I work hard to make menu planning and grocery shopping something that blesses my family and not something that annoys and frustrates me. It is my sole responsibility and I take it seriously. I’m responsible for the nutrition of my family as well as keeping those purchases within a tight budget. I would not be able to do this without planning. I’ve tried. It just can’t be done (not for me, at least). Wandering the isles, hoping for inspiration is maddening and stressful to me.
As a result of grocery shopping every week with the same spending limit I’m pretty good at eyeballing what’s in my cart and knowing when to stop. To be on the safe side though, I still use a calculator. The last few times I’ve gone my calculator has cleared or shut off on me in the middle of my trip. How frustrating. Then I have to stand there and mentally add up how much I’ve spent so far. Ugh. Not a fan of that.
Oh a whim a few weeks ago, I threw something together in Google Docs to help me with my menu plan, grocery list and … the total! I tweaked it a little and now I LOVE it. Pretty much, I know what I’m going to buy and how much it’s going to cost BEFORE I EVEN GO IN THE STORE. *sigh* I love this.
So, as promised I have my first printable resource for you today. I’m very happy to offer this to you with my compliments and well-wishes. I hope it’s as useful to you as it has been to me! Simply click here. You don’t need a Google account to open, print, or get an Excel version of it. You will need a Google account to get your own copy in Google Docs (which I LOVE). To do that, after you get your Google account (or if you already have one), click on “File” then “Create A Copy” and you’ll have one of your very own to use.
I left some info in the one that you’re viewing so you could get an idea of how it works. Basically, create your meal plan, add items to your shopping list and as you add them enter the approximate cost of each item. There’s a yellow box on the left-hand side that says “Apporoximate Total” that will keep a running total of how much your grocery list will cost. This assumes that you’re usually a mindful spender and have a decent idea how much things cost.
It’s easily customizable. You can change my categories or move them up or down just by cutting and pasting. You won’t want to make it any wider, as it’s sized to print oriented in “landscape,” but if you want to add more categories there is plenty of room to add them in the existing columns. If you have any questions then be sure to contact me. Enjoy!
Why I do what I do ~
Me: “Ya know who I love? Y – O – U”
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