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Monthly Grocery Shopping


Lately I have had lots of question about how I do once-a-month grocery shopping.  So, instead of answering individual emails I thought I would post what has worked for me on my blog. Before I start I should let you know that through some research you could probably find endless ideas on the Internet. 

1.  About a week before my Grocery shopping day I start making a list of meals that I would like to cook for the month. I list about 10 different dinners, 5 lunches, 5 breakfasts, and a few snacks. I make a notation next to any item that is found in a cookbook, with the name of the cook book and page number.

2. After this is done I start making a list of all items needed for cooking the meals. I then write all the meals on a blank calendar. Repeating the meals until everyday is filled with a meal or “leftovers.” Now, Jimmy works shift work so I mark his schedule on the same calendar and plan our meals accordingly. For example, if he is working days, I know I need to cook something he can take to work the next day for lunch, and if he is working nights I need to cook something fairly quick as he needs to eat before he leaves and take a lunch. On days that he is off we tend to have fun food that he wouldn’t normally want to take as a lunch. Such as pizza, hamburgers, and things like that.  While making my list I will write amounts needed or how many meals I need the item for. For example if I have ground beef on my list I will put the number of pounds I need for my month of meals.  If I need canned tomatoes I will notate how many I will need. (  I buy diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and a few other things by the case at Sam’s)

3.  I then check my pantry to see if I have any ingredients on hand needed to make the meals on my plan, and mark them off the list. I continue adding things to my list that are needed for the household also.  Don’t forget the staples: flour, oil, sugar, etc.

4.  I then make a copy of my calendar and post one on the fridge, and the other goes in a binder for future reference.

I usually make one trip to Sam’s and a trip to Wal-Mart. We do have to go back to the store throughout the month for milk, bread, and eggs. This is a huge time saver and works for us. I sometimes will prepare part of my meals and freeze them,but that’s a whole other topic.  At this stage in our life this is what is working for us, and I am forever looking for new ways to simplify and save in this area. I hope this has been helpful, and if you have any questions or suggestions feel free to leave a comment.

We have been enjoying our summer so much this year.  One day last week we met a friend at the water park and had a blast. However, I did get quite fried. I can never seem to remember to put sunblock on myself. I lather the kiddos up good and by the time they are all done I have forgotten that I might need to take care of myself. Isn’t that how it always goes. Anyway, here are a few pictures.


Grace wasn’t too sure about the water.


These two are so much alike its not funny.


As you can see Luke has come a long way with the water. This was the first year he really enjoyed himself.


And Grace did loosen up and enjoy the water.




Sydney and Abby making fishy faces.

I havn’t updated in while, and I am still at a loss for words, but here are some pictures I’ve taken around the house.


Hodges Gardens

We recentlly took the kids to Hodges Gardens for a camping trip. We had never been before, and we had such a good time.


This is one of the first pictures we took when we arrived. As the kids gathered together to take the picture, I found my self counting them over and over. Each time I counted six, and thought is that it, that doesn’t look like a lot of  kids. I looked at Jimmy and said, ” that’s it, that’s all the kids we have? Awww we could have another one.” Now I was about 20 feet awayfrom them and they were all standing still and smilling.


This was our cabin. It was very nice, and I can’t wait to go back.


Jimmy and the older children stayed in a tent by the lake, while the babies and I slept in the cabin. That is the way to camp if you ask me!


We rented a boat for the day and the kids went fishing with thier daddy.


And for those who have camped with us before (you know who you areUncle Terry and Meme)We collected porcupine eggs in your honor.

Delight yourself in the LORD
       and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 37:4 (New International Version)

This verse has been on my mind a lot lately. Often times I have quoted it to justify what I was praying for at the time. The prayer may have been a good thing and seem to be the most logical thing to happen. However, innocent as it may have been, “WAS IT GOD’S WILL FOR MY LIFE??”  I have seen many children’s programs in good churches use this verse with focus on, ” he will give you the desires of your heart.” What about the ” delight yourself in the Lord” part. What does it mean to delight yourself in the lord? I’m still trying to wrap my mind around that part. I have been wondering what the desires of my heart are. Yes I desire lots of things some earthly and some eternal, but what I desire most is a meek and quiet spirit. To me that is a beautiful thing to be content with not being heard. Not having to get my point across, and being content. Knowing that if I don’t make others see it my way it is ok. It is about planting the seed and letting the holy spirit do the rest.

Last Friday we went to Grandma Dear’s family reunion in Alexandria. It was a beautiful day!!!! Jimmy and Grace were like two peas in a pod. He is such a good daddy!