Saving Money in the Grocery Store: Meal Planning (And a $50 Giveaway!)
It’s week two in my not-eating-in-restaurants month, and already I’ve had to fudge a little.
Blogger happy hour? I just had a (gluten free!) beer — I didn’t eat anything!
Met up with someone for coffee? It was late, actually, and I sat and chatted without consuming anything (sorry, coffee shop).
Also, tonight I’m meeting up with my friend Thursday, because meeting Thursday on Monday sounds fun. I’ll skip food, but probably I will drink something.
Look, I’m not perfect. I know this. But I’m determined to get through January without eating out. So I am going to start planning meals for the week.
This reduces trips to the grocery store. Somehow this saves a ton of money, though I can’t quite figure out how. I feel like going to the store once a week or three times a week should end up with the same result at the end of the week, but that’s never the case. Must be the incidentals. A bottle of wine here and there really adds up fast!
I’m not much of a couponer, though I’m sure there’s value in them. But I found out about Favado at FinCon13, and I love it. You pick your favorite stores, and it tells you about the deals in each store. You use the little heart thing to mark your favorites, so you only get informed about specials on things you actually buy (which is why I’m not a fan of traditional coupons in the first place — I don’t eat processed food, which is what the coupons are generally for).
Instead, I tell the app my favorite stores and my favorite things to buy, and it lets me know who has the best deal.
This helps with meal planning. What’s on sale, Favado? Okay, then, I’ll make meals around ground beef and organic chicken.
Meal planning is a little restrictive to me, so I’m going light on it. I’ll make a plan to make three things this week:
- Stuffed bell peppers
- Stir fry
- A hearty soup
The rest will depend on what Brent wants to do, when my friends are coming over (or are we going there?) and what Favado says.
Favado is a free app, and it’s available for both Apple and Android. In an attempt to get the word out, they’re giving away a $50 Visa gift card to a lucky Frugal Portland reader. How excited are you?
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