There’s no graceful way to splash back into a blog that’s been sadly ignored for months. So I’m going to pretend that it’s only been a day or two and jump into my topic for today: my new grocery store binder. Yes, I’m excited about such a simple thing. I love being organized and when I find a small system that works, my heart sings. While this binder isn’t tried-and-true yet, my gut feeling tells me that it’ll work really well (I’ll update this post after I’ve used it more).
I’ve been daydreaming about something like this ever since I started grocery shopping 6 years ago. Here are my main complaints of the system (or lack of one) that I used to follow:
- Every week I’d have to rewrite any items I didn’t purchase the previous week (they weren’t on sale, the coupon didn’t match any sales, etc)
- Every week I was copying out coupon information (from physical coupons and my online MPerks) onto my grocery list.
- I tried to use the least amount of paper for my list, and so my list was very jumbled and I didn’t group similar items together (dairy, meat, produce, etc).
- I’d have a fist full of coupons that I’d be trying to look at, placing some in my “to use” fist and others got stuffed back in my purse.
I browsed online for some kind of system that’d work for me, but came up empty-handed. For a while I used a mini file to store the coupons in, but that barely helped. And so I decided to make my own system (almost everything was purchased from Staples):
So, what do you think? Too much effort for something small? For me, it’s worth it because I grocery shop every week and am saving my family money by using coupons, being organized with my meal plan, and not missing coupons that expire in the bottom of my purse. It’s also a time saver: no running to the store for last minute purchases, no copying down coupons week after week, no circling the store to get missed items, and no standing in an aisle rummaging through my coupons.
How do you grocery shop? Do you have a system that works for you?