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You might be surprised how many people shop only once a month — or twice a year.  There are even a good number who taut that they shop only once a year!  For many readers, at times it may well be several times a day!

The reasons for once a month — or twice or once a year — are varied.

For some . . . .

The grocery store is 60 miles away — 120 miles round trip!

Others grow their own produce and have a freezer filled with half-a-side of beef and other meats.

Some families dehydrate, cold cellar, can and preserve like crazy in the summer months.

Then, there are those who raise and butcher their own animals – or raise “dual purpose chickens” — eggs and meat.

Those who live near large bodies of water or streams rely on fishing throughout the year.

Some are farmers who barter and share the vegetables, milk, grains, and animals they raise  — with neighborhood farmers.

These days, some now have their food delivered through Amazon or other such services.

A few have stated —  “I started feeling like I was missing out on quality time with my family” and decided to shop less and be home more.

Still, others are good at foraging for a meal with whatever is available.

There are a few who have taken this route as one of the various ways to get out of debt — buying less food on impulse — “Cut your grocery bill in half!”

There is even an online “App” which calculates the needed quantity of various food items based on your family size, per year — (http://www.thefoodguys.com/foodcalc.html).

All kinds of suggestions are offered to try this once a month, twice a year, or even once a year approach to shopping.

What foods can be stockpiled for years
When is the best time to shop
How to can, dehydrate, or freeze various foods
Alternatives foods to use if a household item is out of supply
What snacks to have on hand to satisfy a hungry family
How to buy in bulk
Ramen noodle recipes
Suggestions on the best powdered milk and/or canned meats & fish
Building a pantry and providing storage
How to maintain inventory
Cutting cost by couponing
Funny answers you can give to the clerk who asks  – “Do you own a restaurant?”

 

You may have never tried anything close to this approach towards grocery shopping and like most shop one or several days a week.

Nevertheless, you know that it would never work if it were applied to the spiritual side of life and living!

A believer can’t get spiritual food in bulk.
Nothing can be stockpiled for years in advance.
There are no coupons which cut the cost to Christian growth.
All the alternatives foods are inferior and do not satiate.
Snack foods are the world’s short-cuts to real needs
We all know that “Ramen Noodles” are what Jacob made for Esau.

In fact, God’s program is D-A-I-L-Y — daily manna was the program then and it is still His program today.

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Other Information & Links:

“If you were paying attention to what we actually do buy, you may have been surprised by a few items:

  • I don’t have the means to roll my own oats—so I buy them.
  • I don’t mill my own flour—even though we are wheat farmers. I hate cleaning the wheat.  If anyone knows a super way to clean it, let me know.  I have a mill, and don’t mind milling it myself—I just hate cleaning it.
  • I don’t make my own vinegar.
  • I don’t have the time to make all the pasta our family consumes.
  • Gallons of vegetable oil are for the cast iron, not our recipes.
  • I never bought sugar until I started canning everything. I have found it impossible to avoid if I choose to preserve as much of my own food as possible.
  • Yes, chocolate. Always buy chocolate.”

from — how to shop only twice a year

 

Grocery Shopping Twice A Year: How We Do It

https://www.self.com/story/grocery-shop-once-a-month

http://matthutter.com/2006/09/26/grocery-shopping-only-once-a-year/

https://www.todayschristianwoman.com/articles/2008/september/vanishing-act.html

http://www.thefoodguys.com/foodcalc.html

Shopping Only Twice A Year

https://www.offthegridnews.com/off-grid-foods/11-best-grocery-store-foods-you-can-stockpile-for-years/

Can You Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half Shopping Only Once a Month?

Once a Month Shopping

https://www.journeyofparenthood.com/spending-smart-groceries-once-month/

https://www.wikihow.com/Save-Money-by-Shopping-Once-a-Month

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