Thursday, February 10, 2011
Couponing and Grocery Shopping
Before Christmas I was in a great grocery shopping groove. I or we went about once a week, always with a complete list, coupons, and rarely had to run back during the week for forgotten items. But then, as usual, life got in the way and I fell off the couponing/grocery planning wagon. We got engaged, went home for Christmas, had family emergencies, and then, wouldn't you know, it's practically mid-February and I have no idea how we got here.
My point is that I'm jumping back on the couponing and grocery planning wagon. I may even start menu planning. Especially while Manny is away, I think menu planning may be key to not spending a billion dollars per month on fast food. But for now baby steps, I've been on coupons.com and Kroger's website several times and am determined to have a productive and frugal shopping experience this weekend. However, I did also just find out that there's an Aldi about 15-20 minutes from my house, and I'm wondering if it's worth the trip. We also have a Meijer nearby. I've always gone to the Kroger because it's right around the corner but I wonder if I would save enough money to warrant going elsewhere. Now would be a good time to experiment since I have tons of time to kill, but I just can't bring myself to spend the time and gas money to go elsewhere when there is a perfectly good Kroger right around the corner.
I'm pretty sure that if I keep up with the coupons and sales, going to my Kroger will be just fine. One thing I'm sure of is that I need to shop purposefully in order to be frugal. I need to know when there are sales and stock up when and where I can. This weekend will be my first re-try, so we'll see how it goes!