We finally overhauled the system when we bought a house and moved away from our dinky little apartment and it's corresponding dinky little fridge and ended up with a beautiful large fridge in our new kitchen plus a decent sized spare in the garage. With all the wonderful new fridge space, along with the fact that the best grocery store was a 25 minute drive (one way & without traffic) we decided to try monthly shopping. This of course meant that we needed to know everything that we were going to need for the month, excluding produce which we would buy at the farmer's market. There are the occasional items we miss, but it isn't too much trouble to pick up one the odd missed item here or there.
During second month of our new system I got pregnant again and took the food aversion symptom to the extreme. Nothing was appealing. Ever. I decided to stick with the menus anyway, figuring that since I didn't want anything and had to eat something anyway I might as well keep making menus since it made shopping and dinner time easier. Eventually it went away and we have now been monthly planning and shopping for one whole year. I'm very pleased with how well we have stuck to it. In the moment it is easier to just plan a week or a few days worth of meals, but in the long run it saves a lot of time and money.
Some people may think that shopping for the month would take too long, but we actually save quite a bit of time since we only walk the length of the store once a month, instead of every week, and we only make the hour or so round trip drive once a month. Another plus is that I don't have to worry about running out of food, or needing to go shopping while I am sick, or in bad weather, etc. In fact, we skipped shopping for two months when my daughter was born (excluding the weekly farmers market, and a few gallons of milk, diapers and cheerios). Even if you don't think you personally can get rid of your weekly (or more) grocery trips, I highly recommend planning out your meals for the month. I find it helps with what can otherwise be the most stressful time of the day, dinner prep time.
|Bean Burritoes||Crepes||Pasta & Sauce||Veggie Pizza||labor day picnic at church|
|Taco Dip||BBQ Chicken Quesadillas||Omelets and Homefries||Stuffed Zucchini Cups||Penne with Vodka Sauce||Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry||Salmon Salad Sandwiches|
|BBQ Chicken, Corn, Mac Salad||Tex Mex Mac & Cheese||Chicken Caesar Salad||Fish in a Bag, Broccoli, Br. Rice||Pasta & Sauce||Shepherd's Pie||Salmon Salad Sandwiches|
|Chicken Parmadillas||Potato Nachos||French Toast, Sausage||Herbed Chicken & Sweet Potatoes||Spaghetti & Meatballs||Chicken Stir Fry||Salmon Salad Sandwiches|
|Slumgullion||Pancakes & Bacon||Cobb Salad||Fish in a Bag, Broccoli, Br. Rice|
I actually plan first Sunday to first Sunday since I only have Hey, Babe's help to grocery shop on Sunday mornings, and it takes two carts. So here is the beginning of October as well:
- Chicken Salad Sandwiches