A Shopping System To Save You HOURS Of Your Time!

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!

Hi! I'm Christine...a stay-at-home mum to two tiny humans. My constant focus is having my home run as smoothly as possible. Keeping two kids alive, and maintaining my sanity is also a priority. Most Saturday nights, you can find me hunkered down watching Grey's Anatomy, and hopefully nibbling on some chocolate. :)

  • Meal planning is time consuming, but it is worth it! It helped me so much as a first-year teacher.

    • Christine Keys

      Yes! Absolutely! Although the way that I do it means that it is only time consuming the first time you have to work it all out. 🙂

  • This is perfect, I’m in the process of moving and this is so helpful, thank you!!!!

    • Christine Keys

      You’re so welcome! Good luck with the move! 🙂

  • Christina Schwartz

    I totally agree with this! I make a list and meal plan every Sunday! I would love to do it monthly, but my husband is gone so much on short notice I would probably waste more food that way. Great read!

    • Christine Keys

      Oh yeah, totally do what works!

  • Marcie

    I need to meal plan more! I love crockpot meals, but I never have the ingredients and by the time I run to the store to get them, I don’t have enough time for it to cook before dinner.

    • Christine Keys

      Right? I love using the crockpot too!

  • I personally need to do more planning on my meals! I used to and then I dont know – i stopped! Meal planning def helped me save money rather than going to the grocery store and just buying everything and anything. (haha!) Great advice and list!

    • Christine Keys

      It helps for sure. 🙂

  • T-Nicole Johnson

    This looks like wonderful information to have. I’ve always wanted to switch to shopping once a month.

    • Christine Keys

      It makes life so much easier. 🙂

  • Torché Nash

    So many great tips! Like you, I always plan weeks ahead. It really does help to save money by planning ahead!

    • Christine Keys