I have decided that I need to change the way I grocery shop. I have been thinking a lot about this, so I decided to do a post on it. I am curious how all of you fit grocery shopping into your schedule. What works for you?
For the last five years I have done my main grocery shopping on my girls’ piano days. The piano teacher lived about 25 minutes from our house, but she lived near in an area near several stores. So, I would grocery shop during and after lessons. This worked great I could get what I needed and also take advantage of any sales that I wanted to.
The problem now is that our piano teacher retired. We found a new piano teacher that we really like and she actually lives closer to us. This is nice, but we don’t have much for grocery shopping close to us. We have a Walmart super center and a pretty small grocery store. I don’t mind buying a few items from these stores, but because we are a smaller town the prices are quite a bit higher. So, I no longer will be able to fit my shopping trips in on piano day.
My other problem is that this year will be the first year I have three kids taking piano lessons. So, it will take up most of one afternoon. Our new teacher also requires a separate group theory class. I think my kids will enjoy this class, but that means an extra day each week to be gone. Between the two things we will be gone two afternoons each week.
The other thing that I have to fit into my schedule is shopping and errands for my husband’s office. I go to Sam’s and the office supply store at least once a month, sometimes more, for supplies. I usually try to fit in an extra stop or two when I do this. But in the past have not done much regular grocery shopping on these days.
I have been trying to figure out how I can fit my grocery shopping into my schedule. I am not sure where to fit it in, but I know it has to fit somewhere. I know something has to change because I can no longer do my main shopping on piano day. I also know that I do now want to be gone from home another afternoon each week in order to do weekly grocery shopping.
So, here is the plan that I am going to try. I am going to try it for the next month or two and see how it goes. I am going to switch to monthly shopping. I plan on doing my main shopping when I run errands for the business. I figure I can do a big shopping day and get the majority of the items I need. Then I can shop weekly at the Walmart supercenter that is near me for items like bread, milk, and produce. I plan on having two shopping list that I work off of. One for my weekly items and one for my monthly items. This way if we run out of something that we need right away I can get it. But if it is something that can wait, it will go on my monthly list. I think this will keep things more simple.
This is going to be hard for me. I am going to struggle to adjust. I know that. I won’t be able to shop many sales. I may have to pay more for my produce and dairy products if I shop locally. I may end up spending a little more on my groceries. I am going to work at not spending more, but I may have to.
I am also going to have to plan better. I will need to stock up on things so that they last all month. I will have to figure out how much flour, pasta, etc we will need because I won’t be shopping weekly. All these things are going to take adjusting to, but I think it will work best at this time for our family.
Since I have been thinking about all of this, I am wondering how you shop? Do you shop weekly, twice a month, monthly, or as needed? Do you live close to stores and is it convenient to run out and get something like milk? Or are you like me and live in the country and have limited stores near you? I am really curious what works for you?