Do you find yourself constantly in the grocery store week after week, throwing random items into your cart? As you may have already learned, grocery shopping once or more per week can quickly add up and obliterate your grocery budget in no time flat. Plus, you likely end up purchasing things you truly do not need. Instead, plan to make one single grocery trip every other week. While some families choose to take it further and shop once a month, twice a month seems more reasonable based on how much of the population is paid. Here are some tips to help you plan your shopping so that you can buy all of your groceries in two single shopping trips in one month:
Think about Your Family
One of the first things you need to think about is your family dynamic. How many meals do you eat from home? Are you all home for lunch or away all day? Do you pack meals to take on outings or to school? How much fresh produce and dairy do you use each week? How big is your grocery budget? All of these things are going to factor into your two-week shopping plan. Understand that you will be purchasing a larger quantity of food than you would if you were shopping more frequently. Use this information to develop a way to best shop for your family.
Have a Game Plan
Have a plan in place so that you know what you need to purchase and in how large of a quantity. The first thing to do is to think about your menu for the next two weeks. If you were not already menu planning, now would be a great time to start. Get a calendar and think about some of your family’s favorite meals. Jot them down on the two-week period in which you are shopping. While you are coming up with meal ideas, take a glance into your refrigerator and pantry to see what you already have on hand so that you do not double purchase at the grocery store.
Make a List
Next, you need to have a very detailed grocery list. Search your kitchen to see what you have on hand to make the meals you need, and add any missing items to your list. Also think about the number of times you intend on making that meal in the two-week period. For example, if you intend to make tacos every Tuesday, be sure you purchase enough ingredients to make two meals. Think very carefully about how much of every ingredient you will need for the next two weeks so that you do not find yourself in the store to pick up something you forgot.
Snacks and Other Items
You also need to think about other grocery items other than your three main meals of the day. If you know your family likes to snack, be sure to get enough to last a full two weeks. If you know your children will eat a box of cereal in three days, count out how many boxes you will need to buy in order to have enough until your next shopping trip.
If you are thinking that you cannot grocery shop twice monthly because of the need for fresh items, rest assured that it can be done. You just have to use your produce and dairy smartly. Use the items that lose freshness the fastest first, such as bananas or lettuce, and then move on to using everything else. For more grocery shopping tips and tricks to save money, visit the iRazoo blog.