Budget Tools

Grocery List Planner

by Beth Montgomery on May 21, 2009 · 2 comments

in Coupons & Rebates


You can probably tell by my blog that I’m a big fan of computers and technology, so it shouldn’t suprise you that I have a spreadsheet I use each week to plan my shopping trips.

It’s a known fact that writing a list before you go to the store is a main factor in saving money. Not only does it help you avoid impulse buying, but it also helps you avoid buying items that aren’t really good deals. Also, taking the time to write out a list before you hit the store, saves you time in the store.

My spreadsheet, which is based on a spreadsheet I found on MommySnacks.net, is a bit intense and can sometimes look intimidating, because it does most of the work for you. However, I uploaded two versions to share with you. One, which you can view HERE, includes detailed instructions on each page, while the other, which you can find HERE includes my shopping list for this week already planned out as an example of how to use the spreadsheet!

First, note that there are multiple pages on each spreadsheet. You can view each page in Google Documents by clicking the links in the bottom left-hand of the page that say “Grocery”, “Misc. Stores”, “Drugstores”, and “Weekly Total”. You can also download these documents to your computer. When viewing the document, click on “File” in the top left-hand corner and select export from the drop-down menu. If you have Microsoft Office with Excel, export the document as a “.xls”. If not, you can export it as a “.cvs” to use with any spreadsheet program.

Second, when looking at my shopping plan for the week, keep in mind that my CVS plan is for Sunday/Monday and that I’ve over-estimated items I’m buying by the pound or don’t necessarily know the regular price for right off the top of my head. This way, I’m underbudget in the end. I also don’t assume I’ll get overage for any of my coupons, so basically, this is a worst-case scenario. When I end up spending less, I’m thrilled!

I love being able to see how much I’ll be saving before I hit the stores. It helps me cut my out-of-pocket spending down dramatically. With all the great savings this week at Meijer and CVS, this is a great time to figure out the perfect shopping trip. The only thing that would make this week better is a $/$$ coupon for Meijer, which I don’t have sadly. Hope these documents help you save loads of money too and remember to visit the individual grocery deal posts to see the coupon matchup for each deal.

As always, e-mail me if you have questions and I’ll be more than happy to help!

Visit on Saturday to find out how my shopping trip really went down and if I found some extra savings!

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