My Once a Month Grocery Shopping and Frugal Meal Planning Experiment

frugal meal planningWhen I decided a week and a half ago to try  monthly shopping/meal planning, I didn’t realize Hurricane Sandy was coming, but now that I know I’m SO glad I stocked up last week on food for the whole month.

When people ask me for my #1 grocery money saving tip, I always say the same thing:

Frugal Meal Planning.

In fact, I even have a fancy frugal meal planner you can download for free.

But even I get lazy, and the fact that I had to plan meals and shop every week was getting to be a pain. So this month, I did all my shopping last Tuesday. Monday night, I planned out all our meals for the end of October and the Entire month of November, so I would make sure to get everything we would need.

My Wegmans Trip:

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Lots of canned goods, frozen veggies, and staples like pasta and rice.

My trip to the Bread Outlet Store:

4 loaves of bread, 3 packs of tortillas, and 4 Boboli pizza crusts for Saturday’s make your own pizza.


The Meat Market: 

20 pounds of chicken breast which I separated into 1-2 lb freezer bags. I cut most up into strips or nugget size so they’ll cook faster.

One week into the plan, it’s working great. I LOVE having a whole docket of meals available and knowing that I have all the ingredients on hand.

What’s on my menu plan? Well, of course all my favorite pantry meals! Shopping from the pantry is a great way to save money on groceries. In fact, I used my own Pantry Staples list as a guide as I was making my shopping list.

So keep an eye out for weekly updates on how this experiment is going. Already, we’re reaping the benefits — no need to brave the crowds at Wegmans this week!

How frequently do you menu plan? If you do a monthly plan, how is it working for you?

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  1. The bread outlet store…..where is that? Do you have a favorite area meat market?

  2. I used to shop & plan monthly and loved it. But now that we are a full-time RV family of 5 traveling the country in our RV theres no way we could do this anymore. I have to shop every 3-5 days due to not enough storage in the fridge/freezer and cupboards (2 small ones and some space under the couch). I still try to menu plan for the month which helps with our grocery budget and the dreaded question of whats for dinner but I really miss having a stocked kitchen.


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