Thursday, 15 March 2012

Savvy Shopping....

Hi All!


Today I am moving away from the fashion shopping for a moment to talk a little about how everyone manages their weekly supermarket shop. The reason for this being on a personal note, no matter how much list making I do, or weekly menus thought out, I still seem to find myself in a supermarket daily, filling a basket or trolley with unnecessary items and wasting money to boot!




What I am really interested in is whether ye all do one huge shop at the start of the weekend/week and never really have to go near a large supermarket until the next big drop. Or are most like me full of good intentions but tend to drift back in a day or two for more!! I know it is not easy with bigger families to buy everything in one go, but I do feel I waste a lot of money which could be spent more wisely elsewhere! My bag and shoe fund being top of the list!:)

Would love to hear some tips and feedback from everyone if you have a minute!
Have a good day:)
Anne xx
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15 comments:

  1. We make a dinner list every month and buy food every 2 weeks for that - makes it easier to stay on track and avoid unnecessary food shopping. :-)

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  2. Thanks Tina! Wish I could do that! Will most definitely be trying something new!

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  3. Anne, I sit down on Sunday afternoons after church and plan out our meals for the week. Partly a necessity because Kate works two nights a week and leaves early (before dad gets home for dinner) so we come up with things that I can keep heated in the crockpot or cook separate. We then go grocery shopping a bit later in the day, prior to dinner. I have found this keeps up from purchasing unnecessary items and things no longer go to waste (that had been a big problem for us). I also go through our "snack" pantry at the same time to see what needs to be replenished and ONLY buy those items with the weekly meal items. I have been doing this now since the start of this school year and it has worked out great. It also keeps me from duplicating meals too often.

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    1. Thanks Lauren! Great to hear your feedback:)

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  4. I have a basic menu, And I generally try to buy meat in bulk (its a bit cheaper that way) at the start of the month, split it into portions and freeze it. Then I do a small weekly shop to top up what ever needs replacing. Trying desperately to cut costs here too, so its basics only.
    SO yeah, I try to do everything in town in one foul swoop, and stay away from town for the rest of the week...

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  5. I think staying away during the week is the only way to go!!

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  6. I think my supermarket shopping habits are very much like yours! I'm impressed with everyone here - so organised and disciplined. I do a big shop then part way through the week I decide to make something maybe unusual and pop out for the specific ingredients which are not store cupboard basics!

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  7. I only go twice a month. If I went daily, I would lose my mind. Occassionally I'll run in for fresh milk and eggs (stuff like that). There are always temptations at the market. I make out a list, but extra items somehow appear in my cart. LOL
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  8. occasionally
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  9. Hi Anne!
    I am not a great planner when it comes to this, and I really wish I could change it. I like to cook and bake, but the planning part I'm not so good at! I do make a list before I go to the store, however I always end up buying way more. Also, I go to the store about every 2-3 days. I wish I could just go once a week, but there's just no way I can do that!
    Have a great day!

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  10. I do a huge shop at the beginning of the month which has stuff like drinks for packed lunches, cereals, pasta, biscuits. Then we buy our meat and veg weekly. I have a chest freezer which I could not do without. We live in the country and the nearest shop is very expensive so I try to have most stuff bought. Although with 7 here we always run out. When my husband phones on the way home from work I usually don't bother with hello and just say, bread & milk!

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  11. I've TRIED to go to the market once a week, but it never works. I change my mind about what to cook, I find I've forgotten an ingredient, etc. I also prefer to buy things fresh if possible, so I end up at the store at least every other day.

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  12. Me? I make a menu on Sunday afternoon and shop one time.... except for the little stuff like milk and bread. I love cooking and being in the kitchen, but I abhor (ABHOR) the grocery store!!! YUCK. It exhausts me just thinking about it! It's all about the menu.

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  13. Hi Anne,

    We normally just do a shop once a week and then just buy bread and milk and fruit and veges when we need it.
    A really funny thing without the kids living at home, a bar of chocolate will stay in the fridge and lollies in the jar.

    Happy St Patrick's day tomorrow and look forward to hearing how you celebrate there.
    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  14. this topic is a hard one for me as well! I keep trying to plan out a weekly menu and have most of the meals figured out by sunday but I always end up having to make a quick run to the store to get last minute ingredients. Still trying to get better at it ;)

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