Meal planning is one trend that is suddenly starting to pick up. With so many families that are on tight budgets more and more are looking to plan their meals out. By meal planning you will find that less food is wasted, and your food budget will be lower. So how can you plan out your meals around the sales? Below you will find several ideas, and suggestions on how you can plan your meals, based on what you see in the sales flyers.
Start with the flyers
Obviously the first things you want to start with are the flyers. This is were you can find out what items are currently on sale. Use the items that you see on sale to help you plan out your meals. By taking the time to focus on the flyers you will find that you spend less money per person per meal. Some flyers also include coupons that offer you a special deal. Nowadays you do not always have to clip the coupons so be sure to check whether or not you need to clip the coupons.
Think outside the box
Of course not everything in the flyers are actually the best deals. Many of the items on the sale flyers you will find are still very expensive and you may be able to do better without the sale item. At your local supermarket you may be able to find some items that are regular priced and still cheaper than the sales items. Especially if you are going with the store brand items.
Forget the cookbooks go online
Instead of spending money on cookbooks, you may find it a lot easier to go online and look for recipes. One thing about looking online for recipes is that you can easily match the recipes with the sales flyers. Not only does this make it a lot easier to manage your budget, you will spend less time planning out your meals this way. I have found it best to devote at least one hour in the month to sit down and match up the sales.
Use a notebook when you go shopping
When you go food shopping take a notebook along so that you can do bit of price comparison. If you go to more than one store you will want to take the time and write down the different store prices. Compare in order to see which store has the best sales. Of course it really depends on what items you plan to buy for a particular week or month.
These are just a few simple ideas that may prove to be helpful when you are looking to improve your budget. It may take some time but try applying one idea at a time above.