Hey guys! I have been a little MIA over the past few days and was so excited to finally have time to post again! This past weekend was crazy busy and filled with fun and adventures! But now it’s back to the routine of the work week!
Here are a few highlights of my weekend:
We got a new car! Yay! Here I am kissing my ancient car goodbye!
Pretty sunset on the walk to our neighbors house for appetizers and wine!
Surprise appearance by Slash (my celebrity crush) during the super bowl halftime show! WAHOO!
And one of my clients gave me this today (technically not the weekend, but it was a highlight)! So sweet of her! I have the best clients ever! Thanks Marnie!
I announced the Larabar giveaway winner Holly yesterday! So, congrats again to Holly! Please email me right away at TrainerKjirsten@aol.com before I am tempted to eat some of the bars! I kid, I kid! : )
My eats of the day:
Breakfast: 1/2 cup of black coffee with pb toast and a sliced banana on top
AM Snack: PB&J Larabar! Might be my new fav. flavor!
I wanted to share with you my grocery list I use to not only track what needs to be bought, but also plan my weekly meals. I think last week Chelsey from Clean Eating Chelsey, posted the grocery list she uses and I was blown away by how similar our lists were. Mine is a little more comprehensive and is 2 pages both front and back. I created this list a few years ago as a checklist when we would run out of certain items during the week. It helped me to remember to buy items that I would have otherwise forgotten to buy. Plus I loved just having to check off items instead of writing out lists each week.
Every Sunday, I print the new list and plan out our meals for the week. I also check off the items we need to buy right away. Once I am done at the grocery stores (I usually go to 3 different stores, New Frontiers Natural Market, Safeway/Fry’s and Costco), I keep the list on the counter to keep track of what we run out of during the week. By taking time every Sunday, we are able to save money and are able to stick with buying the items on the list. It makes throwing in extra items into the cart harder. I will admit the Husband and I probably spend way too much on groceries, but we are working on it. Since we typically buy only organic meats, vegetables and fruits, are bills are a lot higher then what they used to be. One thing I am working on is buying produce that is on sale. For example our red bell peppers cost $5.99 a pound (yes, almost 6 bucks will get you one and 1/4 red bell pepper), so if the green bell peppers are on sale for $2.99, I will buy those instead, or just skip the bell peppers all together and buy other vegetables.
Another trick I use when planning meals to save money, is by piggy backing food from one meal to another. For example, if we have fish tacos on Tuesday night for dinner and I had to buy a 1/2 head of cabbage when we only really need about 1/8 head, I’ll try and plan a meal that can use up the remainder of the cabbage. So, on Wednesday we might be having Asian Salad for dinner so we can use up the remaining cabbage so we don’t waste it.
Here is my list from this week, as you can see I have our meals planned out and have items that we need checked off.
*I do print out the 2 pages back to back so I only have to deal with once piece of paper, this makes it easier at the store as well. Check your printer settings before you print, this will save paper too!
If you want a copy of this grocery list, email me at email@example.com and I will send you one in a word doc. format!
Question: What are some of your grocery saving tips?