I am a Grocery Ninja. In and out in 20 minutes, and I save enough at the grocery store alone each year to fund my Mason Jar Vacation Challenge. A HUGE part of that is aligning my shopping list with what’s on sale each week.
How do I know what’s on sale? I take a few minutes to peruse Kroger’s weekly ad and sale items on the company’s app. Generally, I do this every Thursday night before reading in bed. It takes less than five minutes to add sale items to my list, and I save around $20 per week.
Rather than structuring my weekly purchases by what I want to make, I simply look at what’s on sale and create meals around them. In doing so, meal planning is much simpler.
Some of my go-to recipes include pot roast (chuck roast, round roast), shepherd’s pie (ground beef), carnitas (pork shoulder or loin), barbecue pork chops, korean stew (chicken thighs), cajun chicken pasta (chicken breast), and sausage and sauerkraut (smoked sausage).
Notice the variety of meats in the recipes above. At any given time a number of them will be on sale - often saving a dollar or more per pound.
As for the rest, I’ll purchase household goods when they’re on sale and stock up to avoid paying higher regular prices later. Produce is easy too because what’s in season is typically what’s on sale - resulting in peak ripeness and flavor.
What I don’t spend a lot on are prepackaged foods - most everything we eat is fresh with the exception of pasta sauces and instant potatoes (I loathe making mashed potatoes from scratch).
So, take a few minutes to download your grocer’s app and start shopping weekly ads and sales. You’ll easily pocket $500 or more in savings this year - more than a third of what you need to complete your Mason Jar Vacation Challenge.