Originally Posted by babetoo
i shop on line for a month. you really pay attention to costs on that much. plan meals and baking and shop for what i need. of course there are things i buy on routine basis. paper goods, cat food, etc. it really cuts down on impulse buying. sometimes for holidays i do a order that is small for food for the occasion.
Exactly, impulse shopping is a big grocery bill hike. I don't by goodies. Instead I'll buy sweet breads to curb the ole sweet tooth.
There are items that are always on hand that dont need to be refreshed as often as others, but when it comes to meats and produce, I prefer shopping every few days.
Frequency of shopping is definitely circumstantial. I live in Los Angeles, and I work downtown. There are accessible markets all over the place. So, wasting gas is not a problem, all are along my route.
Another reason I shop for meats and produce frequently is I'm forgetful, and to pull frozen meat down in the morning or night before, is usually overlooked. And then meat is never used, and I get grossed out "too frozen" meats resulting in a pound or two of chicken being tossed out.
So yes, I have my reasons for shopping frequently, as you all have yours for not. ;)