Are you one of those people that put the weekly flyers in the recycle bin?

I know so many people who do this. You are not alone. I have asked friends why and the resounding answer is that they have no interest in leafing through the flyers, it just takes too much time. Really? Skimming a flyer takes less than 5 minutes and can save you hundreds in a year.

Yup, you read that correctly-hundreds.

A few bucks here, a few bucks there, and it all adds up. Listen, you have no qualms about waiting in the drive-through for your coffee from Starbucks or Timmies, right? So why not spend a bit of time (less time than waiting for your non-fat latte) going through a flyer?

If you are remotely intrigued with your flyers but have no idea where to begin, then you have popped in at the right time and the perfect place. Let’s take it one step at a time, shall we?

Step 1: Be daring…open your flyer

Think about the grocery store that you most often frequent. Chances are there is a weekly flyer that is delivered to your door. Go on. Grab it. Now open it. Alright, friend, you are halfway there!

Step 2: Baby Steps

The easiest thing to do is to take baby steps. You know your grocery list that you create each week before going to the grocery store? Have it beside you along with your pen. Check out the first page. Anything grab you that you know you can use for lunch or dinner? Add it to your list.

Step 3: Start Thinking

So listen, in the flyers, there is are always veggies, fruit, and meat on sale. Shift your mindset. Look at the meat that is on sale and ask yourself what you could make with it. Then look at the veggies and think about what you can accompany your meat with. Add these items to your grocery list.

Step 4: And The Plan Will Come Together

Let’s walk through this together using an example. The flyer that is close to me has chicken drumsticks/thighs on sale for $1.99/lb. They also have asparagus on sale for $1.88 a bunch. I have a great recipe that I want to try: Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken in the Instant Pot. It calls for bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs. The other ingredients are garlic, olive oil chicken broth, brown sugar, and apple cider vinegar-all items I already have in my pantry. I will roast the asparagus in the oven with a drizzle of olive oil and salt. Then I will make roasted potatoes in my air fryer, again, everything I already have on hand. Hey…guess what…? I just created a dinner for my family that will cost me less than $12!

Now You Are a Guru

It is seriously that simple. Listen, groceries are expensive. As the price of oil has shot through the roof, you are feeling it at the gas pump. For the same reason, the cost of groceries is getting more expensive to accommodate transporting the food to the grocery store.

Do these 4 steps intimidate you? Step out of your comfort zone and give it a whirl. Are you a person that shops with no list? Step out of your comfort zone and spend 10 minutes jotting down a few items to pick up. Even if you are not a planner, following these simple 4 steps for just 1 meal a week is a step in the right direction.

Need help? Just respond to this email and I can walk you through it. Heck, I will even create your weekly shopping list with you if you like!

You got this. Stay sassy friends.