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Grocery Shop Once a Month and Save Big!

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Your family is eating money. At least it probably seems like that. Groceries are one of the largest monthly bills for families. Fortunately, they are also one of the areas you can save money on groceries if you cut out trips to the store. Grocery shop once a month and you can save big!

When my husband and I were first married we’d make our bi-weekly trek to the grocery store where we’d punch numbers into a calculator in an effort to save money. I remember walking around the store with my calculator and praying that I could get everything we needed. We followed a strict budget and were always conscious of that budget We did all the normal things the people do to save money on groceries. Things like:

  • Clipping coupons
  • Shopping at multiple stores
  • Shopping the sales
  • Hitting up case lot sales
  • Growing a garden
  • Cutting out premade or freezer meals
  • Buying the “manager specials”

We had a strict grocery budget. In fact, years later we still have a pretty strict grocery budget. However, we no longer clip coupons. I am lucky if I haul my four kids to the Walmart pickup, let alone multiple grocery stores. Out of the last four years we’ve only had a small garden once. And, I’ve learned that having a few store-bought, pre-made freezer meals will save us money on eating out.

Even skipping all of those money-saving tactics, my husband and I save money on groceries every month. How? We shop less. As simple as it sounds, we’ve found that the less we step foot in a grocery store, the less we’ll spend.

Cut out unnecessary trips to the grocery store

grocery shop once a month

We learned this as a slow progression. First, we stopped grocery shopping more than once a week. Then we spaced it out to every two weeks. We even attempted to go a whole month between trips for a while. Today, we do one big grocery shopping trip at the beginning of the month and then we might go to the store once or twice more during the month for fresh produce.

As far as spending is concerned, we usually spend a few hundred dollars at the beginning of the month, and $50 or less on one or two trips later in the month for fresh produce. This one simple change saves us oodles of time and hundreds of dollars per year.

How to save money when you grocery shop once a month

I know. You are convinced there is no way your family could live with just two shopping trips a month. I promise, it’s possible. You might even be saying, “well I bet they don’t eat healthy.” I promise we do. You’ll need a few key ingredients to help your groceries stretch between shopping trips.

Utilize Your Freezer

We use a large chest freezer. All the time. Nearly everything goes into our chest freezer. From meat to frozen fruits and veggies, to cookie dough balls. Even butter and milk freeze well. We love cutting up things like onions and freezing them in half cup portions to make for quick and easy meal preparation later.

Our family is on the larger side with six of us, so our freezer is large. If it’s just one or two of you, however, you could probably use the smaller freezer attached to your refrigerator.

Not only does the freezer save us money, it also saves me time! We like to make freezer meals every six weeks and it saves us so much time and mental effort. I love this cookbook and couldn’t live without my bag holders!

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Bring a grocery list to save money when you grocery shop once a month

Don’t expect to walk into the grocery store at the beginning of the month with your entire grocery budget and walk out with the things you’ll absolutely need for the month unless you have a plan. Take some time to construct a list of your family’s essentials. I have a list that my family uses every month. It is comprehensive enough that I can review it each month, cross out the things we don’t need, and use it to remember everything else. I love these grocery lists!

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Meal plan

Meal planning is not always fun. Doing it for an entire month might even feel like torture. Sit down and brainstorm a list of your family’s favorite meals. If you cook five nights a week, you’ll need around 20 meal ideas for the month. Write those ideas down and add extra necessary ingredients to your list. It takes a little coordinating, but if you plan on making a grocery store run later in the month for produce like we do, wait until that later trip to buy produce items for at least part of your meals. This will give you fresh supplies later. For everything else (cans of food, tortillas, etc) purchase at the beginning of the month.

Learn to wait

I know it sounds hard. We live in a time of instant gratification. But, the thing about spreading out your shopping trips is that you’ll learn to wait. If you run out of something, you wait until you go again. Sure, it’s a little inconvenient at times. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve wanted to eat a banana and we’ve been within a few days of a shopping trip, so I wait. Instead I grab an apple from the fridge.

Cutting back on the number of trips you make to the grocery store will save you money. Unless you’ve got unlimited self-control, every time you go to the grocery store you buy more than you need. Limiting your trips will limit the extras. Instead you’ll learn to cook more at home (which is healthier anyway). You’ll cut out the junk. You’ll learn to buy only what you really need.

Do we ever break down and go to the store before it’s time? Sure. It’s not about denying yourself no matter the cost. Sometimes you really do need to go to the grocery store. But, cutting back on the number of times you shop will save you money overall.

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1 thought on “Grocery Shop Once a Month and Save Big!”

  1. I couldn’t agree with this more! I try to stay out of the stores except for my bi-weekly shopping trips, unless we run out of milk or fruit!

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