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I believe in good food; food that tastes good and is good for
you. To feed my family of five, I had to get organized, to feed them the way I
wanted. I created a list that could work with my changing tastes, and level of
organization. This is my list and I hope it works for you too.
Kim McCrimmon B.A. M.E.des
1. Get the right tools - Find a meal planning and grocery list tool that works for you. Consider using a tool like
the Unbusy on Purpose Grocery List and Meal Planning pad so you can keep track of what you need, delegate jobs, and easily see your list as you do your shopping.
2. Get out your recipe books - Pick the recipes you would like to cook. Plan for leftovers and freezing options. Keep track of the page numbers.
3. Shop the sales - Get out a big sharpie and grocery store flyers. As you look through the flyer, circle the
items that are of interest to you. Keep track of these items on your grocery list. My neighbour makes a spreadsheet with the list of stores on top and items down the side as a tool to compare prices. I just choose the store with the best overall sale to suit my needs. My favourites are buy one get one free. I have saved hundreds of dollars buying non perishables that way.
4. Stock up and save - As you are shopping the sales, pay particular attention to non- perishables, paper products
and meats. I rarely ever pay full price for toilette paper anymore. Whenever I see it on sale, I buy in bulk. Meat is another great way to save. If you stock up on the meat on sale, you can freeze it. Each week if you do this, you will
have a freezer full of an assorted variety of meat.
5. Keep freezing bags and pans on hand - Make sure to stock up on various sizes of zip lock freezer bags and
tins to freeze your favourite meals and leftovers.
6. Make a plan - Use a meal planning tool like the Unbusy on Purpose Meal Planner pad to map out how you would like to eat for the week. Include spots for leftovers, eating out and special events. Here you can plan what you need for school
lunches and dinners before evening activities.
7. Make your list - Use a grocery list like the Unbusy on Purpose Grocery List pad to keep track of all
the items you have chosen. Easily navigate the grocery store, make more nutritious choices, save money and time and better reflect your eating preferences.
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