We're a fly by the seat of our pants kind of family. Most activities we do are spur of the moment! Camping trips are usually planned 2 or 3 days before the weekend, movies are a night before kind of thing, and dinner is usually decided around noon!
I spent about 3 weeks or so in Costa Rica after high school and one of the things I noticed was that most people there went day by day to the local supermarket for groceries they needed, as in they didn't DO a monthly grocery shopping quest for everything they needed all at once. I imagine that this was because money is scarce and spending hundreds of dollars all at once is pretty much unheard of. Whenever I go down there with my Aunt and Uncle (my uncle is the one that is from there but we go less so since marriage and kids) my Aunt always stocks up my Uncles family and friends with groceries before she leaves.
The day by day local supermarket system is pretty much what I adopted when I returned home. I tried buying groceries all at once but being 19 (at the time) and on my own with bills and responsibilities for the first time, I was apalled as well at spending hundreds of dollars at one time for food. And fresh veggies are so tricky! I had more than one stalk of broccoli go bad in my fridge before I gave up on the idea of monthly grocery shopping.
Trial and error has taught me the wonders of a deep freezer so these days my grocery trips are not day to day but we make the trip to the store at least 3 times a week still.
I want to try (*gasp!*) monthly grocery planning. Meal planning and budgeting seem to be the way to cut the grocery budget (we all know we go IN the store for something but come out with everything else which really eats away at the dollar and cents).
Do you meal plan and grocery shop monthly? Or do you buy groceries as you need them?