How many times do you go to a grocery store in a week? In a month? I’d guess that, if you’re like me, you’re picking up groceries at least four times a month. Did you know that some research suggests that an average of half of what we spend at every trip to the grocery store is the result of buying things we had not planned on buying?
In their book America’s Cheapest Family, authors Steve and Annette Economides suggest a monthly cycle that incorporates meal planning and grocery shopping just once a month as a way to save time and money. I have to say that I just placed a request to check out the eight year old book from our local library because I feel inspired by their challenge.
My biggest question, upon reading about it, was how to buy produce to last for a month. Their answer is simple. You eat foods that have a shorter self life first. So, in the first week, you would eat bananas, grapes, fresh berries. Produce like pears, lettuce, cucumbers, and peppers can last up to two weeks. Other produce, like apples, celery, carrots, and cabbage can last a month.
Meanwhile, milk, bread, and most cheeses can be frozen. Are you getting the vision for saving money AND time that I am?!
If you are like me, you may be thinking about space to keep all this food. If space is an issue, how about you join me to aim for two grocery trips per month. I’m inspired to aim for one trip per month, but taking two trips may be a nice baby step along the way.
Will you join me in this personal, financial challenge? I have a feeling there will be no regretting a challenge like this one.
How many trips to the grocery store do you make each week?
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