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Oneeka Gregory 10-15-16
Meal Planning for 7 days - Shopping Experience
During the course of this meal planning assignment I have learned a lot about myself and my family. I’ve learned that we don’t follow the food plate guidelines, I’ve learned that we over budget when it comes to groceries, and most important of all I’ve learned that by following up this assignment in real life we could save at least $40.00. This assignment was riveting I was truly interested in the outcome my doings. I can even come to say I was surprised seeing that in real life I spend about $190.00 on groceries but in this assignment I only spent $132.26 plus 6% tax which would bring it up to $140.22 The reason why I think I was able to stay within the given budget of $162.25 was because one I used all left over ingredients, Two I saved money by trying to use alternative to the expensive foods. For example, instead of buying an $11.00 salmon I would by some Tilapia which coast an average of about $6.00-8.00 that’s saving almost $3.00. And let me tell you those dollars add up. Another thing I did was buy foods that can server more last longer and be used for multiple dishes, such as potatoes. Five tips that I think would help anyone to stay within a given budget would be. One create a list, creating a list can be very helpful it gives you an idea of what you want before going to the store so you can get what you need and what you need only. The website peapod.com is a great site to help someone do this. The second thing someone can do is compare the quantity or serving size of items, make sure when you do your shopping you by items that come in a reasonable portion at a reasonable price and that is can be used to make multiple dishes. The third thing someone can do is avoid the brand name because there’s always going to be a cheaper, healthier, and just as good alternative. My fourth tip is to do your grocery shopping without your kids, I know you all (who have kids) love them to death but the grocery store is the wrong place especially if you are trying to save money, if you do happen to bring your kids along make sure you and them establish the rule No Means No! The last tip that I have that I think will help anyone who wants to stay on budget while grocery shopping is buy everything you need first and if you have extra money then get something you or your kids might want. During the grocery trip that I had the opportunity to go on I learned a lot I home that I take all the advice I’ve been taught and all of the tips discussed in this essay seriously.