/s. I look at the website for my grocery store to see the flyer before it even comes out. This way I can start my meal planning in advance, and do my shopping on Sunday.