Friday, June 15, 2018

Once a Month Grocery Shopping - Part 1

Let’s face reality teachers don’t make an exorbitant amount of money.  Most of the teachers I know, live on a tight budget. 


 Through the years, I’ve had to make some choices about the best way to stretch my hard-earned money just like you’ve had to do, also.  Several years ago, when my children were little, and I had only been teaching for a few years, it seemed that it was harder and harder to stretch those dollars.  We also had a dream.. to one day build a house and be able to afford to move out of the trailer we were living in. 


There was no way to cut our “fixed” expenses such as our mortgage, car payment, etc.  One area that I felt I could really control was our grocery budget.  So, I decided to start grocery shopping only ONE time a month.  I wanted to see how “LOW could I go!”

STEP ONE

A few days before going to the grocery store, make a list of everything in your pantry, refrigerator, and freezer.  You may need to spend some time organizing everything.  By keeping like foods together, it is easier to know what you have.  After you have completed this, make a list of all the things you need to purchase to remain “stocked up”.

Once you have a master list, it will help you to know which items you purchase on a regular basis.  Most people use the same ingredients over and over with little deviation.  For me, there are only a few times such as holidays, birthday, or other special occasions when I purchase different items.

According to how many things you have, this may take you several hours or even a few days to complete this first task.  However, it is VERY important that you know what you have as a starting point.  Part of my problem before using this method is that I would buy things I already had because I was disorganized.  Not only did this lead to wasteful spending, but sometimes, food would have to be thrown out because by the time I “discovered” it, it would no longer be edible. 

Put those items with the closest date to expiring in the front so you will use those items first!  Becoming organized will help keep you from wasting food.  Throwing away food is like throwing money in the garbage and you would never do that would you?

So, what are you waiting for?  Well, maybe it’s a ready to print master list.  If so, I’ve got you covered!  Click on the picture to download and print.


Spend some time this week discovering what is in your pantry, refrigerator, and freezer.  I’ll be back next Friday with your next steps to save money as you begin grocery shopping in a whole new way.

Helping you save money and stretch those dollars is just MY KIND OF TEACHING!


See you soon!

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