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Ten Tricks for Successful Once-A-Month Grocery Shopping

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Once-A-Month Grocery Shopping

Once-A-Month Grocery Shopping is a huge blessing and time saver for me. By Shopping once a month I’m only buying groceries 12 times per year!   I wanted to share 10 tricks that help make it successful.

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 Successful Once-A-Month Grocery Shopping.

Menu Plan –   I plan our meals for the month, you can read about some of those here.   Meal planning saves money because by doing so in advance I’m not stuck wondering “what’s for dinner.” There’s not the temptation to order pizza – so that saves money too. Having a meal plan helps me to focus on exactly what I need to buy. You’ll find you also save money by being able to buy meat and cheese in bulk. Jolathe made a great meal planner form that you might want to check out.
Make a Master List –  Create for yourself a list of e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g that you will need for the entire month.  Include food products, toiletries, cat food, you name it.  It’s the same as a weekly shopping list only you multiply those items by four.  How much meat do you use per week, x4.   I even buy all my milk & bread for the month and freeze it.  Here are a variety of shopping list and menu planning forms from Money Saving Mom.
Make a list of stores and additional stops for the day.  I usually go to at least two stores. I find I need a list of my stops for the day or I’ll forget.  This also saves me gas by planning  shopping along my driving route.
Get to bed early – The night before the big shopping day, I make sure that we’re all to be early.  You’ll want your rest {also, wear good shoes}.
Make it a learning focused family day – I have done O-A-M grocery shopping in just about every configuration.  My favorite is when I have all five kids and my husband with me. This may be some people’s idea of crazy.  I call it my idea of FUN! I love turning anything we possibly can into a family event. We do fun activities like rounding items to the nearest dollar and keep a running total.  Usually we find our estimated total comes out very close to the actual total.  The kids love this.
Make it special – Sometimes I’m able to just take one child.  I then use this time to have one-to-one time.  We shop, talk, joke and I let them pick someplace special for lunch.

Eat a good breakfast –  You need your energy.  I don’t like to tackle shopping, let alone food shopping, while I’m hungry. Eating beforehand will save you money on impulse buying.
Start Early – It’s a 6 hour outing—easy. But remember, it’s only 12 times per year!  The sooner we get out the door, the sooner we get home.
Unload & put away the same day – I like to get it all done and be “free” of it in the same day.  It’s tempting – and sometimes we have,  just put away the perishable items and leave the non-perishable until the next morning.  However, I prefer not to do this, because then IT’S DONE!!! Each of the children has an organization job.  J is in-charge of refrigerators & freezers.  Z is in charge of pantry organization. N helps the family bring in bags and puts away small items like yogurt and bread.
Treat yourself to a nice meal OUT – Yes, even though you’re saving money by cutting down on your shopping days, food waste & gas it’s still nice to eat out.  This also means I don’t have to serve a meal when we get home.

I like having everything I need upfront for all of our meals.  Also, It’s a fact that if I’m not in the store than I’m not spending money SmileI’m sure we all have found ourselves running into the store to pick up “just a few items,” only to come out with a cart full an hour later {or is that just me?!}

What are ways you save money on groceries?

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