Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Weekly Grocery Shopping vs. Monthly Grocery Shopping

The bf and I try to sit down at the beginning of every month, make a grocery list for the entire month , and head out to get everything. Then the plan for the remainder of the month is to stop by the grocery store weekly for any small item that we might need. The whole reasoning behind our madness is that we can buy meat in bulk. The bf cannot go a meal without meat. And meat is expensive. So this way, we can go to Sams and get a month's worth of meat at a lower cost per pound. But recently, I have been rethinking this idea. I wonder if it would be better to sit down at the beginning of every week and just make a grocery list for that week. Here are the reasons:

1. There won't be so much food leftover in the freezer/cabinets that goes unused for month's.

2. Each weekly grocery bill will be lower and can be easily calculated to see how much money can be spent towards the end of the month.

3. We can tell how much food we really need per week

How do each of you grocery shop? For the month, for the week, kinda both? I am really trying to pinch the pennies in this area of my budget. We spend a lot of money on food every month and just can't seem to cut back. And we do try to buy cheaper things and in bulk. We cook a lot of pasta, rice, and beans. All of which are fairly inexpensive. We have also started eating leftovers or smartones for lunch everyday instead of going out.

1 comment:

Natalie said...

Hi! I just found your blog. We save money by clipping coupons (it works) -- planning menus around what's on sale at the store, and buying things in bulk that are staples, i.e. cereal, meat, canned vegetables.