This is one of my favorite sections of the Home Management Guide! Partnered with my brand new Menu Board, this section helps me stay on budget and make sure I don’t forget to pick up necessities at the store. Some people will also include a quick sheet of family favorite recipes and the food pyramid, but I never used them, so I took them out of mine.
First things first: The Menu BoardThere are many choices available on Pinterest where I got my idea from. Take a look around.
I use the menu board to help me save some money.
Every week I look through the store circulars to see what’s on special, then I build our week’s menu around that. We don’t always eat the meals on the specific day I set it for, and we always leave days for eating up the leftovers. In this way, I don’t over buy and we waste so much less. Especially with fruits and veggies. Those used to go bad frequently around here, but now I only buy enough for recipes and a set amount of snacks! Each recipe card has the meal or side on the front:
and all the ingredients needed on the back:
This way I don’t have to search through the cookbook to find out what I need for the grocery list, I can add it straight from the cards!
After I have my meals planned (based on seasonal and store specials), I move on to my Master Grocery List. I printed this directly from www.wantingwhatyouhave.com under the “Print” tab select “Master Grocery List”.
I credit this list with curing my forgetfulness and preventing me from ever having to double back in the store because I overlooked something in the dairy section. Sorting my list by these sections has fixed that problem for good! The last thing in my food section is the pantry checklist. I also printed this from www.wantingwhatyouhave.com under “Print” and selecting the “Pantry Checklist”, but I really don’t use it anymore. I do take inventory every two months or so, just so I know what to use up and what to stock up on when it goes on sale.
I encourage you to customize this section as much as you have the others. If your family eats out frequently, maybe keep a list of places you call frequently or common orders. That way there’s no scramble to search through drawers. Set yourself some money-saving goals and watch for coupons and specials. They even sell plastic pocket that fit nicely in 3-ring binders that can hold all those things in one spot.
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Tomorrow: The Finance Section!