Last week I shared how I thought that if I only went to the grocery store at least 3 times per week to only pick up the stuff I actually needed, would save me money. I would plan my meals 2 days in advance to use up everything in my house. This way I could use up the produce and bread products I already had so I didn’t throw them away.
I would say this first week was a success. When I do a big shopping trip, I spend about $150. I hate to throw things away – so I think this method is going to work for us. Here’s what I spent:
- Kroger – $18
- Walmart $26
- Kroger $15
Most of the items I bought were milk, lunch meat, bread, and produce items. I spent $59 – which is a lot less than the $150 I usually spend. Plus we didn’t throw away much this week.
It works out well for us because stuff comes up and I don’t get to use everything I have already bought. For example – a doctor appointment runs long and you are far from home and you still have to run errands – so you grab lunch while you are out. Or someone invites you over for dinner and you now have an extra meal that you can prepare for the week.
Since my kids start school this week, I went to Kroger last night. I did spend $100 on things so that they have items for lunch and snacks for the week. They were having a lot of sales so I picked up a few things that should also get us through this week and next week of school. I am sure I will just need to grab some fruit and bread.
So far I think this is going to help our grocery budget. I am not a big fan of stockpiling anymore. I don’t like the clutter and we do waste some of the food I buy. Plus I don’t have time to be a full fledge couponer. I will use the digital coupons (Kroger has excellent digital coupons) and I will get a Sunday paper for coupons. But I don’t plan on running from store to store just to save a few bucks anymore.
So what do you think? Do you think this method of shopping will work for you? I understand if you live very far from a store that this couldn’t work. But my Kroger and Walmart are less than a mile away.
You can read my original post Why Grocery Shopping More Often Will Save Me Money to see if this method could help you!
If you like to make a meal plan make sure you check out my 40 Crock Pot Freezer Meals. I love to have these dinners in my freezer for our busy days. It’s also perfect for Back to School time! I even have a printable grocery list to make it easy!