Saving money is on most people’s minds today. By grocery shopping every two weeks, I save both time and money. Here are my best tips!
There are so many ways to save money; couponing, stocking up, cooking from scratch, and more. One of my favorite ways to save both money and time is to grocery shop every two weeks.
You truly do not have to be at the grocery store every other day.
Here are my top 20 tips for grocery shopping every two weeks:
- Have a plan. There is no way you can go two weeks without going to the grocery store if you don’t have a detailed menu plan and a comprehensive shopping list.
- Plan smart. Plan meals with more perishable ingredients for the first week of your two-week menu plan. Save your meals with less perishable or nonperishable ingredients for the second week.
- Keep an ongoing shopping list. Whenever something is used up, it gets written on the shopping list.
- Keep your pantry well stocked. Keep track of what you eat, and keep the nonperishable ingredients for those meals on hand. (How to keep your pantry stocked)
- Stock your freezer. Frozen fruits, vegetables, and meats can be a lifesaver when you’re out of everything else. Breads keep well in the freezer too.
- Shop your pantry and freezer. Think you can’t go another day without going to the store? Look around the pantry and freezer, and you’ll probably find the makings for at least one meal.
- Learn how to make things yourself. If you can make your own bread, bagels, tortillas, cookies, yogurt, etc., you’ll be running to the store less often.
- Improvise. Forgot a key ingredient for one of your dinners this week? You’re a smart gal! Figure out something else you can use, or re-work the other ingredients to make something else.
- Grow a garden. It doesn’t have to be big: even a few herb plants can go a long way toward adding variety to your menu.
- Be grateful. You have food! Isn’t that an amazing blessing? Even if it doesn’t happen to be the exact sort of food you’ve been craving, it will fill up your stomach.
10 more tips to grocery shop every two weeks:
- Buy fruits and vegetables with a long shelf life. Apples keep longer than peaches. Pears keep longer than cherries. Carrots keep practically forever.
- Keep your fruits and veggies refrigerated. Fruit kept in the fridge lasts longer than fruit in a bowl on the counter. Refill your fruit bowl from the fridge every few days.
- Use frozen vegetables. Frozen vegetables are often comparable in price to fresh, and they cut down on preparation time. Plus they’ll keep for months!
- Buy milk when it’s on sale. Pour some of the milk out of the bottle, then freeze it. While it won’t be as great to drink, it will work perfectly fine for sauces.
- Buy lots of eggs. Eggs will keep for a really long time, for a month or more.
- Use or freeze meat quickly. If you’re not eating your meat within a few days of shopping, freeze it.
- Eat more beans. Beans are non-perishable and can be kept in the pantry indefinitely. Eat more beans, and you’ll need to buy less meat. Bonus: they’re cheaper and better for you! (How to can pinto beans)
- Join a produce co-op. You’ll get seasonal produce that is fresh. This also means one less trip to the grocery store.
- Have an emergency menu plan. Keep a list of pantry meals (and the ingredients) that you can make in a hurry, in case you forget something important at the store.
- Schedule a special pantry stock-up run occasionally. It’s easier to stock up when you are not doing your regular grocery shopping. Make a list of pantry items to purchase, head to the store, and stock up.
How often do you grocery shop? Any tips you can add to my list?
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