Shopping Around Encouragement & Our Food Allergy Meal Plan

You have heard me on more than one occasion suggest that shopping around at various grocery stores is the maximum way to get the best deals.  This is not a new concept; most frugal shoppers employ this method.  I am here today, though, to appeal to those of you who still do not shop around.

There are a few excuses for not taking advantage of this money saving tip.  I hear, “It’s just not convenient.”  “I’d rather pay more here, than go to another store to save a few bucks.” “I have too many kids in tow to go shopping around.”  To all of these comments, I say “phewie”….in the nicest way, of course.

I strive to save as much money as possible in every avenue of our family.  We are to be good stewards of our money and I don’t like the waste of it.  I want my children to think about the importance of every dollar spent, that is, is every dollar spent wisely.  As Crystal Paine from Money Saving Mom says (paraphrase here), “We spend meagerly in order to share generously.”

Take into consideration your reasons for not shopping around for the best deals and reconsider your strategy with the tips below.

  1. Plan out your shopping list based on your needs (not wants!) and the store flyers.
  2. Map out your week of goings and comings.  I try to minimize my shopping (trust me, I know what it’s like to drag small children into 1 store, let alone 3) by spreading it out throughout the week.  I try not to make a special trip because it wastes time and gas.  Instead, if I have to go out for something (like a doctor’s appointment, school pick-up, etc.), I combine the trips.
  3. I really evaluate my shopping list and what I need at each store.  I do not waste my time going to a store for one item only to save $1 when it will probably cost me that much or more in gas.  Be wise about your shopping.
  4. Don’t discount non-traditional stores for good deals.  Some examples are dollar stores, Asian markets, and Big Lots.
  5. Consider shopping online.  This will especially be the case if you live in a small town without a variety of stores from which to choose.

Anyway, that should give you a start to wise shopping.  Just get out there and try it out for a couple of weeks and see how it works for you.  Do you save money? Is it truly more hassle than it’s worth, or is it a matter of priorities?  You may just find that the benefits of saving the money far outweigh the inconveniences of it.

One final thing I want to mention.  Only shop around when it makes sense.  For example, I looked over our grocery flyers for this week and didn’t see any deals that jumped out at me, except a few items at Aldi.  I will stop by there one day this week on my way to pick up my children from school and grab those few things.  This week, however, I’m doing the bulk of my shopping at Costco.  I really try to stay away from here as much as possible or I will spend way too much.  We are out of a number of key items that I’m going to restock.  Otherwise, we’ll go off what we already have.  So, that goes to show you that I’ll have minimal “shopping around” this week.  It varies from week to week.

Do you have any additional tips for shopping around? How are you a good steward of your money?


November 11-17, 2012

I’m going to try lots of new recipes this week.  Let’s see how well I get to them all.

Sunday:  Roasted Chicken (leftover from my husband’s office lunch on Friday), Steamed Broccoli, Applesauce

Monday:  Chicken Korma

Tuesday:  Brown Sugar & Balsamic Glazed Pork LoinCrunchy Cabbage Salad

Wednesday:  Smoked Sausage Cassoulet

Thursday:  Chicken Cacciatore (didn’t get to it last week)

Friday:  Hamburgers, French Fries, Salad

Saturday:  Date Night!!!  Yay!  It’s been a long time since my husband and I have been out on a date.  We’re going to try to fit in some Christmas shopping.

Dessert:  I’m experimenting with a tasty allergy-friendly treat for the kids this week! I hope it works and I can share it with you for your Thanksgiving gatherings.  Your kids will love it (adults may too)!

What’s on your meal plan this week?

Shared at Meal Plan Monday.

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