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10-Step Supermarket Combination Technique Checklist

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.After you have everything set up, it only takes 15-20 minutes to check each item on this checklist and incorporate those items you will use.  Setting things up the first time is what is time consuming.  Only use the steps that you find useful.  The checklist is simply a way to help you consider all the steps so you can maximize your savings and spend less on your food budget.

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  • Review the foods in your refrigerator that are nearing their expiration dates.  Decide how to use those items in the first couple of days of the new menu you will be creating
  • Did you post a note on the fridge where family members can list the foods or recipes they want to have?  If so, you will need to know what ingredients will be needed to make those recipes.  Ask the person who noted something they want to eat in the next menu for help
  • Review your menu for the next 2 weeks (or month if you shop monthly)
  • Do the recipes in the menu use produce that is in season (usually cheaper and better tasting)
  • Does the menu include ways to use leftovers? (Leftover night, re-purpose leftover foods, leftovers brought home from restaurants, etc.)
  • Does your menu include post-holiday sale items?
  • Make a list of all ingredients that will be need for all recipes in your menu
  • Review the inventory you posted on your freezer so you can use the foods that will expire first in your menu.  Remember to cross off those foods from the inventory
  • Check the pantry and cupboards and cross off foods that you already have and do not need to buy
  • Make a list of all ingredients needed for all recipes in your menu.  This will be your grocery list
  • If you have leftover ingredients that cannot be used for LEFTOVER NIGHT, can you make a double batch of one of the recipes in your menu to use those ingredients?  If so, will you need to include a few grocery items to accommodate make a double recipe?
  • Review the foods that were tossed in the trash.  If you threw food away, remember to buy smaller quantities as you shop at different stores
  • Review the weekly sales circulars from stores you will use.  You should already know the regular  prices, so you will be able to flip through every circular in only SECONDS to know if the items included in the circulars are good deals or not
  • If some stores have better prices that others, print the sales circular and bring it with you when you go shopping.  Many stores will match their competitors’ prices as long as you can show them their competitors’ weekly circular to prove the prices
  • Check the Loss Leader items.  If you can use any of those items, schedule a separate trip to the supermarket only for those items
  • When you have used farmers’ markets, butchers, seafood stores, dollar stores, etc. enough you will know if you can get better prices there as opposed to the supermarket.  Note where you will get items on your grocery list
  • Make a note next to the items where you will buy each item
  • Put a checkmark by the items you will use immediately and which will be used later in the menu cycle.  The reason is so that you know whether to take the food items from the front of the display or the back
  • Which gas advantage program will you use?
  • Upload eCoupons to your loyalty card so the coupons will automatically be deducted at checkout
  • Quickly review coupon matching programs for items on your grocery list
  • By now you should know if the stores you use will match their competitors’ coupons.  If so, print coupons from competitors and bring those with you
  • Activate potential rebates on apps
  • Which credit card will you use?  If you will not use a credit card, will you use a gift card?  If the answer is ‘no’ to either question, consider what creative techniques you will use
  • Engage your family.  Let them know that you will need their help as soon as you get home from the supermarket, farmers’ market, butcher, bakeries, etc.  Tasks will include re-packaging meats from family size packages, prepping foods, putting everything away, updating the inventory, etc.
  • Have you considered ways to increase rewards points such as ordering non-perishable items online and having them delivered to the supermarket?  Only consider products that are cheaper when purchased online
  • Grab a snack before going to any food-related stores
  • Remember to start your grocery shopping in the center aisles of the supermarket.  Save meat, dairy, and frozen food items for last
  • Remember to check the Reduced for Quick Sale rack.  Some of the foods on your grocery list may be there.  Other foods will be such a great deal that you will need to adjust your menu to accommodate those items.  Make a note at the bottom of your grocery list if you do that so you remember what menu items to shuffle to the next week.  If you color coded your grocery list, you will also know what ingredients are involved in those recipes and what item to cross off your menu
  • Remember to check the Reduced for Quick Sale rack.  Some of the foods on your grocery list may be there.  Other foods will be such a great deal that you will need to adjust your menu to accommodate those items.  Make a note at the bottom of your grocery list if you do that so you remember what menu items to shuffle to the next week.  If you color coded your grocery list, you will also know what ingredients are involved in those recipes and what item to cross off your menu
  • If advertised sale items are all gone, remember to ask for a raincheck
  • Price out family packs of meats, whether you get the meat at the supermarket or butcher.  If the price of the family pack is better than individual packs of meat, remember that you will need to re-package those meats as soon as you get home

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