How often do you go to the grocery store? Take our Grocery Shopping Poll.

Discover the Average number of trips that families make the to Grocery Store each week.

How often you go grocery shopping  plays a large part in how much you spend each month on Groceries. The more often you shop, the more you’ll spend on groceries. 

Impulse Buys Will Increase

And the more often you set foot in the store, the more impulse items you’ll put in your cart. In the survey, “Where the Rubber Meets the Road,” it was determined that 60% of the items that average shoppers put in their cart are unplanned purchases — impulse buys. If you reduce your trips to the store, you’ll also reduce the number of impulse items you’ll pick up.

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Cut your grocery bill in half with America's Cheapest Family - Steve & Annette Economides

When we were researching and writing our book, “Cut Your Grocery Bill In Half,” we discovered a couple of studies about our grocery shopping habits.

Here’s what we wrote.

In 2000, A. C. Nielsen produced a study showing that consumers were slightly reducing their trips to the grocery store. The survey revealed the following information:

  • 1997: 94 trips per year (1.8 trips per week)
  • 2000: 90 trips per year (1.73 per week) in 2000.

In 2008 a Food Marketing Institute and Nielsen survey revealed that the decline in grocery store visits has stopped. Now they have found that Americans are going to the store more than previously: 98 trips per year or 1.9 trips per week.

How often you go to the store will definitely affect your grocery bill.

See How You Stack Up – How Many Times Do You Go to the Grocery Store Each Week?

We want to see if Nielsen and The Food Marketing Institute were correct, so if you have a second, could you place your vote? 

This poll was started in 2010 and more than 2000 people have voted. When we moved to a new content management system in 2016 we reset the poll to track current trends. If you’d like to see the results from the previous poll, click here.

6 thoughts on “How often do you go to the grocery store? Take our Grocery Shopping Poll.

  1. Martha Post author

    I actually shop at four different grocery stores, each once/week. I’m a “cherry-picker,” purchasing pretty much only what each store has at a very good price (sale combined with coupon or double coupon). I combine my shopping trips with other chores I have in the area of each respective store. Plus, I often pick up grocery items at CVS and Walgreen’s, when I pass by. I am not working outside the home, so I have the time, energy and desire to do this…and consider this as my “job” (how I contribute to our 2-seniors’ budget).

  2. Hafid Post author

    That is the fitting blog for anybody who needs to find out about saving money. You notice so much its almost laborious to argue with you (not that I truly would need…HaHa). You definitely put a new spin on a subject thats been written about for years. Nice stuff, just great!

  3. Elisa Post author

    I do my “big” grocery shopping once every six weeks but still shop once a week for milk and loss leaders. I stop by after work so I don’t have additional gas expenses to consider.

  4. Starr Post author

    I have found that you can save a lot of money by going a few times to the store each week. This way you can check out the reduced dairy, lunchmeat, produce, etc. I don’t make a special trip, but if I am out I will stop by a store that is close by. As long as you have the self control not to buy anything except the best deals, it is a good idea. But, if you are tempted to by other things, then it isn’t worth it.

  5. Carol Post author

    My husband and I shop together each week. We have lists for the two closest stores and the farmers market when in season. Then we go to the nearest city for specialty shopping like Sam’s Club, health food store, etc.This helps a lot with prices and gas savings too.

    PS our grocery store has a card that allows for gas savings accumulated with shopping there. I can’t wait for your book to arrive to learn more about frugality.

  6. Janice Post author

    I plan my menu and do most of my shopping in one afternoon.  But I have four small children and only one refrigerator, so I have to go twice a week in order to pick up additional milk.  But, I’m good about not being tempted to buy other things while I’m there the second time!

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