When I started this new system of planning 4 weeks of meals and then shopping sales, I thought it would take a long time to pay off. Turns out, it didn't! My grocery list this week, once I take out all of the things I already have on hand, is only 23 items! For a family of 5, that's awesome! And most of it is fresh "stuff", which is my real goal. I love that we are eating better, and a lot less canned and processed food.