Why the French Grocery Shop Every Day

Why the French Grocery Shop Every Day

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One thing I admire about French women (and there are many things) is their ability to shop for their meals every day. No stocking up for a month, or even a few weeks, for these girls. They don’t want to be tied down to food they have in the house, but rather eat whatever they fancy on any given day. Really, fresh meats, bread, cheese, and vegetables every day – what’s not to admire about that?

Unfortunately, most cities, suburbs, villages, etc. in the United States are not set up for you to quickly run to the store each day. Due to the time consuming drive and the endless selections everywhere we look, a quick trip to the market – or worse, Costco – can easily turn into an hour – so long that you’ve forgotten why you went there in the first place.

I am not advocating wasting food that you currently have in the house. But what would happen if we were to grocery shop like the French – changing our whole outlook on food and shopping – buying only what we need for that day or maybe the next? Would we enjoy our food more? Waste less? Would we be healthier?

If you’ve found a way to grocery shop like the French – even with a busy lifestyle; or if you’ve experienced positive results from shopping this way (ie becoming healthier, etc.) please share your secret du jour!



  1. Greetings! We shop twice a week and LOVE it. It really helps us eat more fruits and veggies and leads to less waste. We shop at our local grocery store and avoid the Sams/Costcos of the world, its just TOO much…unless you have four children, in which case, have at it. So it can be done – with a little planning. 🙂

    • Bonjour Marta! That’s fantastic that you can grocery shop twice a week to reduce waste. It does take planning as well as practice and discipline.

  2. Here yet another article that got me nodding all the way. I used to shop every day, believe or not, in Sydney, where I happened to live close to a farmer’s market and fish market. I would even walk for 1.5 hours to my favourite bakery just for the best loaf and exercise especially on weekend mornings. I’m very picky about bread and cheese. Living here in Seoul, it all seems luxurious and I miss it a lot. I can’t wait to do it when I go to France soon.

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