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Observation: Grocery shopping more often actually saves money and time

May 16th, 2008 at 12:45 am


I am pleased to report that in the past week (since Monday) I have grocery shopped twice. I lacked a lot of enthusiasm for big menu plans, plus I'm rather tired of couponing (unless it is something I use regularly in a brand I prefer).

On Monday I had to get milk and produce and a few odd staples for dinner. I spent $24.00.

Today I shopped again, getting two more gallons of milk, fresh fruit, ground sirloin/ground turkey for tonight's meatloaf muffins (planned for earlier in the week), tomorrow's chili, and dinner on Saturday. Aside from the fact that I paid $3 for furniture polish and would be cheaper at Walmart, I spent $36.

I am doing far better cooking from scratch as far as snacks for the kids and by having a juice alternative I am saving money on milk.

I also hit Michael's and Joanne's using coupons (40% and 50% off) I am still stock-piling travel items for the car trip down to Florida which is a week away.

If I keep this up, I might actually have a budget for groceries that I am proud of.

I do plan to try to geton a system where I go to Sam's Club once a month for stocking up on thigns like vitamins and Zyrtec.

And I'm able to zip in and out in about 1/2 the time. And I'm grouping my errands and outing to economize on the gas.

Just an interesting observation I had to share ...

3 Responses to “Observation: Grocery shopping more often actually saves money and time”

  1. thriftorama Says:

    We're at the grocery store multiple times each week ,too. we are terrible meal planners! So, I understand where you are coming from. We also eat a lot of fresh veggies and it's hard to stock up on those too far in advance...

  2. Petunia Says:

    I know that when my fridge is full I lose track of what's in there and food is wasted - some times a lot of food. With regular trips to the store to buy only a few items a person wouldn't have that problem.

  3. sagegirl Says:

    Ideally, I shop once a week, but there is always an inevitable trip, usually around Wednesday, for more milk or eggs. I am a pretty good meal planner, but I can only do a week at a time. I know a lady that plans her meals a month at a time. That would be too much for me.

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