It was way back in 2001, that I got introduced to the concept of being paid once a month. Oh boy was it a shock. Then I stumbled on a system we still use 11 years later – meal planning.
The brilliant thing about doing a big once a month grocery shop is you save money – buying in bulk is brilliant for saving, not to mention less visits to the shops = less opportunity to impulse purchase.
For non grocery items I made a note of when I replaced items and multiplied that out for the month. Toilet paper was changed daily, so I’d need roughly 31 rolls for the month, add extra for emergencies. We needed new shampoo roughly once a fortnight and conditioner every 10 days, so 2 bottles of shampoo and 3 conditioner for the month.
In fact the only problem with monthly grocery shop is actually shopping, I needed Ralph to come with me because it filled two trolleys and some of the larger items were heavy. You have to pick it up to put it in the trolley, lift it out again at the checkout, back into the trolley, then into the car, then into the house. Ugh exhausting. It left me with no energy to breakdown the bulk packs of meat and veg to put in the freezer.
As the girls were born there was more stuff needed and less room in the car because they and their car seats took up valuable real estate. Things came to a head after Heidi arrived, she did not like shopping, would scream her way through the Preston Markets where we did our shop. It was horrible.
It was then that I discovered Coles Online, no more holding screaming Heidi and trying to shop, or abandoning Annie and my trolley as I chased an absconding Heidi out of the grocery store. With Coles Online I could shop around Heidi’s schedule – of never ever sleeping – they would deliver the food right into my kitchen, no more lugging things through grocery stores, into the car and back out again.
I love Coles Online, they’ve made life so much easier. Each month I go through the recipes and pick one that looks like fun and hit the super easy ‘buy ingredients’ button.
I can relax at home waiting for my shopping to arrive, and then unpack it all, prep ingredients, get snacks into the fridge and not be shattered and exhausted afterwards. With our family allergies we choose the ‘No Substitutions’ option and occasionally something is not available for delivery, but that is better than getting a substituted item with nuts in it.
I really think they should make their tag line ‘Coles Online – No More Meltdowns’ because neither the children or I have meltdowns about grocery shopping now.
See all these groceries – I did not carry any of them inside!
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for Coles Online, who I love to pieces, they saved my grocery shopping sanity, all opinions are my own.