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    A couple of weeks ago I was wandering around the internet and stumbled across a blog where a woman was describing her family’s schedule. Among the activities she laid out she mentioned going grocery shopping and running errands “once every month or so“.  How is that even possible? I’m comforting myself with the idea that she must live on a farm or something, because I’m at the grocery store at least two or three times a week, and I feel like I’m running errands more days than not.

    So, I decided to assess my schedule and see if there isn’t a way I could condense my errands – plan ahead and not have so many last minute runs out to the store.  I looked at my calendar for the upcoming month and figured out days that need planning for- preschool days that I’m teaching, parties I’m hosting, and came up with a list of things to be done in connection with them.  (I still have to figure out when to do those things, but it’s a step in the right direction.)  Then I planned out our meals for the next two weeks (I usually plan just one week in advance) and did that shopping today. Already I’ve realized I forgot a key item, and I’ll probably need to do a milk run in about a week, but I’m hopeful that skipping the almost daily trips to the store will cut down on the spending that goes with each trip.  (We will be making stops at the local produce stand, but that counts more as an activity than an errand. :) )

    So tell me, how many times do you grocery shop? How many days are you running errands?  Do you have any tips on how to condense, plan ahead?

    4 Responses to “Running errands”

    1. Hilary says:

      I’m a big fan of condensing errands, mostly becuase it saves on funds. Also, I hate taking kids wtih me, and I alwayshave a kid. :)

    2. Sylvia says:

      I try to condense my errands as much as possible, especially now that school is back in session. I try to plan ahead if need to make a milk or bread run based on dropping-off or picking-up at the school.

      Same with any specialty stores (Health food, pet food, Mall, etc) which are more than 10 miles from the house – I try to allow time to visit those stores either before or after worhsip services since they are in close proximity to each other.

      I also try not to go out for just one errand, if the item i need is a “non-essential”. I try to save return trips for items i forgot or missed so i can do them when i am out again

    3. Julie says:

      Hmmm….I’d say I grocery shop twice a week. I never go to the grocery store without a list. Goes faster that way and saves money on impulse buys. This doesn’t include the occasional Costco trip which is once or twice a month.
      I always plan my meals a week in advance and then shop for that week. But I think you have to go back to the store more than once a month for fruit and veggies that go bad right?
      I would probably be able to stretch my trips out longer if I had more storage space. The people I know that shop infrequently have a pantry the size of my bathroom. So they can stock up, whereas I usually buy what will fit in my space!
      I only condense my errands when I don’t have kids. I can’t do more than 1 or 2 errands with both kids because someone needs a nap, diaper, or food so we usually have to be at home!

    4. Marie says:

      Running errands on my own is a pleasure / luxury. I don’t hurry then. If I have to take more than 2 kids I try not to go. :)

      Menu planning, lists, and pantry space save trips to the store. I keep non-grocery errands to one day a week or less. We sometimes run errands on date night.

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