With a pantry full of goodies, it’s tempting not to go on an eating binge, but this is going to undo all your good work. I like to think of the cycle as the grocery shopping three R’s -Replenish, Resist, Rejoice.
- Replenish you pantry when you find those bargains
- Resist the temptation to eat your savings in few days
- Rejoice in the savings
Replenish - First start with a shopping list identifying all the items that you will need for the weekly/monthly meal plan. That’s right you should have an idea on what you are going to prepare for the coming weeks before you hit the shops. So try writing down a list of standard meals that you frequently eat and are easy to prepare. Being organized will not only help you to save time and money but also the anguish of thinking up a new meal for the family everyday. Add your ingredients to your myPrice.com.au shopping list and you will start to see the prices everyday Australians are prepared to and are paying for these everyday items. Congratulations, this is the start of your online price book.
Resist - After you have been shopping and have stocked up your pantry, ensure that you follow your menu plans. Knowing what you are going to eat ahead of time will help you resist the urge to splurge. And if you stocked up on junk food because it was at your buy price, then ensure that you set targets for the consumption of this food, failure to do so may impact your hip pocket and maybe even your waist line. If you have tried to resist and can’t manage it, then maybe not buying your junk food in bulk is the only way to manage this and buy occasionally. And making sure that you have some healthy alternatives available instead, will ensure that you are not paying a premium at the local corner store for that fix.
Rejoice - If you are successful at buying at your price point and consuming food moderately, it is time to rejoice as you are now starting to make an impact to your bottom line. Having meal plans should make your shopping experience easier and more cost effective, and will save you the headaches of trying to think of a different meal at meal time.
The next step - Now that you have structured meal plans, try introducing a few more healthy alternatives to your meal list and make these occasional meals at the very least. You can read more about how you use this myPrice.com.au to help you to personalize your own online price book.