I’m all for picking one day for grocery shopping and sticking to it. I’ve saved so much money on my grocery budget by simply going shopping on the same day every week and not allowing myself to step foot in the stores between regular shopping trips.
But sometimes rules are made to be broken. Sometimes.
I’m finding that every now and then, it’s good for me to put off my grocery shopping for a couple of days. If possible, I would occasionally skip an entire week, but I don’t think we would survive around here. Still, by waiting a couple extra days, I push the limits on my creativity. I have to shop the pantry and freezer and find ways to stretch the meals I come up with. And I’m forced to use up all those things in the fridge that usually get hidden behind the new groceries. Like the partial head of lettuce and almost-too-wilted-to-use celery.
Every time I go through this little limit-pushing exercise, I’m amazed at the meals I’m able to pull together. I’m surprised by the snacks I hand out, and my family is shocked by the treats I bake. Basically, I take away my freedom to be lazy. As a result, the refrigerator gets cleaned out, produce gets used up, and cookies get baked. It’s a win!
Additionally, when I go shopping later than planned, I only buy the things necessary to get by until my next regularly scheduled shopping day. In other words, instead of shopping for an entire week, I shop for the partial week that’s left. So, I save money by using what we already have, and I save money by buying less at the store. Double win!
Give it a try sometime. I don’t recommend totally ditching your regular shopping day, but enjoying a few days (or even a week) off from time to time saves money and buys a nice break.