Tuesday Tips: Plan Twice, Shop Once

Tuesday Tips will offer you a variety of strategies and tricks for saving money. For a full walk-through of the couponing process and many more tips and tricks, check out the couponing workshops!

Planning Guy

The basics of saving money comes down to planning. The better your plan is, the more money (and the more time) you’ll save in the long run. So let’s break down the planning process…

  1. Plan your budget. First, figure out how much you spend on groceries and household items each week. If you don’t know how much you currently spend, there’s no way to measure your progress in saving money. Look at your receipts from the past couple of months or take the next month to record your spending. Once you have a good figure, you’ll have a place to start your budgeting.


  2. Plan your meals. Start with dinner. Simply list what you’ll be eating for each night of the week, even if it’s PB&J. List out your options for breakfasts and lunch. Think about the items you already have in your pantry; add a few ingredients and you’ll have a great meal! See my Monday Meals posts to help get you started and the Recipes for quick and easy ideas. Want to take this one money-saving step further? Use the sale ad to inspire your meals for the week. (More on this later.)

These planning steps will save you money before you even clip a coupon! Start here this week, then add the next two planning steps into next week. Soon you’ll be developing your shopping list around sales + coupons + your stockpile. Stay tuned for the next segment on Planning: Part 2…

How did your planning go this week? Leave a comment with your successes or questions!


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3 Responses to “Tuesday Tips: Plan Twice, Shop Once”


  1. 1 Tnelson September 30, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    Your blog is so informative … ..I just bookmarked you….keep up the good work!!!!

  2. 2 RobD October 6, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    what a great site and informative posts, I will add a backlink and bookmark your site. Keep up the good work! :)


  1. 1 Tuesday Tip: Sale-ing Away! « Miss Q to the Rescue Trackback on December 15, 2009 at 10:21 pm

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