Does anyone monthly grocery shop?

Does anyone monthly grocery shop?

does anyone monthly grocery shop - if you do how? I have tried it just seem really crazy -I think I need a master list and to be organized Bobbi-ne

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    does anyone monthly grocery shop - if you do how? I have tried it just seem really crazy -I think I need a master list and to be organized Bobbi-ne
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    I shop primarily by the month. This is what I do. I shop the adds to see what is on sale at my local stores and if I can get enough out of them for a months of menus. I also check my coupons to see if I have any for the selected items. Last month I went to Aldi's for the first time in a long time and bought things I usually buy but that I knew was cheaper, I then brought back my reciept to set up the menu and see how many days I needed food for. It worked out to be at least a month.(I really don't recommend this way because you may end up spending more). I still from time to time have to go to the store for milk and flour things of that nature but my meals are taken care of.

    What I would suggest is making a menu for the month and shop that way, the cheapest way would be with coupons and by the adds but it does make it hard at times if you do not have several stores to choose from in your area. If you shop at a warehouse club such as Sams or Costco monthly shopping is easier here but you do have to watch the prices to make sure you are getting a good deal.
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    I shop a little of both. For my daycare I do have a four week menu that I stick with as far as my family I kinda just wing it. Thank you for the sugestions - they are appreciated. Do you have a master list of things you buy monthly . I have seen your pantry list . Thanks again Bobbi -ne

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    I shop once a month and have for many years! When I started I made menus. Just take a piece of paper and make 7 squares across and 5 rows down and you'll have a template with 35 squares to use each month. I mark the days of the coming month in one corner of each square and then my daily menu. When I have my month filled in I then use it to write out my grocery list. I freeze milk and bread stuffs.

    Now that I have a full years supply in stock I shop a little differently. I make menus up still and make sure I have all I need on hand. I then take our list of what we've used and buy those things to replace to bring us back up to a years supply. Last month I made my quarterly trip down to the LDS Food storage center and also restocked all my dairy for the year. This coming month I will restock non food items mostly plus I know how much meat, poultry and cheese we use each month so will replenish that also.

    You'll learn how to make it work for you as you go along. I can thank the military for starting me out doing this as for several years we could only shop at the military commissaries once a month and the prices were and still are much cheaper there. I do buy 1 gallon of whole milk a week for my kids- 1% and skim milk freezes very well but the whole milk tends to separate and leave clumps swimming around when frozen. Anyway next year we'll have our milk cows again and go back to fresh milk daily!

    I hope this helps you! I only shop once a month now because I leave 90 miles from anything except Wal-mart! I find them very expensive and their meat is unfit to eat! But as my family moves toward being self sufficient my monthly trip will probably become an annual trip for just what we can't produce ourselves! I love having our years supply on hand! It makes it so I can shop in bulk and get things when there is big sales going on! We just keep track of what we use and slowly over a few month's time it gets replaced.

    When I started once a month shopping I was just getting exactly what we needed each month. At the end of the month the cupboard was very bare! With 7 hungry mouths I learned a lot those first few month's! In 1996 we started laying in canned dry goods and now we have everything we need except some medications we only are able to keep 90 day supply on hand. We have been experimenting with herbs and found several that will work in an emergency so have those laid in for Asthma. We found when we went off all refined sugars and starches and we work very hard here so our blood sugars leveled out and no more problems in that area.

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    "We have been experimenting with herbs and found several that will work in an emergency so have those laid in for Asthma"


    what kinds of herbs are those and how do you prepare them? My boyfriend has asthma and absolutely hates medicines.
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    what kinds of herbs are those and how do you prepare them? My boyfriend has asthma and absolutely hates medicines.[/QUOTE]

    I got a list packed away and it might take me awhile to get to it (DH is finishing the basement without emptying it out to do so I may never find some stuff again!) I can tell you off the top of my head that Stinging Nettle will stop an asthma attack cold! Unfortunately nettle is a grass plant and I'm allergic to it but I can take up to 3 ok after that I break out in massive hives. So we keep Nettle for emergency use. I can pop on capsule of it and with in seconds I can freely breathe again. So far I've only needed one and then I was ok. I'll contact you on the others when I find them!

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    Wow Brchbell that is awsome I wish I could stockpile a whole years worth of food -how did you mange this. I mean I do have some that I buy extra of - but not a whole years worth - where do you store it all -I have trouble with keeping a month. I m going to try and freeze milk -my freezers are pretty full of meat -I usually buy 1/2 of side of whatever -I agree wal-mart's meat does suck -it is really unfit even for animals - thanks for all of the help -Bobbi -ne

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    Quote Originally Posted by bcoffey68359 View Post
    Wow Brchbell that is awesome I wish I could stockpile a whole years worth of food -how did you mange this. I mean I do have some that I buy extra of - but not a whole years worth - where do you store it all -I have trouble with keeping a month. I m going to try and freeze milk -my freezers are pretty full of meat -I usually buy 1/2 of side of whatever -I agree wal-mart's meat does suck -it is really unfit even for animals - thanks for all of the help -Bobbi -ne
    It has taken me several years to get up to a real full years supply of everything we need. Don't even try to picture it if you are just starting! instead just put aside a certain amount each month. what can you afford? $50, $2?? Larger amounts you can buy stuff each month. smaller amounts you might think it's not worth it but you can take an envelope and mark it "Food Storage" Put the little amount you can afford this payday in it and set it aside. Next payday do the same thing. Maybe you can spare $5 this time so you now have $7! $7 you could go to the store and buy a case of what ever is on sell and set it aside. You've started your food storage! Don't think about the full year thing yet! Just get what you can and set it aside. I always mark the date I got it on top of the cans. (2/09 for Feb 2009) After awhile it will start piling up and you'll start thinking "what am I going to do with all this?!!" Now if the time you make a plan! You make a list of everything you think you'll need. Make 3 columns next to it and mark down what you think you need for a year and then after you do that go inventory what you have and in the 2nd column mark down what you have on hand. the 3rd column write down what you need to get. I have a nice big pantry (on the complete other end of the house! Arg!) Where we keep the current month's needs. I have a nice big room in my basement DH is building shelves for me right now! currently I have my dry goods (wheat, oats, flour, corn meal, ect) in #10 cans and boxed. I have them stacked 11 boxes high and 12 boxes down double walled with the label out on both sides. It makes a nice wall! My smaller cans has been my Alamo! DH is making several floor to ceiling rotating wooden racks for me. He said each shelf needed to have a 2" drop (front is 2" lower that the back. You need a piece of board across the front to stop the cans. Otherwise it is open in front & back. Drop you cans in back and pull from the front. I'm using that to rotate canned soups, fruits, vegetables as soon as he gets them done! Right now we got cases, sacks, boxes all over the place. When you get far enough along try living on it for at least a week but 1 month is better! This will help you fine tune what you really need! After you get a lot you need to make sure you are using the older stuff and replacing it regularly. the 1st time we thought we had a years supply was in 1979 and we both lost our jobs and we're both laid off for a full 2 years! We got $403 a month to live on and that just barely covered our house payment. We weren't allowed to work or they would remove us from the recall list. We did odds farm jobs to earn food & cash. Stupid stuff like we hand weeded an 80 acre field of soybeans! What we thought was a years supply lasted 8 month's and then we just had wheat, ended up being soft wheat so I couldn't make bread with it! It was a hard time but we sure learned a lot! Next time was in 2002/03. We moved up here on the MO/IA line and built a pole barn to live in while DH was over in Afghanistan. The years supply lasted us 2 years but again we had stuff we ran out of much to fast and other stuff that we ended up dumping as we had much to much of it!
    Now we have what we need and after those experiences we did much better. I made up 91 different menus and that's what we used to decide what we needed to store. Dec 2008 we had a severe ice storm. No electric or phones for over 3 weeks. Kids had to wear ice spikes to go take care of animals. But we did ok for the whole time and the kids still talk about how much they enjoyed it. that's when we turned off the satellite so we could spend more time together as a family talking, playing a games/puzzles. But most of all if something goes wrong we have what we need. It's worth having a good food supply even if it's just for 3 month's. It covers your family in case someone loses their job or gets sick. It saves you money because you have a cushion so that you can shop when prices are lower and stock up and not buy when prices get really high.

    When you freeze milk remove the lids to let some air in so the plastic jug doesn't burst when it freezes. A lot of people say you have to pour a little out but I've done it this way for many years and never had one burst.

    If you have limited room to store it you can store it under your beds. You can stack boxes and cover it to make coffee tables, ect. Search youtube.com and you'll find lots of ideas on how to store it in limited areas!

    Hope this helps you!

 

 
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