- 6 years ago
- Wedding: November 2012
We get paid bi-weekly, so it made sense to me to shop bi-weekly. I make a meal plan for 2 weeks that typically includes 10 dinners. I try to plan meals that use similar ingredients or things that can be cooked once and used for a second meal– i.e. making a bunch of shredded chicken and using it for soup, then tacos, then a casserole, or planning 3 meals with ground beef so I can buy a bulk package of meat instead of individual ones.
I’m not super strict on sticking to a plan, but I do like knowing what I have ingredients on hand for. I take meat from the freezer and thaw it in the fridge overnight/next day while at work, and it’s ready to be cooked when I get home. For breakfast and lunches, we tend to eat the same things most of the time (yogurt, protein bars for breakfast; leftovers, frozen meals or sandwiches for lunch), so I buy enough to get us through at least 2 weeks. For snacks and drinks, its the same– I tend to buy whatever is on sale or looks good, and we are usually well-stocked.
We do shop at Costco pretty often, which is helpful for bulk packs of meat, yogurt, grains, snacks, etc. Maybe once or twice after work, DH or I have to stop at the store on the way home to get something I forgot, or something that wouldn’t keep for a long period of time (like fresh bread). Our system works pretty well. I can feed both of us for 2 weeks by spending about $160 in groceries. We eat dinner out around twice a week to make up the balance of the total meals.