Welcome to WeUseCoupons.com
WeUseCoupons.com
Home Register Forum Coupon Database Beginners Arcade Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Affiliates Contact
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:53 AM.
 »   WeUseCoupons.com » Welcome To the Savings » Articles
Subscribe to WUC and get Daily Updates in your Inbox Facebook



Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  post #1  
Old 12-13-2009, 06:55 PM
Mavourneen's Avatar
Mavourneen Mavourneen is offline
In Memory of Maura..RIP our dear friend...
Trader Feedback: (50), 100%
 
About
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 11,931
Thanks: 23,199
Thanked 46,921 Times in 10,537 Posts
My Mood:
LoL's: 1,446
LoL'd at 3,157 Times in 936 Posts
Mavourneen User is a Shop-a-holicMavourneen User is a Shop-a-holicMavourneen User is a Shop-a-holicMavourneen User is a Shop-a-holicMavourneen User is a Shop-a-holicMavourneen User is a Shop-a-holicMavourneen User is a Shop-a-holicMavourneen User is a Shop-a-holicMavourneen User is a Shop-a-holicMavourneen User is a Shop-a-holicMavourneen User is a Shop-a-holic
Shopping List Combine Couponing and Menu Planning for Increased Savings

You've been working hard for the past few months - collecting coupons, buying papers, filing and organizing - but your monthly budget has seen only modest savings. Perhaps you've been couponing for quite some time but you always seem to run out of things midweek and need to make a grocery store run in order to prepare dinner - and inevitably buy something full price which just irks you to no end. Maybe, like me, you work full time outside of the house and your evenings are so full to the brim you just don't have time to think.

The answer to all three of these scenarios is menu planning combined with your couponing efforts.

I keep a running list through the week of items I need at the grocery store. As the circulars come in , I make lists for each store of the loss leaders and items I'll be buying for each store. Then, I go through my running grocery list and decide where I'll buy each item. If I need Sweet N Low, and it is on sale at a specific store, I make sure Sweet N Low gets added to that store's list.

Once I've gone through the circulars and quickly matched up what couponing item I'll buy where, I then look at the front pages with an eye towards dinner. For my family of 3, I try to make the meat or main protein of my dinner $5 or less. Often, I do a lot better than that. ( It should be taken into account that I only have 3 people in my family. If your household has 5-8 people in it - or more - $5 is unrealistic for you. You need to judge that number for yourself. )

For example: Grocery store A has chicken breasts for $1.69 / lb - a great price - but not great beef or pork prices. I make sure to write chicken down on store A's list. Store B has a good sale on ground beef; ground beef goes on store B's list. Store B also has spinich on sale half price. Hmmmm. I could combine the chicken from store A with the spinach from B to make a Florentine. Hmmm.

Using store matchups from the forums, and my own lists, I'm armed to shop at each store confident I'm buying the right items in the right quantities to feed my family for the week and ( hopefully ) feed my stockpile as well. I don't go and willy-nilly buying what catches my eye. That is how good couponers get into trouble. Lack of planning!

Typically, I will write out a ( brief ) outline of what I'm making for dinner and post it on the fridge. Here's my list for next week:


Monday: Meatloaf, baked potatoes, and peas.
Tuesday: Baked chicken, noodles with sauce, broccoli
Wednesday: Spaghetti with meatballs, salad, garlic bread
Thursday: Chicken and tomatoes in the crockpot, rice, green beans
Friday: No dinner; my son's belt ceremony potluck dinner - I am bringing Sweet&Sour meatballs.

In the above example, I estimate each night's meal cost around $4.50. I had to make about 150 meatballs today for my son's belt ceremony potluck on Friday, which I've not factored in as it is an extraordinary occurance. I'll snitch some meatballs for Wednesday night's spaghetti. Chicken was a very good buy this week, so I bought 2 trays - one I'll use on Tuesday, one on Thursday. Broccoli crowns were on sale as well, and I had a great deal last week on canned tomatoes for Thursday's crockpot.

Menu planning goes hand in hand with couponing to whittle down your family's grocery budget. Good luck!
Reply With Quote
The Following 130 Users Say Thank You to Mavourneen For This Useful Post:
2littledollz, 30good, alanj, amber070911, amgray1980, Arismom24, babyeli'smom, BBailey, bcmoga, BStroh, BugGirlJenn, busymom, Cathleen, cheri, Cindi, cookiey, coolblue75, CouponGenius, couponmagic, cpn4primm, cpnmistress, daddysproudofme, DamianMom, dare2dream, Derricksgirl, DianaGV, Dianasaves$$, Dreamer, Ellie, emma, FarmGirl1971, Foggy, FoodStorageInfo, fuzzymoose, gigigirl1037, ginaalex77, greenmountainwife, Guest20, hapyshpr, Heidi518, HGeiger, Holly618, iamlj, Iheartkitties, iheartstockpiling, imbulky, irmary, jabneel, jackie1097, Jan710, jaxmom, Jazaray, Jennah73, jennandrob, Jenner, jennerjames, Jennie S, jennielee, jennyjlj, JennyJoy, jgajmom, jibbers, jnmommy, Josephswife, jrmysgrl421, judy pittman, katenoel, kathybasden, kelly325, Kimthecouponlady, klo, kmel2u, KyDawn, LadyK8, LadyRaven9517, LAE511, leighb, lgramey, lightenbug, living&lovinglife, loving you23, Lulu, luv saving 2012, luvcvs, Madnicmom, magayrose, MainerMike, marfanning, marti212121, mcleodsc, missliz01, mom1093, mom2ccg, MrCoupon, mrs4406, munge1, NCSouthernBelle, Newbcoupons, OHcoupons, pacifictriomom, pat1074, quickcook909, renee0520, rmg, roxvann, rtstowell, sams3girls, SarahB, SatinDoll, Save_educated_Mom, savingirl, savingviacoupons, schatz, shadnamber, shadylane, skcairns, SKEETER, slejarzar, StacyFromWI, SueKnehr, sweetpea101506, tawaik, taylorsmom, tbenning, texican, thelairs, treasurealley, tripletsnthree6, tshock40, twbigdogsgirl
<
  post #2  
Old 12-13-2009, 06:58 PM
Dianasaves$$'s Avatar
Dianasaves$$ Dianasaves$$ is offline
WUCkie
Trader Feedback: (24), 100%
 
About
Join Date: May 2009
Location: So Cal
Dianasaves$$'s YTD Savings: 42,876.70
Posts: 753
Thanks: 2,694
Thanked 1,938 Times in 676 Posts
My Mood:
LoL's: 57
LoL'd at 94 Times in 21 Posts
Dianasaves$$ has a reputation beyond reputeDianasaves$$ has a reputation beyond reputeDianasaves$$ has a reputation beyond reputeDianasaves$$ has a reputation beyond reputeDianasaves$$ has a reputation beyond reputeDianasaves$$ has a reputation beyond reputeDianasaves$$ has a reputation beyond reputeDianasaves$$ has a reputation beyond reputeDianasaves$$ has a reputation beyond reputeDianasaves$$ has a reputation beyond reputeDianasaves$$ has a reputation beyond repute
Default

Thanks for sharing this.
Reply With Quote Send a private message to %1$s
The Following 11 Users Say Thank You to Dianasaves$$ For This Useful Post:
  post #3  
Old 12-13-2009, 08:15 PM
30good's Avatar
30good 30good is offline
WUCkie
30good's WishList
Trader Feedback: (92), 100%
 
About
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Marlow, OK
30good's YTD Savings: Too much to keep up with!
Posts: 4,693
Thanks: 25,798
Thanked 10,977 Times in 3,555 Posts
My Mood:
LoL's: 573
LoL'd at 557 Times in 192 Posts
30good User is a Shop-a-holic30good User is a Shop-a-holic30good User is a Shop-a-holic30good User is a Shop-a-holic30good User is a Shop-a-holic30good User is a Shop-a-holic30good User is a Shop-a-holic30good User is a Shop-a-holic30good User is a Shop-a-holic30good User is a Shop-a-holic30good User is a Shop-a-holic
Default

great post!
Reply With Quote Send a private message to %1$s
The Following 12 Users Say Thank You to 30good For This Useful Post:
  post #4  
Old 12-13-2009, 08:39 PM
tawaik tawaik is offline
WUCkie
Trader Feedback: (20), 100%
 
About
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: MD
Posts: 3,485
Thanks: 10,627
Thanked 11,080 Times in 3,184 Posts
My Mood:
LoL's: 369
LoL'd at 209 Times in 98 Posts
tawaik User is a Shop-a-holictawaik User is a Shop-a-holictawaik User is a Shop-a-holictawaik User is a Shop-a-holictawaik User is a Shop-a-holictawaik User is a Shop-a-holictawaik User is a Shop-a-holictawaik User is a Shop-a-holictawaik User is a Shop-a-holictawaik User is a Shop-a-holictawaik User is a Shop-a-holic
Default

Excellent advice for those who have larger families to feed.

Although it is just DH and I, I still have to think ahead about what is going to be for dinner. I like to plan ahead. We purchase most of our meats at the meat market in bulk and just break them all down into food saver bags. The price per lb. is pretty good for us.

When there is a really good deal on meat at the grocery store, I would purchase about $20 worth to add to our deep freezer. DH is a stockpiler by his own right He loves to eat, loves my cooking and loves to see the pantry and deep freezer full. Right now we concentrating on stocking up on meats for the winter.
Reply With Quote Send a private message to %1$s
  post #5  
Old 12-13-2009, 09:41 PM
boxergirldee's Avatar
boxergirldee boxergirldee is offline
WUCkie
boxergirldee's WishList
Trader Feedback: (12), 100%
 
About
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: back in WNC
Posts: 819
Thanks: 2,827
Thanked 1,865 Times in 689 Posts
My Mood:
LoL's: 244
LoL'd at 29 Times in 16 Posts
boxergirldee has a reputation beyond reputeboxergirldee has a reputation beyond reputeboxergirldee has a reputation beyond reputeboxergirldee has a reputation beyond reputeboxergirldee has a reputation beyond reputeboxergirldee has a reputation beyond reputeboxergirldee has a reputation beyond reputeboxergirldee has a reputation beyond reputeboxergirldee has a reputation beyond reputeboxergirldee has a reputation beyond reputeboxergirldee has a reputation beyond repute
Default

Great post. Sometimes, its great to have a reminder to help cut down every way you can. super advice. Thanks again

Dee
Reply With Quote Send a private message to %1$s
The Following 13 Users Say Thank You to boxergirldee For This Useful Post:
  post #6  
Old 12-13-2009, 10:40 PM
mom1093's Avatar
mom1093 mom1093 is offline
WUCkie
mom1093's WishList
Trader Feedback: (18), 100%
 
About
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Dayton, OH
Posts: 846
Thanks: 829
Thanked 2,398 Times in 706 Posts
My Mood:
LoL's: 58
LoL'd at 77 Times in 33 Posts
mom1093 has a reputation beyond reputemom1093 has a reputation beyond reputemom1093 has a reputation beyond reputemom1093 has a reputation beyond reputemom1093 has a reputation beyond reputemom1093 has a reputation beyond reputemom1093 has a reputation beyond reputemom1093 has a reputation beyond reputemom1093 has a reputation beyond reputemom1093 has a reputation beyond reputemom1093 has a reputation beyond repute
Default

I found this free meal planner download through another site. You can download in Excel, Open Office or PDF. The 1st page is your meal plan, 2nd & 3rd page is your list for the meal planner - you can add to these.

There is a weekly, 2 week, & monthly one. You can download your choice.

http://www.vertex42.com/ExcelTemplat...l-planner.html

Sorry I forgot to put the link in.



Last edited by mom1093; 12-14-2009 at 06:05 PM..
Reply With Quote Send a private message to %1$s
  post #7  
Old 12-13-2009, 11:07 PM
jennyjlj's Avatar
jennyjlj jennyjlj is offline
Moderator
Trader Feedback: (70), 100%
 
About
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Tacoma, wa
jennyjlj's YTD Savings: over $10,000!!!
Posts: 22,993
Thanks: 26,456
Thanked 61,781 Times in 18,928 Posts
My Mood:
LoL's: 302
LoL'd at 12,961 Times in 4,506 Posts
jennyjlj User is a Shop-a-holicjennyjlj User is a Shop-a-holicjennyjlj User is a Shop-a-holicjennyjlj User is a Shop-a-holicjennyjlj User is a Shop-a-holicjennyjlj User is a Shop-a-holicjennyjlj User is a Shop-a-holicjennyjlj User is a Shop-a-holicjennyjlj User is a Shop-a-holicjennyjlj User is a Shop-a-holicjennyjlj User is a Shop-a-holic
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mom1093 View Post
I found this free meal planner download through another site. You can download in Excel, Open Office or PDF. The 1st page is your meal plan, 2nd & 3rd page is your list for the meal planner - you can add to these.

There is a weekly, 2 week, & monthly one. You can download your choice.
can you send me a link? i have one i print off and write on but being able to up date a spreadsheet would be awesome!! i am an excel freak. I use that for my checking account versus a register
Reply With Quote Send a private message to %1$s
The Following 10 Users Say Thank You to jennyjlj For This Useful Post:
  post #8  
Old 12-14-2009, 12:45 AM
Foggy's Avatar
Foggy Foggy is offline
Busy Busy Busy
Foggy's WishList
Trader Feedback: (287), 100%
 
About
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: In Reality
Foggy's YTD Savings: Lost Count
Posts: 23,942
Thanks: 100,932
Thanked 67,807 Times in 18,107 Posts
My Mood:
LoL's: 8,724
LoL'd at 4,893 Times in 1,812 Posts
Foggy User is a Shop-a-holicFoggy User is a Shop-a-holicFoggy User is a Shop-a-holicFoggy User is a Shop-a-holicFoggy User is a Shop-a-holicFoggy User is a Shop-a-holicFoggy User is a Shop-a-holicFoggy User is a Shop-a-holicFoggy User is a Shop-a-holicFoggy User is a Shop-a-holicFoggy User is a Shop-a-holic
Default

Mav! I do that myself. It really does help!

Zaycon foods sells boxes of chicken, fish, kielbasa, hot dogs, bacon, fruit and more (sales at certain time of year for your area. - Sign up is free to see when the sales are!). Signature and posts may contain affiliate links.

Last edited by Foggy; 12-14-2009 at 08:04 PM..
Reply With Quote Send a private message to %1$s
The Following 10 Users Say Thank You to Foggy For This Useful Post:
  post #9  
Old 12-14-2009, 02:42 AM
Josephswife's Avatar
Josephswife Josephswife is offline
WUCkie
Josephswife's WishList
Trader Feedback: (29), 100%
 
About
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Redding, Ca
Posts: 1,622
Thanks: 5,101
Thanked 4,895 Times in 1,352 Posts
My Mood:
LoL's: 902
LoL'd at 236 Times in 101 Posts
Josephswife User is a Coupon Queen!Josephswife User is a Coupon Queen!Josephswife User is a Coupon Queen!Josephswife User is a Coupon Queen!Josephswife User is a Coupon Queen!Josephswife User is a Coupon Queen!Josephswife User is a Coupon Queen!Josephswife User is a Coupon Queen!Josephswife User is a Coupon Queen!Josephswife User is a Coupon Queen!Josephswife User is a Coupon Queen!
Default

One of the things I struggle with the most lol
Reply With Quote Send a private message to %1$s
The Following 11 Users Say Thank You to Josephswife For This Useful Post:
  post #10  
Old 12-14-2009, 04:02 AM
schatz's Avatar
schatz schatz is offline
Check out What's cooking!
schatz's WishList
Trader Feedback: (38), 100%
 
About
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Austria/Georgia
Posts: 6,171
Thanks: 47,738
Thanked 18,072 Times in 5,319 Posts
My Mood:
LoL's: 1,972
LoL'd at 722 Times in 334 Posts
schatz User is a Shop-a-holicschatz User is a Shop-a-holicschatz User is a Shop-a-holicschatz User is a Shop-a-holicschatz User is a Shop-a-holicschatz User is a Shop-a-holicschatz User is a Shop-a-holicschatz User is a Shop-a-holicschatz User is a Shop-a-holicschatz User is a Shop-a-holicschatz User is a Shop-a-holic
Default

excellent!! I have gotten away from my meal planning but really need to get back to it!

Lukas and Ella are my


Forum Leader for What's Cooking?
Reply With Quote Send a private message to %1$s
The Following 10 Users Say Thank You to schatz For This Useful Post:
Reply

Tags
combine, couponing, increased, menu, planning, savings

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Back To School Menu Planning Ideas Needed Shell WUC Public Archives 7 08-10-2009 10:26 AM