How it works:
1. Get Organized
I like to be really organized so in order to maximize my time (long term) I set up an excel spreadsheet. This spreadsheet is a three week menu planner.. I took time to be sure to differentiate between the main proteins (chicken, beef, pork) and tried (although I could do better) to incorporate some vegetarian meals into my menu.
Next, after the menu is planned you list out all of the grocery items you need for that menu. I don’t include staples like spices and baking supplies, this is just the main consumables you’ll need for that meal. When you’re done you should have three weeks worth of menus planned, each with it’s own shopping list.
After each menu is written out with its groceries I add a list of other “regular” groceries I”ll need for the week. That’s typically consumable things like milk, fruit, juice, bread that we need on a weekly basis.
2. Set up your account
I won’t go through the step by step instructions as the process is really easy, but go to https://shop.saveonfoods.com and set up your account.
3. Create your first list
This is where you put all of the grocery items that you’ll need for your “Week One Menu ” Don’t include the regular weekly groceries, JUST the items you need for menu plan number one. Add the exact items you need to your cart (the fastest way is to use their handy search function). Once you’re done, save that list and repeat the process by adding a Week 2 and Week 3 list.
4. Create a standard list
Create a list that you will order every week. The staples! Save as “Standard List.”
5. Get ready to place your first order!
6. Check for sales
Check the flyers to see if there are any items on sale that you want to add to your cart.
7. Last minute items
8. Choose your delivery
You can choose your delivery time. My trick? I always have groceries delivered on Sunday nights between 8 – 10 pm. I order ALL Of my groceries 3 weeks in advance and then every sunday night my fridge is restocked. After 8 is also the cheapest time for delivery at a mere $4.95. (It saves me an hour of time and is cheaper then gas)
10. Go on an Adventure!
Once you’ve got this all set up it takes between 2 -3 minutes to place your weekly order. This has saved me about 4 hours per month on grocery shopping which means I have more time for biking, swimming, running, or playing with my kids. It also saves us money as we aren’t shopping for random items, we stick to a schedule and a menu, and overall eat healthier too!