Once upon a time I enjoyed doing the groceries. It was when I was single and without children. The first time I started to dislike it was when I was pregnant with my son. I dreaded the weekly trip – maneuvering the trolley around other people, packing the groceries into the car, and then unpacking them again when I arrived home. I continued to shop weekly for some time, but when my son was a toddler and I was expecting my daughter, I knew something had to change. That is when I started using a shopping system. It was a little work to set up at the beginning, but now I couldn’t imagine going to back to the way things were before. Here is what I did:
I Switched To Shopping Monthly
We were already working towards a monthly budget plan, so switching over to shopping monthly wasn’t all that big of a deal on that front. However, if you do budget weekly, or bi-weekly, you will have to make allowance for the initial cost of buying a month’s worth of groceries at once. Doing one big shop is quite a job, but as it is only once a month I haven’t minded at all.
I Created a Meal Plan
Shopping monthly…or shopping at all is made much more effective with the assistance of a meal plan. It gives you a guide that will help you to shop intentionally. Not only that, but it will make it a thousand times easier when you don’t have to be scrambling around at 5 pm trying to think what you should cook for dinner.
I like to think of my meal plan as just that. It is a plan, but we all know that plans don’t always go according to our will (hello children!). I have all my meals planned for a month but I’m happy to switch things or at times order take out when the need arises. 🙂
I Created A Home Inventory
This step has without doubt saved me countless hours as well as money! Knowing exactly what we need and when we need it has helped me to shop with great accuracy. I don’t buy double, neither do I tend to under-stock what we need.
Think of it, mama. One trip. You only have to make one trip. No big outing with the kids every week into the manic grocery store. Instead, you can do like I do and have you husband watch them while you go and get everything you need for an entire month.
I’ve created an email series to teach you exactly how to create this home system for yourself. It is completely free and only 3-days long, so it won’t take up a bunch of your precious time. I promise you it will be worth it. 🙂
Until next time!