Sunday, June 24, 2012

Once a Month Grocery Shopping & Menu Planning

Here's a couple of bold statements... 1) I grocery shop ONLY ONCE A MONTH!!!  2) I spend less than $200 A MONTH on a family of four.  (Well, until my oldest got married, it's less than that now.)Yes, I'm serious. Do you dread going to the grocery store? Do you get tired of hearing "What's for supper tonight?" as soon as you walk in the door?  Well, I am combining my "Work Smarter, Not Harder!" and my "Super, Sizzling Summer Special" today to tell you more about how I accomplish this.
I got tired of going to the grocery store several times a week (and spending tons of money) and trying to figure out what was for supper everynight when I just wanted to rest and relax for a while after my day at school.  So, I decided to do menu planning.  Now, this was several years before I even had a computer or internet, so I had no idea this was actually a concept used by others.  I just designed mine by trial and error.  Since I only get paid once a month, I thought, "Why don't I shop just once a month?"  (Took me a couple of months to actually get it down to 1 time a month.)  But since then, my life has had more freedom (I get to come home in the afternoons rather than going to the grocery store 2-3 times a week) AND more money (all those impulse purchases!!!).

I'm also working MUCH Smarter, because I know what's in my pantry, refrig, freezer AND I also know what is for dinner each night of the month.  I'm saving time and money and not working so hard.

When the economy started nose-diving a few years ago, my friends starting asking me to share my tips.  I conducted several classes and people were begging me to put it into a book.  So, I did! 


Thanks to all who purchased my book during my Super, Sizzling, Special.  You can still order.  However the price is $14 and includes shipping and handling.  Just send me an e-mail with your address after purchasing.  You can send this money to my paypal account:  cvautrot@gilmerschools.com
Included in this book you will find:
     explicit instructions of how to complete once a month grocery shopping
     menu planning
     recipes
     other frugal money saving tips

After all, I am known as the QUEEN of FRUGAL around this place!  lol

It is homecoming at our church and revival begins tonight, so I will be busy this week, but I would love to hear from you.  How often to you buy groceries?  How much do you spend?  Do you menu plan? 

I'm still loving the looks of my new blog design.  I have to come to it several times each day just to look at how darling it is!  lol


5 comments:

  1. I just awarded you the "One Lovely Blog Award”, stop by my blog to accept it!
    Colleen
    Totally Terrific in Texas

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  2. Just found your blog, and I'm your newest follower! I have taught third grade for 14 years, and will be moving to second grade next year. I'm really excited!

    Waving from The Teacher's Chatterbox,
    Rebecca

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  3. Cynthia,
    I just awarded you the One Lovely Blog award. Stop by my blog to receive it.

    Christa
    sweetlifeofsecond

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  4. This is awesome because I'm always looking to save $ on groceries!!

    BTW, I have a bunch of things on my blog and a giveaway coming up very soon so make sure you head on over and join.

    Kate :)

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  5. I am embarrassed to say how many times and how much I spend on groceries a month; especially, for a family of just three. My husband is what we call a human garbage disposal he consumes EVERYTHING! If my son becomes anything like my husband we will be in the poor house. Do you have a solution for husbandeatsalot syndrome. Lol...

    Candace
    005 Watkins' Way

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