I have tried so many different methods to be efficient and save money when it comes to grocery shopping.
I’ve shopped weekly, bi-weekly, and even monthly. I have tried Costco, Walmart, and just my local grocery store for all my grocery shopping needs. But I was never completely satisfied. I always knew I could cut back on my grocery bill while still buying good quality foods, but the process I was using wasn’t working.
I found the best way to really stick to a grocery budget, was to STAY OUT OF THE GROCERY STORE.
Now I know what you’re thinking, how am I supposed to buy groceries without going to a grocery store?
The best way I have found to do this is by shopping with Azure Standard. Azure Standard is a grocery co-op online. What I love most about shopping Azure Standard is I can buy in bulk or in smaller sizes and they only sell good quality food.
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Here is how it works:
Click here to head over to the Azure Standard website.
Find the closest drop location near you. If they don’t have one close to you, you may consider becoming a drop coordinator in your town! That would be such a blessing to others in your community.
Once you have set your drop location, you can start filling your cart! There are so many options from flours, sugars, cereal, spices, meats, and even produce!
They also have a good amount of gluten free items. I usually buy my gluten free bread making flours, as well as my oats, some snacks, and gluten free cereals.
Once your cart is filled and you have picked a drop location, don’t forget to submit your order! You can continue to fill your cart even after submitting your order, up until the cut-off time.
Your drop time and date for the month is based on your drop location. When that time and date arrives, head to the set location and pick up all your groceries that are nicely packaged and ready for you, right off the refrigerated semi-truck!
It is so easy and efficient!
A couple things to remember about using Azure Standard…
- You only get one drop a month.
So, pay attention to your drop date and plan accordingly. If you miss your drop for the month you have to wait until next month. After the first month, it does get easier in judging when your about to run out of an item. Your drop time and date are roughly the same week every month, so it makes it easy to plan.
2. Don’t forget to submit your order.
Since you only get one drop a month, if you forget to submit your order then you miss out…. Don’t ask me how I know this.🙃
Once I switched my mindset on ordering all online it really was simple. Every time I ran out of something, I would grab my phone right then and there and check to see if Azure carried it or something similar. After the first month I had a good base of my bulk ingredients. Then my orders were easier, and I got into a rotation of items.
There are some staples I buy every month (like potatoes, carrots, onions, cereal etc.) but other things like flour and sugar, I usually only buy every couple months because I buy them in bulk.
Always remember your first order will be the most expensive. You need to build up your bulk ingredients and get all your staples. After that you are just “restocking” your shelves every month as needed.
I do go to the local grocery store once or twice a month for milk and any produce that won’t last for the whole month and that I am not growing in the garden. But the bulk of my shopping is done on Azure Standard.
I give a step by step tutorial in my latest You Tube video below! I show you what the website looks like, how to find your closest drop, and some of the items I buy. Go check it out and give it a thumbs up!
Shopping with Azure Standard has been such a blessing for my family! I love the fact that I always have good food in my cupboards, fridge, and freezers and the convenience is just an added bonus.
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