Grocery Shopping!

I am excited to share with you my tips for successful Grocery Shopping! But first, apologies… I was going to post Sunday afternoon after my family’s big get together this weekend, but Matthew and I ended up with the flu or something equally awful. It was bad folks!! Ten of us all ended up with it. Food poisoning, flu, virus, plague… whatever it was, it wiped us out!

I love to meal plan, especially when it involves staying within an established weekly budget. As the years go on, perfecting a meal plan and grocery list sheet has been one big goal. For the last few years, there have been a few different designs for my Grocery Shopping and Menu planner. Then, a few years ago I created a menu planner and gifted it to my husband Tyler. This planner has been instrumental in helping us, as a family of six, remember what meals we have at our disposal.

Ethel Cat looking up at camera from floor

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There have been a few posts where these Menu Planner and Grocery Shopping sheets have been available for download. Once again, I am going to share them with you with the hopes that it can help someone who needs to be more organized. Click the links below to download them for your personal use!

Ethel cat was inspecting my progress as I was making dinner the other night. She often comes into the kitchen while I am cooking expecting treats. She is a cute cat, but very cantankerous. Ethel does not like snuggles or being touched. I just wish rescue cats came with a warning sometimes, like, “I do not like you to touch me”, so we people know and can find a kitty that is nice. But, when a neighbor found her and could not keep her, we did step up and adopt her. She may be cute, she may plead for food like a dog, but she is not that cuddly.

If you do choose to use these planners and Grocery Shopping tools, please let me know in the comments. I would love to hear from you and how it helps you and your budget. If these downloads help you get organized or you do share tips to make them better, I can then update them and make the Shopping tools the best they can be.

How to plan your Grocery Shopping trip

I have been doing weekly meal plans for about a year because it does help me to only buy what we need for the week. In a typical week, planning happens for Monday-Sunday and two meals on Saturday. There are weeks that we switch up the plan or something comes up (like sickness) so we then adjust meals to our schedule.

When planning, Tyler and the boys give their input on what they would like to eat, then I fill in the blanks from my list of meals or from new recipes. I then list everything needed for each meal. Then I look at what we still have in our fridge and pantry and write down what I need to buy. 

*Update 9/5/2021: I have since developed a weekly grocery shopping list and on the opposite side it has daily meals. Hopefully that can be added as a printable download soon! *

A Week of Meals

Each week, our family decides which meals we want to have for dinner each day of the week. We try to do this together, so everyone has a say for what we eat in any given week. Before I go Grocery Shopping, the back of the sheet is then filled out with what is needed.

To complete a Grocery List, I then look in our fridge, cupboards and pantry to see what we already have on-hand. If we have, let’s say sugar, then sugar does not need to go on the shopping list. I can then cross it off of the shopping list and save that money. This alone helps keep our family on track with our weekly food budget.

Weekly Meal Planning

Sunday: Crab Sushi (yes, we make it!!)
Crab, cucumber, carrot, rice, seaweed wraps, soy sauce, wasabi, sesame oil, cream cheese, avocado

Monday: Shepherd’s Pie
Mashed potatoes, 1 pound beef, mixed veggies, tomato sauce, cornbread muffins, applesauce, homemade rolls

Tuesday: Chicken Enchiladas
Chicken, tortillas, homemade taco seasoning, cheese, sour cream, tomato, avocado, olives, salsa, lettuce/spinach, homemade refried beans

Wednesday: Meatloaf
2 pounds beef, 1 egg, homemade beefy onion soup mix, breadcrumbs, carrots, homemade rolls

Thursday: Butternut Squash Soup
1 large butternut squash, chicken base, onion, cheese, bread, tomato soup, milk, homemade rolls

Friday: Quiche
Chicken, spinach, eggs, milk, 2 homemade pie crust, broccoli, cheese, sour cream, 

Saturday Breakfast: Pancakes
Flour, eggs, baking powder, vanilla, milk, maple syrup, breakfast sausages, bananas, 

Sunday: Lasagna
Pasta, cottage cheese, cheese, 2 pounds beef, marinara sauce, 1 egg, homemade Italian bread, garlic, oregano, parsley, green beans

Grocery Shopping Weekly planner

How to use this Grocery Shopping Sheet

Then I make a list of what I need to buy. I developed this Shopping List with six different categories which include Grocery, Dairy, Produce, Meat, Frozen and finally Toiletries. When I need more of an item, I place a tally next to it and circle the tallies. This helps to keep track while I am at the store, making sure each item is bought. While at the store, I then cross off the food when I found it and put it in the cart.

Grocery Shopping shopping list

In conclusion, I hope you have enjoyed a peak into how I meal plan and Grocery Shop for our family of six on one income! It has been a joy to share this information with you. Keep reading till the bottom to get quick access to a few recipes that were listed in our weekly meal plan.
~Monica

Published by Monica's Scratch Kitchen

I have not always had the skills to cook and bake from scratch. As a young wife, I bought every meal frozen or boxed and presented it to my husband with a flourish, believing myself a decadent cook. As our budget shrunk, and our family grew, I looked for ways to stretch our money to nourish our kids with the best for their hungry appetites. Hoping to find recipes and meals that they would love to eat. Through the last 5 years, I have learned so many cooking and baking lessons, and experienced many wins and failures. Come along with me on this journey as I share my recipes that work, how to make them on the cheap, and my tips and tricks to get my kids to eat homemade deliciousness! I will also share updates to our house that we have done in the last year since our move. With one income, we do most of the work ourselves and with amazing family and friends to help out, cutting costs but keeping style and money in the bank! I am a wife and mother of 3 boys and 1 princess. When I was a kid, I remember being asked what I wanted to be or do when I grew up. My response was, "a mom", and I am proud to grow up and be a mom to 4 amazing kids! Samuel is 11, Matthew is 8, Levi is 4, and Elliana is almost 2. We have been blessed to have kids who love to explore foods, to try new recipes, and enjoy helping us around the house. With 4 kids, you better believe they help clean! My husband Tyler and I have been married almost 13 years. We love our kids, we love outdoors, camping, canoeing, grilling, watching movies, and just hanging out making memories. A few years ago I gifted Tyler with his own "menu" book, where we write meals and foods we have loved to eat. Weekly our family decides what our meals will be and I make up a grocery list with what we need. It literally is my favorite chore! I love to shop, so shopping for food on a budget is my biggest win! Thank you for taking the time and visiting my site, Subscribe so you do not miss a post! Keep coming back to hear about new recipes, updates on our home, fun times with our kids, and how to make homemade deliciousness! ~Monica

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