For a while now, I have been posting my montly menus on Facebook. Well, I decided to create a blog so that more people will have the opportunity to check in and hopefully be inspired. As for the name of the blog, Sherri's Sanity, that is what montly menu planning is for me; my sanity. With 3 young kids, I do NOT have the patience for the clock to turn 5 and have no plan for dinner, it just adds to the craziness to the "witching hours" (those insane hours at the end of the day where we, moms, try to jam-pack 4 hours worth of stuff into 2) I HATE the hours of 5pm-8pm. BUT I have found that in my (almost) year of planning monthly menus, I have been so much less of a headcase during that time. When mom is happier, hubby and kids are happier. AND their tummies will be filled with yummy homemade food; even better!!Now, this blog will definitely take time to put together. Once again, I am a mother of 3 small kids and although I wish I could just sit down and crack it all out, that just isnt going to happen. So, check back often and I will try and keep things rolling. :) Another thing that fills my bucket, so to speak, is crafting! So I'm sure that will come along on the blog shortly too. Happy planning!!!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

It's mid-month!

I know I mentioned that I shop again mid-month, so I didn't want to leave everyone hanging without a post.  For those of you in AZ I wanted to share my very favorite website for coupon and sale match-ups www.thecentsableshoppin.com.  She will list deals from all the big grocery stores and right there will be a link for a printable coupon (if there is one available) or if there was one from a past newspaper. You can even click the items to create a shopping list.

So, what I usually do is make a list from each store, gather all my coupons and head to WalMart.  At WalMart I'll compare everything on my list to the prices there.  If it really is a good deal (because sometimes regular price at WalMart is cheaper and that takes away the urgency to buy certain things), I will price match it. There is one catch; if I have a coupon for said item, I take into consideration the extra savings I would get after doubling at the other store. So basically, I usually only use high value coupons at WalMart.  What usually ends up happening (because I really dont like to store hop) is I will price match Bashas, Safeway and Albertsons at WalMart and then make a Frys run as well. Fry's usually has the best/most deals and all coupons are worth $1 :)

Just a reminder, what I'm usually buying mid-month is toiletries, cereal, snacks, baking and other shelf staples that are on sale as well as meats that are on sale. Yes, I have an extra freezer, and yes I have extra shelf storage (but NOTHING like those crazies on TV).  I think both are essential to saving money. For example, today I was able to buy a large pork tenderloin for $18 (reg around $50) and cut it into 6 roasts. You do the math. It's sooo important to buy on sale!

Here's a few things on my list for this week...

Mott's Apple Juice 64 oz. $1.88 ea
Precious String Cheese 13.3-16 oz $3.99
Milk $1.57 gal. (Lim 2)
Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks 4.5 -8 oz. $0.99 ea. wyb 4
Nature Valley Granola Bars $1.77 with in-ad coupon (Lim 4)
Post Honey Bunches of Oats 14.5 oz or Fruity Pebbles 11 oz
General Mills Cereal 8.9 oz Cheerios, 12.3 oz Frosted Crunch or 10.7 oz Trix $1.88 with in-ad coupon (Lim 4)


  1. I also check Pro's Ranch Market and Food City's ads (from their website, we don't get them in our paper) - they have great produce and meat deals that I ad match at Walmart!

    1. I don't buy meat or produce at WalMart. Just a person preference ;)