So, some of you have been wondering just how Addy manages to keep her family’s shopping trips down to only twice a year. Well, I went to visit her today and was able to ask her specifically how she does this.
First, I asked her if she has a menu for the family that she plans and stocks up for. She told me that she doesn’t really have a menu. She just goes out to her “Grocery Barn” (where she stores all of her canned goods on shelves, and meat in freezers), and just picks out stuff to cook for that day.
I asked, “But how do you know how much to can for your family?” Her reply was, “We have a saying around here ‘Get all you can, and can all you get'”. So, basically that’s what she does. Everything that comes up in her garden, and everything that she is able to barter for she cans or freezes. Then they simply eat what they have, which actually is a nice variety.
As far as toiletries and cleaning products go she does have a method. When she first began stocking up 6 months worth of stuff at a time, it took her a little while to figure out how much of something her family used. When she would buy a product (like laundry detergent or something), she would mark the date she started using it on, and make a note of how long it lasted. This way she was able to figure out about how much of everything she would need to buy to last them six months.
She would do this for stuff like toothpaste, laundry products, toilet paper, sugar, flour, etc. This is how she manages to do all of her shopping once in January, and once in July. And she buys almost everything on her list from either the Dollar General or Walmart.
I love the idea of only shopping twice a year. Can you imagine how much money that would save you, being spared of all that impulse buying?! I’m going to start marking the products that I buy and making notes of how long they last so that I, too, can begin using this method. Of course, I’ll still be on the look out for good deals throughout the year on products that I use often!