How often do you grocery shop?

Erica - posted on 07/25/2011 ( 57 moms have responded )

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I usually go twice a week, i have seen some peoples carts and are filled up! Must be nice to have a lot more cabinetry! Since our apt. condo is a small 1000 sq ft place! lol

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Michelle - posted on 07/26/2011

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I do big shopping once a week.(and our house is only about 1000 sq. ft.) I do usually need to stop somewhere at least once a week to get more milk. (I get 4 gallons when I go shopping but we go through anywhere from 4-6 gallons a week)

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Katina - posted on 10/19/2011

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I grocery shop once a month with coupons and save anywhere for $25-$60 a month on shopping.

Sharlene - posted on 10/16/2011

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My husband does the shopping in our house hole I would say his goes shopping twice a week all the best

Stifler's - posted on 10/15/2011

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he is drinking full cream milk. he refuses to drink skim or light milk. only an idiot would eat so much fatty food and drinks then complain as if it's some other party's fault.

Chantelle - posted on 10/10/2011

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i go every friday to do the whole weeks shop using a meal plan for the week so i only get thing i acctually need

Addie - posted on 10/07/2011

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Aubree, there are a lot of places to put pantry items. I have two round table with long skirts. Perfect for hiding paper towels and other paper products. Under the bed, can goods placed in a low cut box for visual sight. A bed skirt hides the box. In a closet, on the floor. Again in a low cut box. I shop once a month and try to stock up on sale items. Next month the sales are different. And I live in a studio apartment with less square footage. My computer sits on a computer cabinet with a pull out shelf for the keyboard. More can goods in the cabinet. And you can free up some of that cabinet space by installing DIY adjustable shelves. You can place your seldom used kitchen appliances on them along with your canister set. I added four extra shelves in my kitchen. Made a big difference in available storage space. I have a reasonably large fridge, so I try to buy foods that go into the freezer. Frozen veggies are much better than canned. More shelf space made available. With some applied thought and imagination, there is extra space all around you.

Renee - posted on 10/07/2011

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1-2 times a week. i shop at 2 stores and some weeks i go the same day and others i go on different days.

Addie - posted on 08/01/2011

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I have to agree with you Sherri. Just because someone's taste buds are different doesn't make them an idiot. And their bones will thank them when they are in their dotage. I see so many folks my age having to take calcium supplenents. I never stopped drinking milk from childhood and my last bone scan showed real healthy bones.
When I go into a restaurant, while others are ordering alcoholic drinks to go with their meal, I order the tallest glass of cold milk. And I don't feel like an idiot at all. I get some strange looks from the waitperson. But rather strange looks than broken bones.

Merry - posted on 07/28/2011

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Yeah I never drink milk it makes me gag. Whole milk I can drink but I don't like it. Eric doesn't drink much milk, just the left overs when he has cereal. Matt drinks it sometimes but he is sensitive to lactose so it gives him digestion problems. So usually all we use it for is cereal and oatmeal and cooking here and there. 1 gallon every two weeks is all we usually manage to go through. We get so much through WIC and we just never get all we are allowed cuz it would be wasted.

Sherri - posted on 07/27/2011

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Ah drinking it out of the bottle yeah ewww but as long as he is drinking 1% or fat free milk that actually wouldn't make him fat. Since for an adult the recommended amt. to drink is almost 4 8oz glasses of milk a day

Stifler's - posted on 07/27/2011

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He drinks it out of the bottle. And has massive glasses of it then complains about being fat.

Sherri - posted on 07/27/2011

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@Laura we go through a minimum of 4 gallons of milk a week.

@Emma why is he an idiot for drinking a lot of milk Emma??

Stifler's - posted on 07/27/2011

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My kid is obsessed with milk, he still has it at nap times and my husband is an idiot and drinks way too much (out of the bottel... gross).

Merry - posted on 07/27/2011

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Wow you guys sure drink the milk! Lol we go through one gallon every two weeks or so. Sometimes it expires before we finish it. :/
We shop every two weeks or so. We buy fresh frozen and canned fruits and veggies so when the fresh is eaten we still have frozen and canned stuff to eat before shopping again.

Lady Heather - posted on 07/27/2011

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Twice a week. Any less than that and it seems like I run the risk of produce not staying fresh enough. I honestly don't know how people go longer. Maybe I am just picky about my veggies.

Addie - posted on 07/27/2011

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I shop once a month. I live alone and all my groceries are bought with food stamps. I don't use all my stamps at the beginning of the month. So I have some left over for anything I need during the rest of the month. During my working days, I got paid once a month, so there was no difficulty for me to adjust to once a month shopping.

Angie - posted on 07/27/2011

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I usually go once a week unless I forgot something. I have a friend that lives with my family and we are always splitting the shopping. It helps us a lot.

Ashley - posted on 07/26/2011

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I do a large costco run at the beginning of month, get a couple easy dinners (such as lasagna) and get all my meat and pasta, possibly some fruit/veggies pending what I am doing that week - However I do a weekly run to the store (regular grocery) for milk, bread, fresh veggies if needed

Amanda - posted on 07/26/2011

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Once a week, on Friday, and once mid week if we ran out of something. I grab 4 gallons of milk, buy the bags of cereal, and couple things of bread (I put them in the fridge so they last longer) We live in a smallish to midsized Apt, with a normal size fridge, and not really a lot of cabinet space, but somehow it all fits! I always have to go out every Friday though, if I wait past that it gets ugly! ;)

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We go once every 2 weeks. We are on a tight budget, so once the grocery money is gone, it's gone. W don't fill up the cart even then. We made a make shift pantry at our last apartment in the coat closet. Luckily in this new place we have about 4 extra cabinets. I plan our milk by those 2 weeks, so we don't have to go back out.

Tyrae - posted on 07/26/2011

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We go once every 2 weeks, other then our twice a week trip to pick up milk and anything else that we may have run out of like fruit. We bought an extra pantry to put our food in and then we have our apt sized deep freeze for meat, awesome christmas present from the inlaws.

Laetitia - posted on 07/26/2011

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I usually go every 10days to two week, i pre plan meals and try and cook meals i can eat following day and pack for my husbands lunch, i find planning seven meals will get us close to two.weeks before we run out, i try and avoid going every other days unless its for other essentialI usually go every 10days to two week, i pre plan meals and try and cook meals i can eat following day and pack for my husbands lunch, i find planning seven meals will get us close to two.weeks before we run out, i try and avoid going every other days unless its for other essentials milk bread,s milk bread,

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Some get their fresh fruits and veggies from their gardens, so there is no need to shop that often. ;-)

Julie - posted on 07/26/2011

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Others may be shopping once a week or be cooking for a crew. Shop at least once a week for those all important FRESH fruits and veggies! :o)

Jessie - posted on 07/26/2011

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i go shopping once a month im not a shopper so i dread the trips to the grocery store ill make a quick stop once every week for small items for my daughter but my big grocery day is once a month my husband spends 300 dollars thats why we only go once a month

Deb - posted on 07/26/2011

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I'm pretty fortunate.. my husband does all the cooking in our house so we agreed that since he does the cooking, he does the grocery shopping :) That way I can spend time with the kids and he can get it done faster. He probably goes about once a week, or once everyother week.

Tina - posted on 07/26/2011

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For the major groceries, i.e. canned goods, and so on about once a month, depending on what runs out first, and then to the closest store for the things that do run out quickly. The time frame varies according to what we have need of at the time. We do travel a good distance for the once a month shopping trip, and then locally to the closest usually for the other things, i.e. the perishiables. It's just my husband and I and he likes to eat out when we don't eat at home. So that is why we have so infrequent shopping trips. We do have a good variety at times, and then sometimes it seems to be so much of the same. It just depends on what he is willing to eat, and what he can eat. We need to watch our diets, and really haven't done that. Exercise too is what we also need to watch.

Addie - posted on 07/26/2011

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I have four three-legged tables that have skirts over them. A great place for hiding paper products and other stock items when the cabinets are full.

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I go once every two weeks. I make my menu plan and grocery list for two weeks. It's easier with two small kids. I go to the farmer's market every Saturday to get our eggs, chicken, and honey. My house is only 1000 sq ft, and I somehow manage to store all that food. ;) I don't need so much cabinetry though because most of our food is fresh or frozen or made from scratch, so it goes in the fridge/freezer.

Sara - posted on 07/26/2011

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sometimes I go twice per week. But I've just learned how to coupon, so I don't get a ton of stuff each time, just stockpile items and when things are a GREAT deal. It's really saved us alot of money now that I've started couponing. And with 2 toddlers and a baby on the way, its much easier to shop my pantry of stockup items than run out to the store every day before dinner! Here's a couple of great websites that I've learned from: www.thekrazycouponlady.com and www.athriftymom.com. It will change the way you grocery shop for your family and save you money! Now I just get veggies and fruit every week fresh and shop my pantry for the rest.

Cherlyn - posted on 07/26/2011

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We usually go every 3-4 weeks. Even if we need to go - we just shop our pantry if we run out before then. Of course unless its like milk or eggs - we give in and go to the store. Luckily there are discount stores we shop that hold a good selection (as in has organic stuff!) but its usually hit or miss.

Claudia - posted on 07/26/2011

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Hola Sierra, my name is claudia and here's my answer to ur question, which may o maynot help. we go food shop'n mayb 2-3 times a month to do the food shop'n, sounds crzy rght, well for us its not cause there's only 3 of us. second: whn we do go food shop'n, we make a list of what we need, whn it comes to buy'n meat products lik: beef/chicken, we buy the family paks. plus its cheapr to buy n bulk. pasta: we buy store brand, cheap and on sale too!!!! veggies: frozen: fam paks, cheap and on sale!! Fresh veggies: tatoes, toms and onions use only whn needed, vry rarely on sale. not cheap. also check ur local paper for deals and comapre shop'n works too, hint hint. good luck. let me knw,k.

Tanya - posted on 07/26/2011

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once a week. we have a big metal shelf in the kitchen for all the overflow. we also ended up with 2 large fruit baskets (on the shelf) because one became too small. we just don't have time to go more than once a week since we both work far from home and get home late.

Debbie - posted on 07/26/2011

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I usually go shop for everything I need once a month, but go and pick up grocerys I run out of once a week. Grocery shopping isn't one of my favorite things to do.

Kim - posted on 07/26/2011

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I do a big shopping once a week. I have to go back to pick up a couple things now and then such as bread and milk.

Linda - posted on 07/26/2011

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I'm a Gma, my daughter and 3 kids live with me. I receive a discount once a month. I make sure I go that day and fill 3-5 baskets. I use as many coupons as possible and shop for the specials. I also go maybe once a week for milk and fruits, anything else needed. I am careful what I buy, storage space is limited but so is money so we have learned to really compact and rebox items. My bill for the 5 of us is around $500-$600 a month but I also usually save at least $150, usually closer to $300. I love coupons:) but I don't stockpile what we don't need. The closest store is about 5 mountain miles away and it really eats the gas. I get apple boxes when I get there and when the groceries are loaded it makes it so much easier to keep all items together in the van. We leave a lot of stuff not immediately needed in the boxes-helps with storage in the house. Yrs ago I learned to make big batches of food and freeze a lot. It gave me more time with the family-shopping can eat up a lot of time so cooking this way helped. I made basic stuff that could be changed for different meals. I could not use the prepared meals-1 child was ADHD (Hyper kid) so everything was made from scratch, including bread until I found a bakery that did not use preservatives & additives. With the price of gas today it seems that needs to be factored into the budget, time with family is also important so the less trips the better, at least for me.We all find a way to do what needs to be done so there is no one way that all can follow.

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We do one big trip every week, but I go for small things about every other day or so. We have 5 people in our family and our 3 daughters are ALL going through growth spurts right now (ages 8, 3 and 2) and my husband works 9-10 hour days 6 days a week so when he's home he's hungry (and I make him 2 lunches to take to work every day to avoid fast food and save money). We go through a gallon of milk every day and a half, 12 eggs will last me about a week (normal usage - if I make cookies, french toast, egg salad sandwiches, etc. then I need about 2 dozen a week), I buy 3 loaves of bread every week and it's just perfect, I get juice mixes as opposed to pre-made juice because I can water them down a lot more than the instructions say (less sugar per serving that way) and they are cheaper in the long run. Let's see, other staples... we buy our fruits and veggies from the farmer's market every week (and we stock up because we eat lots of fruits and veggies). I also like to only buy dinner meat 2-3 days in advance because I don't think it tastes as good if I buy it more than 4 days before I use it.

So, short answer to the question (lol): a big trip about once a week, with smaller trips about 3-4 times a week :)

Alison - posted on 07/25/2011

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I'm lucky enough to still have the service of a milk man who will also deliver eggs and juice if required so I only have to shop once a week, with a separate trip to the farm shop for fruit and vege. I freeze bread but I have a chest freezer in my garage which really helps.

Naomi - posted on 07/25/2011

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I got a small freezer and it was the best decision I made!
Now I go shopping once ever 2weeks. I even freeze my milk because we go through a gallon every day and a half.

Tammy - posted on 07/25/2011

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I so hear you on the space! Our condo is 800 sq.ft. and the kitchen is so small! I end up shopping like 3 times a week; I totally hate it! I can't wait to move!

Tamara - posted on 07/25/2011

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I do the main trip every other Tuesday then on Saturday and the other Tuesday I go and fill up on veggies milk fruit the stuff you can't really stock up on it seems no matter how much we buy we are still needing more a few days later.

Lynette - posted on 07/25/2011

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once a wk. I have lived in tiny places before, never found that I had to shop more than once a week

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