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Grocery Bill Was 'Out of Control,' but Year-Long Meal Plan Saves Texas Woman Time and Money

While grocery bill was "out of control," a meal plan saved Leslie Chisolm money.

ByABC News via logo
January 20, 2010, 9:01 PM

FRIENDSWOOD, Texas, Jan. 21, 2010— -- FRIENDSWOOD, Texas (KTRK) -- Do you know what you're cooking for dinner tonight? Planning ahead can be a great way to save time and money but one woman is taking it to a whole new level.

It may be hard to believe, but a Friendswood mom not only knows what she is feeding her family every single night of the week, she has it all planned out for the entire year! She says having a plan has cut her grocery bill by more than half and she's sharing her strategy with us.

Leslie Chisolm admits keeping up with a family of six that includes four boys is not easy.

"It's kind of like a circus," she told KTRK's Patricia Lopez. "There is something going on all the time."

That's why dinner time has to be organized.

"They know exactly what they are having," Chisolm explained. "It's easier on me because I know what we are having. I don't stress out and say what am I going to cook tonight, what am I going to cook tonight?"

Chisolm and her husband came up with the idea to plan every single dinner for the entire year after trips to the grocery store were getting expensive.

She recalled, "It was two years ago and my husband looked at me and said, 'Our grocery bill is out of control.'"

Click here to see Leslie Chisolm's meal calendar for 2009.