I've never really planned menus because I like to have the flexibility to make whatever I'm in the mood for when I get home from work or on the weekends. I cook meals almost every night or we will have leftovers sometimes. However, after reading several blogs, most PF bloggers note that they do plan menus and it saves money.
At the grocery store, I will get ingredients for some basic meals but it usually changes. For instance, I usually buy ingredients for spaghetti and tacos. I will sometimes get ingredients for chili, homemade soup, roasts with potatoes and veggies, lasagna, etc. I do end up buying stuff that I already have at home sometimes like tomatoes or chicken.
I'm willing to give it a menu planning a try to save money on groceries. It's been pointed out to me that I should be spending much less on groceries than I am but I just can't seem to get it down.
Does menu planning really help with the grocery budget?