Can Once a Month Cooking Save You Money?

Posted by Madison on October 20, 2011

I’ll admit, my personality is a tad bit compulsive. It wasn’t enough just to buy in bulk to save money on groceries. And even converting to once a month grocery shopping and considering buying a cow didn’t end the frugal grocery shopping roller coaster I’m currently riding.

Once a Month Cooking

But now, it’s gone to a whole new level. I shopped last weekend for hours and I am all prepared for a once a month cooking marathon this weekend, thanks to once a month mom. If all goes well, at the end of the day on Saturday I should have 30 meals prepared and in the freezer, eliminating the need to cook for a month!

Tricia at once a month mom, not only prepares the menu based on items currently on sale, but converts the recipes to be compatible with freezer storage, gives you a grocery list based on the number of people in your family, and optimized instructions for the big cooking day, eliminating any need for planning on my part.

I’m excited, but honestly a little terrified at what’s in store for me this weekend. I can pour over details of Roth IRAs, credit card bonuses, and asset allocation for 7 hours straight, but I don’t know if the same can be said about cooking!

Can Once a Month Cooking Save Money?

Ideally, if I have a freezer full of pre-cooked meals, we won’t eat out as much, saving money not only on groceries, but on dining out… another big hole in our budget. Obviously, this should be a timesaver, but will this actually save money? I don’t know yet, but I am game for finding out. And I’d be interested to hear from any of you who have done something similar.

I’ll do my best to provide updates on Facebook this weekend!

Have you ever done once a month cooking? Did it save you money?



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Comments to Can Once a Month Cooking Save You Money?

  1. I will be interested to see how your weekend goes and the following month. OAMC has never interested me in the past, but now that I am working more hours at our business and my kids are becoming more involved in nightly activities, I am finding that I just don’t have as much time anymore for lengthy dinner prep.

    Good Luck

    Kristia {Family Balance Sheet}

    • Kristia,
      The weekend was pretty long. It took me 9 hours on Saturday to complete all the cooking. However, I’m probably not as efficient as some people.

      After I recovered from the cooking day, I can’t even begin to tell you how great the week was! Not having to prepare dinner could possibly be one of the greatest things on earth!


  2. I have been toying with the idea of once a week cooking, but once a month? Wow, I’m impressed. I would also like to know how that is going.

    Lori Riddle

    • Lori,

      All I can say is that I wish I would have found this concept sooner!

      I would give the once a week cooking a try!


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