This is the final step in developing a monthly shopping list! If you are interested in starting from the beginning of my system, click here.
Pull out your meal plans from the last 4 weeks. If you liked what you did, you can call this a monthly meal plan. If you are not ready to stick to it that closely, just use it to estimate your needs for a monthly shopping list.
Using the meal plan as your guide, write a list of all the ingredients you used over the last month and the amounts. For example, if you eat ground beef twice every week, write down eight packages of ground beef. Be sure to include staple ingredients like flour and sugar. Plan to freeze anything possible, like meat, but skip fresh ingredients like vegetables and milk.
Congratulations! You now own monthly shopping list. Several great money and time saving strategies are within your reach! I will introduce a few of my favorites, starting with my next post.