(Closed) Your food plan strategy: how do you shop for food?

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Post # 62
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2000

@sienna76:  

I actually shop online and get it delivered.

It started as something I fought against (internally). My husband often works well past dinner time and understandably likes to chill on the weekends and multiple sclerosis can make shopping trips and schlepping groceries an unpredictable proposition at best for me. I finally tried it one day. Low and behold, it’s the perfect solution (for us). 

He’s not worried/guilty about me doing it by myself, and I’m able to take the time to properly compare prices and strategise deals without being overwhemled with the 10 aisles left to go or the sensory overload leaving my mind a blank mess.

We’ve actually wound up saving a good deal because I’m not wiped out and throwing any old thing in there just to get it done. I’ve also gotten around to trying a lot of new recipes because I can look at the recipe website or pdf as I order in an environment that is a lot less demanding than a shopping centre (I would invariably forget something). With the online format, if they’ve not packed it up yet (which you can check), you can switch/amend to your heart’s content.

The service we use also price matches with the bargain stores in our area (in the form of a voucher for the difference that can be redeemable during the transaction). This always seems to cover the already reasonable cost for delivery. The delivery ‘slots’ are a two hours period you choose. The delivery man stays with you (if you wish) as you double check the items with the easy-to-read, normal size paper reciept. So far so kick-ass.

Post # 62
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

We have a set grocery list for common stuff we use all the time. Tomatoes, bell peppers, basmati rice, onions, chili powder, butter beans, salad greens, yogurts and cheeses, broccoli, ground beef, chicken, fish, etc. That will take care of our usual “staple” meals like stuffed bell peppers, beans and rice (which lasts two large diners and at least one lunch portion), and burrito bowls.

Then I’ll look at sales ads and see if there’s anything we can get that’s new. A 3lb pork loin on sale will feed the two of us at least two dinners, same with a chuck roast. We’ll alternate nights when we eat food, too. Like Friday night I made a huge batch of chili, last night I made baked catfish with steamed broccoli, and tonight we’ll have leftover chili. I’m making jambalaya on Monday for that night, and on Wednesday, and on Tuesday we’ll probably have a chicken dish depending on what my fiance is craving. 

 

Post # 63
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

We do a little both of planning and getting a little of “whatever” type of stuff.

I always plan & purchase enough for meals, as well as some “screw it” type meals like pizza or frozen foods for when we get home late, or are in a hurry, and then we get some snackage food like hot pockets and things.

Fi normally takes leftovers, I normally eat mircowave stuff for lunch [he eats more than I do so he normally takes whatever is left from dinner, where as I can get by on a half a can of soup].

Post # 64
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

Erm…SO and I shop every Friday evening, right after work. We buy our own groceries because I’m on a diet to lose weight, and he’s on one to gain. Our food just doesn’t mix well when our calorie intake is so different.

Cooking? What’s that? 🙁 We haven’t made a meal from scratch in months. We buy the “healthiest” prepackaged stuff we can find. I eat a lot of organic frozen dinners and yeah…we really look forward to having a bigger place so we can set up a pantry and actually cook!

There’s one bright side to buying weekly, though. Produce never has time to go bad and we can always buy more next week!

Post # 65
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

sienna76:  I plan menus for the week on Thursday or Friday and we grocery shop on Saturday mornings. I like to get the list down early so that I have time to look for coupons for the next week. I check our Google calendars to see which nights we are going out etc. so we don’t plan dinners those nights. Our goal is always less than $100 a week and we keep a running list on the fridge of items we run out of while cooking. It’s easy and works for us. We rarely go to the store during the week unless I forgot to put something important on the list (like coffee) or we decide to have people over. I love having people over though, so I don’t mind!

Post # 66
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

We usually figure out all the meals that we want to have that week, and base our shopping list on that.  FI likes to do the grocery shopping every Sunday, so I let him.  Honestly, we tend to buy mostly the same things every week – we’re very boring eaters!

ETA: I make most of our meals from scratch, which I fully enjoy.  I bake wheat thins and make our own peanut butter!  

Post # 67
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Bumble bee

SO and I live with my parents. My dad does most of the grocery shopping and he’s like that- buy just enough for 2-3 days, then do the dance again. My mom, SO, and I are totally different. (We’re trying to wrestle the grocery shopping away from Daddy cause it drives us nuts). Basically, SO and I walk through a store and buy what we need as we see it. We don’t plan a menu, but keep enough items on hand such as sauces, spices, etc, that making a meal is no hassle. We may need to go back if we want something  specific, but we can come up with something most nights. 

Post # 68
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Growing up, my mom was just like you and still is. I’m more like your friend… I’ll go through phases where I plan and organize meals, but that only lasts a couple weeks max. 

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