Have you ever realized that you spend a lot of money from impromptu buying of goods and services? All one needs to do is a shopping. Make a list of the things that you need and do an update continually. Save your receipts and go through them to know the stuff you ended up using. Skip on the impulse buying category as they get to drain much cash from you.
Accumulate coupons and ads for the things you use and the stores that you frequent the most. Match the sales and discounts to the items on your list. Bring along a friend as he or she can help ou with different ideas while you are out for shopping. A friend can help you tackle one perimeter of the store while you tackle the other perimeter. Having a monthly shopping trip takes longer than a weekly trip so a division of labor suits that. Doing a good shopping once in a month will save you the travel cost of going to shop weekly or rather daily.
If you have bought foodstuffs, prioritize them well in that you should start with the ones that need to be consumed earlier in the month and the ones that need to be frozen such as milk. When you have started shopping, you need to evaluate and adapt. I cannot guarantee you that you will have everything you need as you will have forgotten some but when this happens, ensure that you have added it to your list. You will eventually adapt to your list and everything will continue running smoothly.
An advantage with shopping monthly rather than weekly is that, fuel prices may increase thus affecting the prices of items that you need to buy. This will make you spend a lot of money shopping weekly as prices of items will have varied while shopping monthly is quite advantageous in that when prices of items are increased after you have done your shopping, you will not be on a losing side and will get to spend the stipulated cash that you had planned for.