How to Grocery Shop for a Month

If you’ve never tried it, and if you’re one of those who dread the grocery shopping chore, I encourage you to work toward doing only one main grocery shop every month.

Regarding lists, I hand-write my lists on paper. I use quarter-page-size pieces of scrap paper and write my list in two columns on each page. That way I can mark things off as I shop, write in prices, etc.


On a good shopping day, I can do this in about 3.5 hours including driving time. If some items are out of stock so that I have to revise my list or the whole family decides to go along and wants to visit more than 2 stores, it takes about 5-6 hours.

Shopping Day

You’re not quite done yet. It usually takes me about an hour to get everything unpacked and properly stored. Let the family unload those groceries! They bring the bags to you, you unpack and store, and it’s all good.

After the Shopping Trip

If you’re not so sure about monthly shopping, try a two-week trip. Once you get used to how it works, you’ll realize that monthly shopping only takes a few extra minutes during one trip to save you time and money later! The more often you shop, the more impulse purchases you make. On average, monthly shopping saves my family about $75/month.