I did it! I have been telling myself that I don’t need it and the papers just keep piling up in my closet, so I finally did it! I canceled my newspaper subscription!
For the past 3 or more years I have been a loyal subscriber to our local Sunday paper for the sole purpose to get the coupons. At first it was great! There were so many deals every week and I was using those clipped coupons multiple times weekly. Well, times have changed and there is just no need for them now.
I found that if I plan my meals out for two weeks at a time I can work the grocery shopping better into our budget, since we get paid every two weeks. The very first thing I do before I start planning our menu is I look through all of the stores weekly ads. The first thing I look for are really good deals on meat. Depending on how good of a deal it is determines how much of the meat I buy. If it’s just an “okay” deal then I might only buy enough meat for one meal but if it’s a smoking deal then I will buy what my budget allows and put the extra meat in the freezer.
Now that I know what meat I have available I start planning my menu. Even though I plan my menus for two weeks out, I will still look at the ads for the week that I already have planned. If there are any really great deals, especially on meat, I will buy and stock up for the coming weeks.
So hopefully this gives you an idea of how I plan my weekly menus around a budget and you can use this information to start doing the same for your family. But to make it even easier for you I wanted to post what meals I am going to be making in combination with the deals I found. Remember that some stores sales are specific to the area but most US chain stores have similar sales.