My Story: Once-A-Month Grocery Shopping
contributed by Judith
Going Beyond Cheap Recipes
My Story: Secrets of a Grocery Clerk
I have discovered that grocery shopping once a month is one major way of saving money. Particularly in combination with other activities, monthly shopping can save a heap of money.
This was a gradual process for me. When I decided to make the move, I was shopping weekly because I had a very small freezer. Now I have a good-sized chest freezer. I started by dropping back to visiting the supermarket once every two weeks. Even though I allowed a budget of double what I had previously spent each week, I found that I seldom needed to spend that much. Shopping less often certainly reduced the impulse purchases. It seemed relatively easy to work out how much of each item I needed to last me two weeks. Some things were already packaged in quantities that would last me longer so I wasn't buying every item each shopping trip.
Once I was ready to take the leap to shopping just once a month, I was very lucky to discover a new supermarket. It not only had a lot more product choices than the one I had shopped at for more than ten years, but also had a lot of regular major bargains. This meant that I was able to inexpensively stock up on the fillers such as rice, pasta, bread, and canned goods. Now, I always have the makings of a meal in my cupboards or my freezer. I refuse to go to a supermarket or corner store for just one thing.
Although the simple change to monthly shopping has saved me money on its own, other additional activities have increased the savings:
- I cook up my own pet food from bargain-priced bulk frozen meat, rice, and vegetables from the garden. Mixed with inexpensive dry food, this feeds my dogs and cats.
- I grow most of my own fruit and vegetables.
- Eventually, I plan to do all my own baking and this will mean that I will buy ingredients such as flour.
- I live on a five-acre small farm and am progressing towards producing my own eggs, dairy products, and eventually meat.
I found it very empowering to only have to go to a supermarket once a month. Supermarket shopping previously was not enjoyable, but now I feel more in control of the whole process of provisioning myself.
The whole challenge of shopping less often can get quite addictive and some people might be tempted to try to shop even less often than once a month. However, I find that it suits me best to shop monthly.
"My Story" is a regular feature of The Dollar Stretcher. If you have a story that could help save time or money please send it by mailto:MyStory@stretcher.com
Take the Next Step
- Check out our coupon page and save money on your favorite products.
- Visit our Pinterest board for Smart Couponing and Grocery Budgeting
- For all things "Groceries & Food," please visit the Dollar Stretcher library section.
Share your thoughts about this article with the editor: Click Here
Trending on TDS
- How to get retired parents to spend money on themselves
- Video: Avoiding vacation debt & regret
- Let's play with edible clay!
- How to create an outside science wall for your kids
- Great ways to give gifts
- 6 things to consider before taking on the care of elderly parents
- 6 cheap, effective home security solutions
- Grocery items you can find on sale in September
- Teen texting-while-driving cost: No LOL
- 5 colleges where your kid can go to school for free
- 6 secrets to saving more at discount stores
- What is the cost of raising a child?
- Spouse income calculator
- Should my spouse work, too?
- College savings calculator
- Home budget calculator