4 Reasons I Started Quarterly Grocery Shopping [Hint: It Saves Us A Lot of Money]

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Do you dread heading to the grocery store on a weekly basis?

I used to. It was one of the hardest things I had to tackle all week. Between trying to maintain a budget, wrangle kids, and not forget anything, it was quite the workout.

Quarterly grocery shopping began as a solution for a New Year’s resolution. I desired to get a firm grip on our spending and stop the chaos in my schedule.

I’m so happy with it and seriously wonder why I didn’t do it sooner. If you want to get away from weekly grocery trips (even with grocery pick-up), let me tell you why quarterly grocery shopping is a great thing:

1. Saves Money

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When I was heading to the grocery store every week, I could easily spend $100-$200 each week to feed our family of four.

By most people’s standards, I was doing great! But I wanted to spend even less.

With quarterly grocery shopping, I spend an average of $1,000 per quarter. This also includes all our pet food, cat litter, and laundry needs.

This averages out to approximately $330 per month. That saves us approximately $470 per month. I’ll take it!

2. Saves Time

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When you grocery shop one time per quarter, you no longer have to create a grocery list on a weekly basis. You don’t place a grocery order every week, and you certainly don’t head to the store every week.

This is a major time-saver. Instead, you create a list of all the items you use each month to create meals.

Try using an inexpensive organizer to keep your grocery list and meal plans in one convenient location!

For instance, you know you’ll need canned goods, frozen veggies, and meat. You add all the necessities to a list and once every three months, you begin shopping for these items in bulk or for the lowest price.

I use some grocery pick-up services when I place a quarterly grocery order, but I also rely on Amazon too.

When it’s time to create a quarterly grocery order, I spend approximately three hours deciding what we need, scanning our pantry for what we already have, and placing the order.

I have to pick-up some orders, but we turn this into a fun family outing. Other than that, I make a meal plan each week, and I am done.

3. Great for Emergencies

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When I began quarterly grocery shopping, I picked up my order, and the clerk at the grocery store asked me, “Are you all preppers?”

I laughed and said, “No. Just stocking up.” They looked confused, but I knew this was a good move to save us money and to make us prepared in case of storms, a power outage, or something else.

Months later the “something else” happened. A pandemic hit. People were flooding the grocery store looking for everything from canned goods to toilet paper.

My family and I didn’t panic. Why? Because we had everything we needed, including toilet paper! I have started scoping out items earlier this shopping trip because I know some items (i.e. toilet paper) will be harder to find.

Plus, some stores are limiting the amount of goods you can purchase. I’m navigating this trip a little differently.

However, it is still worth it, to know my family is taken care of for months at a time. I’m saving money, I’m saving time, I don’t have to tackle the grocery store on a weekly basis, and we are prepared in case of an unforeseen emergency.

4. Takes a Load Off

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Finally, quarterly grocery shopping is great because I feel like I can breathe. I don’t have days where I have to pay bills, order food, go to the grocery store, and meal plan.

Plus, I don’t have to worry about if we’ll be okay if the unforeseen happens. The first time I stocked our pantries to the gills for the following months, I took a deep breath and exhaled because I knew I didn’t have to worry.

Let me be clear, I’m not suggesting anyone hoards items. I’m suggesting you simply shop ahead for the quarter. You’ll realize some items you won’t need to buy every quarter. That’s great because you’ll leave it for others.

Quarterly grocery shopping may not work for everyone, but it has been a blessing to my family. I’m thrilled over the money saved. I love that my schedule has more breathing room. I was relieved that we were prepared when the stores were low on items due to COVID-19.

But most importantly, I like knowing that no matter what the storms of life may bring, our necessities are covered.

If this is of interest to you, check out my post on how to quarterly grocery shop efficiently!