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Eat at Home Challenge Make a Grocery List #1

Welcome to my Eat at Home Challenge!

Look I know you are busy! I have 5 extremely active kids and we spend a lot of time on the road. It’s this busy lifestyle that leads us to eat eat out more often then we should. That is why this challenge exists! The Eat at Home Challenge is meant to change our mindset from  grabbing food to making food.

During the Eat at Home Challenge you will agree to eat at home for 30 days: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner! “Are you ready to get your family out of the car and  bring them back to the table?  Then JOIN NOW!

Assignment # 1 Make a Grocery List

The first step to successfully staying away from fast food restaurants is having plan. The first portion of the plan is to create a grocery list.

How to successfully make a Grocery List

A grocery list is simply a list of items you keep stocked in your home. Some of the things will be items that you should always have like salt and other things you may only pick up when you are making a certain recipe such as cilantro. Regardless, you pretty much have 3 ways to make a grocery list:

  1. Put up a blank sheet of paper and write down whatever you run out of as you go. This is the least effective way of making a list because you are relying on memory. Even if you walk around your house you still have to remember what is suppose to be there where with option 2&3 you just have to check a list.
    1. Plain ole piece of paper
    2. Write your list on an ink board
    3. Fold a paper in half and then in half again. You will end up with  4 squares. Write a different section of the store in each square….dairy in one square, produce  in one square, frozen  in one square etc….
    4. Sticky Notes
    5. black board paint on the fridge
  2. Create a computer generated list by walking around your house and taking an inventory of what you have and making a list from that information. If you go this route you are able to inventory things in your home and it is less likely you will run out of things you need.
  3. A premade list this works well too just be careful to pick a list that reflects your current lifestyle. For instance my youngest child is 5 so I do not need a list that includes diapers, wipes and baby food.
  4. You can use an app to make a list like Remember the Milk. I didn’t like the apps because my phone would drop the signal inside of WalMart and I was suddenly without a list. {{cry}} Also they can kill the app at any time like they did with Ziplist and if you’ve spent time setting up menus and stuff you would no longer have access to that.
    1. Grocery IQ
    2. Remember the Milk

Remember The Milk

To make life simpler you can always start with a generic grocery list and then customize it to fit your family. {{smile}}

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eatathomechallenge300Manage your Grocery List

Put your grocery list in a central place so anyone in you family can check off things as they realize they are needed. Before you go grocery shopping you will want to walk around your house with your list and look for additional items that may have been forgotten but need to be on the list. After a while you will learn which rooms need to be checked for me it’s my kid’s bathroom they constantly run out of conditioner and toothpaste and normally no one puts it on the list. {{Sigh}}

Once you have a grocery list make sure you take it with you to the store. When I grocery shop I have the following items with me.

  1. grocery list on a clip board
  2. calculator (aka phone if you are on a tight budget)
  3. pen
  4. coupons in holder
  5. Ads on clip board(if you match ads if you don’t, don’t worry about this)

 

Now your assignment today is to make a grocery list. If you’d like to download my meal plan please proceed to the next post in this challenge to procure your copy they will be available until January 15, 2016. After that they will be available to subscribers and to purchase.

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This week I am defrosting my freezer,  it is not frost free and it has frozen solid on two shelves.  so we decided to defrost it which has frankly been a nightmare, additionally since there is so much food in there we are eating through as much of it as possible. And due to the defrosting of the freezer and the “Eat at Home Challenge” I will be making a bunch of freezer meals to help me “Avoid the Fast Food Trap“.

Just a reminder we are a family of 7. I cook Beans, Rice & Cornbread once a week and we have left overs once a week which keeps our grocery costs down. Although my family is not carb conscious, I tend to eat low carb by avoiding the carb loaded foods my growing children can still enjoy.

  1. BBQ Chicken, french fries, corn
  2. Chicana, flour tortillas, refritos & rice
  3. Roast with crockpot potatoes & carrots
  4. King Ranch chicken
  5. chicken fried chicken, mashed taters, green beans
  6. Stir -fry chicken with rice
  7. Italian Sausage & Pepper sandwiches with salad
  8. BBQ Beef Sandwich
  9. Tomato Soup with grilled cheese sandwich
  10. BBQ Beef Soup
  11. Turkey pot pie
  12. Beans, Rice & Corn Bread
  13. Beans, Rice & Corn Bread
  14. Left-Overs
  15. Left Overs

Frozen meals

We are getting ready to embark on Track and Baseball for the kids so we will make these meals to enjoy in the busy days to come!

  1. Roast
  2. Chicana
  3. Beef Tips
  4. King Ranch Chicken
  5. (2) Chicken/Turkey pot pies
  6. meatloaf

Don’t forget to join the Eat at Home Challenge!

Assignment #2:  4 Steps to Make an Effective Menu Plan

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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayneand Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayne and Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

15 thoughts on “Eat at Home Challenge Make a Grocery List #1

  1. My husband and I use the shopping trip as our date time as well. We hit Costco and get a hot dog meal before going in. I know, I know $1.50 each its cheap and we get to spend time together so its a win win for us.

  2. We are SO on this eat-at-home challenge. It’s partially because my youngest son is going gluten free, and I am constantly looking around for something to make him, giving up, and running out to grab something. It’s frustrating since we normally keep a tight budget. Time to get it together! Thanks for the encouragement!

  3. Awesome idea and good luck with your challenge! If I weren’t headed back out on the road on Monday for the next few months, I would totally join. Eating out is always my biggest budget killer.

  4. What a great challenge. We eat at home all the time and it is pure habit now. Thank you for sharing these great tips no the Art of Home-Making Mondays! 🙂

  5. My freezer is starting to look like it needs to be defrosted. It’s one of those things that always gets put off until it’s crazy, right?

  6. Writing down stuff as we run out has really helped us. My kids and husband have learned that if they don’t write it down, they live without the item until the next grocery day. They hated that and got on board! Lol.

  7. Kyle,
    Wonderful, practical advice here! I’m working through this myself right now…I got started by working through the Grocery Budget Makeover by Eric Chase…
    Thank you for sharing this at Coffee & Conversation this week 🙂

  8. I totally feel you on the whole it is so much easier to eat out sometimes! I myself have a problem with it too! I can be cooking all day but even though I made all these delicious meals and they are packed neatly away for lunches for the week I am stuck worrying about dinner! I am proud to say though we have only eaten out 1 time this year so far. I want to go a month straight of not doing that! I hope to soon!
    I also want to invite you to join us at the Tips and Tricks Link Party! The link part is open 9pm Est. on Monday to midnight Thursday night est. I hope to see you there!

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