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Posted on 11/21/2009 10:33:48 AM PST by franksolich
How often do you shop for groceries?
I don't mean for the last-minute half-gallon of milk or package of cigarettes from the convenience store, but the heavy-duty grocery shopping.
All the older siblings and their spouses appeared to shop once a week, filling up the automobile or van to the rafters.
I on the other hand have always emulated the parents, who shopped for groceries every single day excepting Sundays (but then and again, it needs pointed out franksolich has no spouse and dependents, so it's a somewhat different sort of thing).
In the town of circa 3,000 alongside the Platte River of Nebraska, where I spent my childhood, and in the town of circa 3,000 in the Sandhills of Nebraska, the routine of the parents never changed; they went to the grocery store every day (excepting Sundays), usually about 5:00 p.m., and until we were teenagers, hauled my younger brother and I along with them.
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Well, for some reason, you have hit a point that I have a lot to say about.
I HATE grocery shopping It’s a pain. The reason it is a pain is because I have almost always done it once a week and that is why it is such a terrible chore. During the rare times in my life when I wasn’t overwhelmed with so much to do, I could shop three times or more a week and just buy what was needed - that is so much more enjoyable.
I think the Europeans have it right - they shop daily - it is something they do on the way home from work - it is leisurely and they buy just enough for a meal or two or what they need.... it is so much more enjoyable to pick out a few things and head home.
I do not understand the people who shop at Costco and places and buy enough for a small army. People who live an hour or more from a store and need to shop in bulk - or who have extraordinarily large families - are the exception. However, I have a sister-in-law and they buy huge packages of junk for a family of three. It is wasteful and I don’t think they save money. I think Costco, Sam’s and the other places really don’t offer much savings since I look at price per oz., lb., or by weight.
Every other day for me.
My parents went to two different grocery stores when I was young. They had one grocery store that they went to once per week to replenish storable staples. Then there was another smaller store closer to home that they went to maybe twice per week for fresh stuff.
An hour every day?!? That must have been your parents’ version of socializing. I do the big hauls about every three weeks. Any more often is a waste of time and gas to the only grocery store within 20 miles.
My wife’s paycheck is bi-weekly, my income monthly. So we shop bi-weekly. But that doesn’t include picking up things we run out of when needed. But those are small purchases.
Junk or not, when the poo hits the fan, you'll have nothing in your pantry and be sidling up to your sister-in-law.
I would love to be able to run to a store or market every day to pick up dinner. Maybe I’ll do that again when it’s just the two of us at home.
Right now I go every pay day which is twice a month. I’m a Costco person because I have a large family and it makes more sense to buy the 3 pound tub of sour cream verses three smaller ones. I buy paper products and cleaners in bulk as well as some snack items like cheese sticks, etc. I know I can get things cheaper at a grocery store and I do go to both places each pay day but I can’t go to four different stores just to save a dollar. I just don’t have the time or patience to pull that off.
I can’t drive. So I stop off pretty much every weekday and buy a little. That way I never have to carry too much.
Sams club is a ripoff. Even if you don’t factor in the yearly membership fee, it’s still a ripoff. With the yearly fee factored in...
I’m lucky enough to live within a couple hundred yards of a really great grocery store. excellent prices, good quality stuff. I’m spoiled now and I don’t think I could live anywhere where I couldn’t just pop in and buy fresh meat or fresh made deli items any time of day. THey even have lunch counter.
I surreptitiously buy extra toilet paper and canned food to prepare for the Coming Dark Times.
Drives my wife crazy. To defray the cost we only get our wine in box form. Tastes like swill, but mixes well with Powerade and Crysral Light, uck.
If you want "convenience," you can stock up on processed foods and shop less often. You'll save time and gas, but your health will suffer. IMHO, it's not worth it. As my grandma used to say, "If you don't have your health, you don't have anything."
I decided to look at it differently...
Shopping is now daily exercise"...very safe...small loads to carry and a bit of fresh air.
The store is bout a mile away...closer than our local "Y" or Senior Center.
Bonus...People always let someone with two items "cut".
Live outside a rural town of 4000, hate to do groceries and will sometimes pay more at the party store for something just to stay out of the supermarket...
Twice a week for me, the bf, a dog and a cat.
Wife and I go to Costco 2 times a week to get milk..its usually between .35 and .50 less than the grocery store and is actually more convenient to get to than any of the other grocery stores around. But then we are the type Costco doesn’t like. We go in for a set list of items usually milk, lettuce, cereal and ground beef (we know all of those are less expensive per unit than even wally world) and leave. We don’t browse. All I know is that the membership has been paid for less than 6 months into the year the rest is actual savings
I scour the ads every week. But I’m soo stocked up, that unless it’s a great deal price, I don’t shop. And if it’s a great deal price, I buy lots.
Have my own garden, and apple trees, grapes, peach and pear. Men in the family hunt deer and squirrel.
I can, freeze and/or dehydrate...
Have 5 freezers and lots of canned and dehydrated foods. One freezer for fruits and veggies, one for beef, one for pork, one for poultry, one for odds n ends such as deep fryer foods, frozen bread dough, pizza etc...
Yes, you can buy milk and cheese and freeze it. You can even can butter!
Once a quarter to replace a rotational stock of store bought needs. We use a list.
I am like your parents and do a stock up trip at the big grocery store on weekends and stop at the small IGA that’s on my way home from work for fresh items.
Does anybody else live alone? My problem is waste. I get sick of the food before I eat all of it, or it spoils before I can get to it. I sold my big freezer last year because I didn’t keep enough in it to justify the electricity it took to run it. I eat almost all of my meals at home. Work is close by so I even run home for lunch and brown-bag breakfast. I do consulting work afterhours and on weekends so like to keep something here to save time. Sometimes I think it might be cheaper for me to do take out.
Early, every Saturday morning before the masses awaken. (except during deer season or when paddling)
It is a hateful chore because of how many times you have to handle the groceries that you buy. You take it off the shelf and put it in your basket. You take it out of the basket and put in on the check out counter. You put the darn groceries back in you grocery sacks and back into the cart. You put the grocery sacks into your car. You take the grocery sacks out of your car into your house. Then you have to take the crap out of the bags and put in storage.
Are they Democrats too?
I gave up my Costco membership. You can get bulk items at the grocery store now, so I don’t think it makes much sense. I always used to go into Costco and buy a lot things I didn’t need.
It seems like I do 1 big grocery shopping trip every week and get things like milk, eggs, etc. Then I do little grocery shopping trips throughout the week to buy what I need for dinner.
My husband thinks I should only need to go once a week. However, he doesn’t cook, so I don’t think he knows what he is talking about.
I do that. I have a local market, right down the street, with an excellent butcher. Go there every other day or so, for food for a few dinners, keep up with the milk and lettuce. Every few weeks I go to the supermarket not too much farther away, get larger amounts of staples, paper goods and so forth.
That's the key to keeping expenses under control. Plan what you'll eat. Stick to the list. Keep shopping trips to regular intervals so you have a gauge of normal spending. And eat everything you buy. Americans throw something like 20% of their groceries away.
what happens when the power fails?
Well, gee, at least you don’t have to plow the land, put the seeds in and so forth. I say we are all spoiled to the gills. Compared to the Middle Ages.
I live alone. I have zero waste unless something happens to spoil on me. I cook every other day in mild weather and cook every day in cold weather. I’m a big fan of soup. I like to make all kinds of soup from scratch with fresh veggies.
My lab eats all the crumbs and scraps. I don’t know what it is about labs, but they seem to be extra extra fastidious about getting every last little speck, like a cat. And mine likes veggies, even raw and unseasoned. So all the trimmed skin and bad spots I cut off fresh produce get gobbled up by the dog. If something spoils, i trim off the mold, and give the rest to the dog.
I never keep a fridge stocked up. I stock up the cupboards and the basement pantry. The fridge is almost always bare.
We live along the Yukon and our road is closed over half the year. Nearest sams & costco is 600 miles away. We eat alot of salmon, moose, and caribou. Grow huge garden, usually have 1000 lb taters in basement, ect.
We still haul in about 6 gran worth of food supplies every fall before road drifts shut. Beats paying 3X the price flying it in on bush planes. Oh how I wish I could bag my own groceries, ha.
Waste is my big problem. I have 3 teenagers, and I like having things around for them just to be able to eat. However, it seems like they don’t eat some of the things I buy (bread for sandwiches, bananas). I also buy things like bananas/apples/oranges once a month, and rotate those things. That way they don’t get sick of them.
Now, I try to keep things that don’t go bad quickly (oatmeal, cereal, canned goods, frozen pizzas, pasta).
Don’t forget taking it out of storage and hauling into your kitchen. Then unloading the morsels from its boxes and cans into your skillet, then unloading your skillet onto your plate, then unloading your plate into your mouth. THen hauling the plate into the kitchen for cleaning, then restocking the cupboards with clean dishes.
It’s way more efficient to be a coyote. Get hungry? stand up and chase a rabbit. Then eat it. then lay down.
Cows really got it made.
It really helps cut that down
Yep. Main reason to use the list. We can from our garden. Hunt an fish an barter for stuff we need with stuff we have excess of. Have a neighbor who gives us eggs in return for venison etc.
No waste here.
It has been several months for me, when I can I prefer to buy at least a years supply of some things like grits, toilet paper, rice, canned goods and such.
Even eggs and milk and bread, I may go a month or more, I freeze some milk and the bread and the eggs I buy as fresh as possible and keep them as cold as possible with out freezing them.
Actually I do grow a lot of my own food and preserve it. The husband hunts.
I always thought the Jetson’s had a good thing going on!
This seems to be one of those either-or. I make a trip to the big-boxes about once a month, though lately I've been able to stretch it out to six weeks. I keep a running "Sam's" list of cat food, dog food, TP and other paper products. I save HUGE by storing stuff like Swiffers, cleansers from Sam's. Plus, I love to see shelves in the basement with stored canned goods. Just satisfies the "root cellar" impulse in me. I like the feeling of being provided for over the long haul. I could prepare pantry recipes for months out of my store. When the kids come home, they go "shopping" in my basement.
If you manage well, you'll save hundreds a year by storing and shopping in bulk. I also order some kinds of food in quantity. I was surprised to find out that some places will ship for free if you buy in quantity.
The kind of lifestyle you describe where you pick up food everyday is only for city dwellers, and only for city dwelling that is convenient and comfortable. I always hear people talk enviously of how those in German villages just walk to their market and then go home and cook.
How much does that food cost per serving? Might surprise you. What do their homes look like? To Americans, their apartments seem like walk-in closets.
But, the fresh ingredients do appeal to me.
While I am in a rural area, the resort up the road put in a luxury Fresh Mart-type place and now I can do European-style shopping out here in the boonies, using my bulk-purchased canned tomatoes from Sam's.
However, their fresh meat and produce is EXPENSIVE, which would be like European sidewalk markets.
It's a trade-off. So, I love Sam's.
Wow. I thought I was roughing it when I lived 90 minutes from the closest Safeway! I hate shopping period.
Get a small new energy efficient freezer:)
Get yourself a replicator like on startrek.
Once a week — but you always forget something or run out of something you thought you had more of, so it’s actually twice a week.
I also love Cabot cheddar cheese. The big brick is about ten dollars. Sometime look at what a morsel of Cabot costs in your local small grocery. Cheese keeps a long time in the fridge.
Their deli section with refrigerated pastas has some great deals. Often their meat is marked down as too old--so I take it home and freeze it immediately. I have saved quite a bit with pot roasts. Polska kielbasa--buy a dozen links and freeze. Sam's rotisserie chickens are almost twice as big as those you'll find in you local mart--and they cost less per bird.
I get mad when I run out of a cleaning product and have to purchase it at non-Sam's prices. Or Bounty paper towels, purchased one roll at a time? OW! Next time, at Sam's, I'll buy twice as much as usual so I won't run out till 2011.
I’ve tried shopping, and don’t like how much stuff costs. It costs me more to buy the simple basics, especially milk and cheese here. The average block of cheese is almost 10 bucks here!
If I were working more, I’d keep a fridge stocked. As it is, it’s just not worth the hassle. I also find that I eat less just picking up something everyday, and eating just the one meal.
I enjoy the art of cooking healthy, interesting meals for family and friends. The only time the kids ate exotic foods such a Hamburger Helper, Hawaiian Punch, or Prego was at their friends' homes. Our sons grew up and married wonderful women who had grown-up in heat-n-eat households. Nowadays the 'boys' do most of the cooking, and the 'girls' do most of the washing up.
Sweet Hubby and I have retired to Northern Nevada. Twice a month we drive an hour into Reno to do our major shopping. We purchase most of our bread, dairy, meat, and produce at Whole Foods. Wal-mart is our store of choice for stock items. A favorite feature of our new home is our 6'X8' pantry.
Since I buy perishables and produce, I generally take a several small trips a week.
Another good topic would be...
How often do you shop for ammo?
One of the reasons I shop at Walmart. I can do both at the same time.
Oy, paying retail for ammo?
Once a week on Tuesday. I hit Target, PetSmart and CostCo in that order. I get very little in Target, mostly cleaning supplies. I get special Dog Food at PetSmart for my terrier with allergies and the bulk of goods are purchased at Costco. I hit up Trader Joe’s once or twice a week for less than $20 of goodies. If CostCo would sell some of their stuff in reasonable (i.e smaller) quantities they could probably run a bunch of the others out of business.
One of the reasons I do not shop at WalMart. The local one agreed not to carry ammo to placate and buy off enough of the local liberals who opposed them coming in. Screw them. I do not darken the doors of that establishment. I buy nothing there ever!
I don’t buy milk. Never use it. Rarely use bread either. Cheese is bought wherever/whenever I find a good price...not picky about flavor. the only thing I use cheese for is to sprinkle over veggies, pasta, or soup.
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