Following are some basic steps I adhere to as I prepare to write a grocery list, you might like to keep these in mind as you consider writing your own list:
- I look through the cupboards and fridge to see what I have and don't have on hand
- I take into consideration the number of people eating at home that week
- I think about what I'd like to have on hand to eat for the week, writing down a basic menu plan (perhaps using a couple cook books to help inspire me)
- I go online looking for coupons, for instance ...
- I'll check out What's on Sale at Whole Foods
- I'll also peruse WFs The Whole Deal for coupons
- And all the while, I'll keep in mind my budget for the week, which for me is around $6o.
Here's my list:
- Asparagus (lately it's been on sale for $2.99 lb & you don't need to buy organic)
- red bell pepper, onions, potatoes
- baby peeled carrots (on sale this week)
- broccoli, zucchini, celery
- 365 bag frozen spinach, corn
- 2 frozen, ready-made organic meals
- apples, blackberries (2 cartons for $5 this week)
- 365 generic-brand vanilla yogurt
- 1/2 loaf of crusty spelt bread (from bakery)
- turkey breast (on sale this week for $4.99 lb)
- frozen salmon, tin of sardines
- olive / caper tapenade, feta cheese
- maple granola, nuts
Using groceries from the list above, I'll post five or more main meals, some lunch suggestions with leftovers, a couple nutritious dishes made from the frozen meals and a simple-gourmet dinner worth sharing with a friend or two.