What is this blog formally about? I don’t know anymore. Today it’s about grocery shopping with a plan. Do you mind?
I love a plan, I love a planner BUT… I also struggle occasionally to commit to a plan and I currently lack the energy to make one some weeks.
I’m a wishy washy planner, it’s a blessing and a curse.
Yet, I find that when I go into something with a plan it becomes a total game changer.
Take meal planning and grocery shopping. Last week I made a crock pot based meal plan with attached grocery list, all in one document.
I bought the stuff for the decided upon recipes and executed them early in the day when I had the energy.
Our entire week felt pulled together by this one act. It was insane.
I once heard a pastor say that flossing was his game changer or hinge habit. If he was flossing, it led to other healthy habits. When he stopped flossing? Things started to slide.
I think there is truth in this logic. When we feel good about the way we are approaching our week we feel more confident about adding in other good stuff.
Like last week I finished some sorting and got our coat closet and medicine cabinet in order. I give credit to the original meal planning.
I used to work at Franklin Covey, back when they had stores in the mall, and we sold a paper form called the meal planning / shopping list. So I sort of recreated it in google docs a while back.
Last week Monday I scanned the ads, pinned easy recipes and then acted upon it.
I shop at two grocery stores, first I get anything I can get at Aldi, then I hit up the regular grocery store for the rest. This saves us tons each week because each item I nab at Aldi saves us between .50 and
$1 and wow does that add up.
I could blog for Aldi, I love them.
I’d like to tell you that we are getting all our food organic, grass fed and locally sourced. I do some of that but I also shop at Aldi.
I’d love to be eating closer to grain free than we are right now, and I’ve spent the summer guilting myself for that.
But really healthy, relatively clean, homemade food is better than a mad dash for takeout.
Our eating will evolve as seasons stabilize, but for now this plan and these crockpot meals are really saving our lives.
So last week when I posted this pic I had some requests to share this handy list. So here it is, I hope it’s helpful.
Pin it now, print it later?
It’s not fancy or colorful but I swear it’s the best grocery system for our family. I know a lot of people who use handy, high tech apps to keep track of groceries and recipes.
But, for me, there’s something about crossing things off a paper list with a pen… AND A PLAN!
Do you have a meal plan / grocery shopping system? What works for you and your family?