I keep a running list on my frig of things that I have run out of or am about to run out of. Toward the end of the month I will use that list and look through my pantry and any recipes I have clipped to try. That is how I make my initial list. I also look through my coupons for those that are about to expire and the most recent sale fliers.
I go to the store with a detailed list. Marking items I have coupons for and items that I am price matching.
At one time I was shopping weekly at drugstores and chasing grocery deals. It became overwhelming and I felt like I was on the go all the time. I didn't feel like it was a good use of my time. That is when I made the decision to do my main shopping once a month at W*l-Mart.
Main pantry in the kitchen.I buy enough milk and fresh fruits and produce to last two weeks. The things like bananas I know need to be eaten first and things like apples keep fresh longer.
Cabinet next to the stove that housing baking and spice related items.
I do have to make stops for milk and such during the month. Many times I will have Chuck stop and do that on his way home from work. If there is an exceptional deal and room in the budget I will do some stocking up during the month. I am one of those weird people that love to grocery shop! I find that the less trips I make to the store the less money that I spend.
This week with sales and coupons I was able to get cereal for less then $1.40 a box so I thought it was worth it to make a trip out for that.
With the unstable economy I have been trying to stock up each month. I will buy a few extra canned goods and watch for the great deals (like the cereal this week). In our third bedroom there is a closet that ended up being a catch all. It has been cleaned out and Chuck searched for some wood from the shed and this is what became of the closet.
Now I have a nice area to store my home canned goods and for additional food storage. I love having the extra food stored because you never know when you might need to skip a shopping trip or two. Each week I am able look through the pantry and freezer to plan my meals. I hope this was helpful and I answered all of your questions.
I hope you are taking time to enjoy the simple moments!