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  1. Great tips! I utilize several of these tactics myself. Meal planning is one sure fire idea that helps me stay on budget.

    1. theanalyticalmommy says:

      Agreed! It’s the key for me too!

  2. Pantry shopping is such a big help! Great ideas to keep your shopping organized!

    1. theanalyticalmommy says:

      Agreed! And it keeps you from ending up with a pantry full or expired or stale food! I hate throwing out food !!

  3. I think one of the biggest things is keeping that pantry organized! I’ve definitely bought duplicates because I didn’t know we already had what I needed. I usually have to clean it out and get it organized once or twice a month. It’s hard when you live with people who don’t care if it gets messy 😉

    1. theanalyticalmommy says:

      Agreed!! I try to limit the pantry type food we buy so our pantry stays somewhat “enpty” and we can actually see what is in there ! That seems to help. It would help of others were as concerned with organizing though !!

  4. Wow great ideas here! I’m especially loving the tip to have the kids help pantry shop and put groceries away. Why oh why did I never think to ask my preschooler to help get all that food in the pantry, fridge and freezer?!

    1. theanalyticalmommy says:

      Same here ! I ask my six year old but there are definitely things my two year old could do too!

  5. I work full-time so finding the time to keep everything organized is very difficult but yesterday I started going through some cupboards (and found stuff I didn’t even know I had). I also started with freezer meals – these are so handy!

    1. theanalyticalmommy says:

      Freezer meals are an amazing help ! I haven’t done it in a few months but I go through phases where I make tons of freezer meals and they can be so helpful! Especially just before a big life event (like baby or surgery etc)

  6. Thank you for your suggestions . Great ideas! I need to start meal planning.

    1. theanalyticalmommy says:

      It really makes such a difference!! If you sign up for our newsletter you’ll get a great template and some more tips to walk you through getting started! I hope you like it !

  7. Meal planning saves me so much money every week! Love these tips 🙂

  8. Love these! I never thought of circling the meals that I don’t make, I usually just make those on the weekend then instead of having leftovers or PB&J’s. It would be easier to keep track of that way though. Thank you for sharing these, I am going to make my 4 year old go through the pantry with me tonight, she will love it.

  9. This is brilliant. I do weekly recipe plans and so on, but I’m often not good at sticking to them. But I do love the idea of preparing and freezing everything the moment you get home, instead of just sticking it away to do later!