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My goals for 2018

I set four major goals for myself to accomplish in 2018.  { Check them all out by clicking here.}  One of the goals I am most excited about is becoming a once-a-month grocery shopper.  I might love it…I might hate it….I might end up somewhere between weekly shopping and monthly shopping.  I don’t know.  But I figured it was worth a shot to see if I could save some time, money, and sanity.

It has been two months since I’ve shared my first step in becoming a once-a-month grocery shopper; I have been faithfully keeping track of how much time and money I spend at the grocery store in order to determine a baseline.  (I definitely don’t want to go through all of this trouble if I don’t actually save time and/or money.)  I am going to continue to keep track of these things to get an average, but I also wanted to move on to the next step toward my goal:  Tracking our family’s monthly consumption.

I’m not just talking about food.   I’m talking about household goods like laundry detergent, toilet paper, dog food, etc.  If you were to ask me how much of a certain product my family used in a month, I would have NO idea.  Since I grocery shop once a week, I just make a note when we’re running low on something and I pick it up at the store within a few days.  When I’m grocery shopping once a month, I will need to make sure we have enough of our staples to last the full 30 days.

Consumption Tracking for Once a Month Grocery Shopping - Sharpie on Laundry Detergent - Mommy Standard Time Blog

So, I have decided on a simple way to track this.  Up until I start grocery shopping once a month, I am going to be using a Sharpie to mark the date that I open a new item.  Then, before discarding/recycling the package when the product is gone, I’m going to be jotting down how long it took us to use up that product.  I’m hopeful that I am keeping it simple enough that I can stay on top of this little information-gathering process.

I’ll be interested to see how often I am REALLY replacing certain items. I can honestly say that I have no idea how long a tube of toothpaste lasts us in this house.

Have any of you needed to do something similar to this? Or am I just that inattentive?  I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!  (I’ve realized how quiet it is in the comment section of my blog since I ditched social media. Let’s chat!)

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  1. Stephanie let me introduce myself. I am Becky, one of Mr. Blue eyes cousins in La Grande. I love this idea of once a month spending. I am really interested in how it works for you. I need to do something more like this. I can totally see holidays and kids volunteering for things hard for me to not make a quick run. How are you doing with keeping things like produce and milk fresh for the month? I have tracked things before to see how long they last but I need to do it again, since our family has gotten older. In my mind this could save quite a bit of time and money. I havw been making my menus for 2 weeks at a time for quite a while but I always seem to have a purchase now and later column. The now is all things that we need for week one and all the stuff that is pantry friendly for both weeks. The later is all things produce for week 2.

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