Each week on Thursday, I sit down with my computer, menu, and grocery list. I write out each meal for each day. What is the computer for? I often go through my recipes on Pinterest or my favorite blogs for menu ideas as I work. When I pencil in a meal, I immediately write on the grocery list any ingredients that I need to pick up to complete the recipe. I have my grocery list set up to match the layout of the store in which I shop. It helps keep me super focused so I don't have so much temptation to spend money on things I don't really need, pushing me over my budget. It isn't a fool-proof method, especially when you are as naturally scatter-brained as I and/or have little ones running in and out while planning, but it helps me tremendously! It's only about once a month I forget to add something that I really need. This week it was the buttermilk! Thank goodness we do have a tiny grocery store here when I'm in a pinch. I don't shop there unless I am desperate because the prices are just crazy! I thought you might like to see a blank copy of my grocery list and menu. I have the template printed out, and I write on it by hand. I used to do it all on computer because it was neater, but it became too much of a hassle to turn the computer on every time I needed to add one or two things the list or menu for the following week. Usually, when I come home on Friday after shopping, I pull out a new template for the next week. I'll add things to it as I see the need when supplies are getting low or run out (laundry detergent, dish soap, spices, toilet paper, etc...)
This is the menu side. I easily made this template using a simple word program on the computer.
This is my grocery list side. When I am at the store, I fold the paper in half lengthwise to make it easier to handle. The smaller size also takes up less room on my refrigerator when I get home and hang up the menu.
This sheet of paper is my brain for half a day one day a week. What happens if I leave the house without it? That, my friend, depends on how far away from home I am when I realize I have forgotten it. If I am still in the driveway or just a short distance down the road, it is inconvenient, but okay. If, however, I am twenty minutes down the road, I turn around and cry over the wasted gas all the way home! I simply cannot shop without this list anymore. Thankfully, the last scenario has only happened once. Thanks to my wonderful friend, Appie, I have learned to put the list in my car the night before!
So, there you have it! That is my sanity saver for today. Please feel free to share any that you have! Have a blessed Sunday! I'll see you next week!