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Old 27-08-2007, 04:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Shopping monthly "V" Shopping weekly!??

Im thinking about doing a big monthly shop out of OH wages :wink: and then topping up during the month out of my allowance ........

what im trying to find out is whether anyone on here shops monthly and how you find it ? and also do you think it works out cheaper i.e leavin more money during the month ?
I dont have a huge freezer so not sure if that would limit me badly .... and what sort of items do you just get weekly? i thought bread, milk, things like that ?

thanks for any help its pay day on friday and need to try and get sorted LOL
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Old 27-08-2007, 05:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I never shop monthly, I grab all the meat bargins in Asda everytime I go (huge double doored fridge/freezer here) then I pop in and stock up as and when needed of veg, household cleaning stuff etc.

I find it cheaper that way as you are getting bargins
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Gosh Shopping Monthly 8O ....I can't even be organised enough for a weekly shop.

I can only think of one big draw back....Where on earth would you put it all??? I fill my cupboards and fridge on a Monday...and by Thursday it's empty (oh the joys of Teenagers :roll: ) so I have to stock up again...If I did it monthly I'd need another bigger kitchen to store it all in.
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I've tried it, but I always find that when I go once a week for the fresh stuff, I still end up spending a fortune anyway, so in the long run I think it costs me more!

I find the best way is to do a main shop fortnightly and get the fresh things and bread/milk etc from a small local shop, that way I don't have the opportunity to buy things just because I see them.

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a monthly shop!!! wow.... we couldn't put it all away anywhere and there are only 2 of us! We do go to Cost co about once a month and buy things like Salmon - cut up and put in freezer, mayo, wine etc but still go to tesco once every 8-10 days or so, topping up on fresh stuff every couple of days.
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Old 27-08-2007, 05:45 PM   #6 (permalink)
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We shop monthly.
But we need to pick up bread every few days, and fruit/veg/cheese/milk every 10-14 days...
We do a monthly shop because we're both paid monthly and it's faaaaar easier to go do one big shop on payday and just spend 5 quid on potatoes milk and bread at the end of the month, than it is to find 50 quid for groceries in the last week before payday.

You do need a big freezer though, if you're going to buy in bulk as we do when we shop monthly, where would you put all that meat and frozen veg? EG we live off frozen veggies mostly for dinners, broccoli peas corn and carrots all frozen, otherwise we'd probably have to shop weekly coz vegetables and fruit just does not last in the UK, the shelf life of veggies here is terrible.

But we have a huge grocery cupboard, a big fridge and freezer (wish I had a chest freezer, but no room in this house), and there is just two of us.

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im thinking if i could find room in the freezer its a stand up one with 6 drawers i could get my meat ie. 4 chickens 3 mince etc enough for the main meals ! big bags of pasta+rice and lots of frozen veggies etc and bulk loo rolls . it would make it cheaper to just buy bits during the week!

I live in a village so is easy just to stick to bread and milk and altho slightly overpriced its alot cheaper than nipping to tesco for bread and milk and then "ooo that looks nice " or " oo ill just try one of those etc" ..

maybe i could try the fortnightly thing ! .. hmmm the joys of being a housewife ! LOL :roll:
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i couldnt shop monthly either have huge freezer but there is 7 of us!!!!!!
id need one of those 18 wheeler freezing lorries if i shopped monthly :lol: :lol:
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We also shop monthly! and i think its much cheaper as once we have all the food in - we only need to go again for fresh, fruit veg bread etc... mind you there is only two of us but we do eat fresh meat which we buy and freeze and none of those boxed ready meal thihngs - we have a fridge freezer combo thing, with 3 bigish draws and i usually am just able to fit everying in after each shop
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how many people do you need to feed?

We shop monthly for 2 adults and two kids. and i too dont have a large freezer (3 drawers)

my freezer is organised as

drawer 1 : meat
drawer 2: bread and rolls
drawer 3: veg, leftovers, assorted "stuff"


I try to roughly plan out what i will be cooking, e.g. i buy the large packs of mince, split them in two and use one for lasagne, one for chilli, one for spag bol, one for cottage pie etc. We eat lots of chicken here too so i stock the freezer with about 3 large bags of chicken breast fillets. I use them for currys, fajitas, pies, casserole, chinese... you get the picture. There isnt room for me to buy big joints of meat to make sunday lunches (hey with two kids isnt that what granny is for ? :wink: ), and there isnt room for lots of ice-creams or frozen deserts.

i then buy lots of things to make cheap, quick, healthy and tasty meals. lots of sauces for the chicken, spice rack is always full, baking stuff to make pastry (dont have room in the freezer for the frozen stuff or room to store shop bought pies), tins and jars, packets etc. I buy the extra large packs of cheese and margarine to last the month. stock up the fridge with longer lasting meat items like gammon, bacon and ham joints. Cupboards are full of biccys and baby items. Remember to order all the household stuff too - toilet roll, shampoo, bleach etc.

Each week we spend probably 10 on lots of fresh veg, bread, eggs, sliced ham etc (the stuff that goes off quickly and gets used quickly).


So monthly bill = 121 (last month from tesco)

+ another 40 for everyday items.

grand total: 161 last months shopping, which for 2 adults, 2 kids (one in nappies part time and one in nappies full time, baby has a dairy milk protein allergy so needs special diet which costs us a fortune for all the substitutions i have to buy) isnt really that bad at all!

I used to shop weekly and easily spent 100+ a week on shopping, now by being careful and relatively organised things are much easier on our pockets!

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