ITS A "GROCERY STORE WEEKEND"!! How do you shop for the basics???

  • HndsmKansan

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    Jun 12, 2009 3:57 PM GMT
    I call it a "Grocery store weekend".. every other week when I go to the "Dillons Marketplace" stores in Wichita and get everything I need for 2 weeks.

    I'm methodical about the approach.. I follow the same path every time I'm in the store. I allow myself a few goodies, ignore most of the rest. Have coupons and try and capitalize on what I can that is prudent to consider.
    Always get fruits and veggies, always visit my frozen aisle.. get yogart, my skim milk. I don't hate it like I used to... I'd much prefer to make the effort than go hungry....

    I'm also amazed how many people look at you in a grocery store.

    So are you organized about your shopping? Are you a "stop and pick up a few things when you run out.. sort of person? Do you enjoy it?
    Curious.....
  • DrewT

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    Jun 12, 2009 4:45 PM GMT
    I'm not that methodical! LOL It takes a lot of effort, and the same menu, which I can't do.

    I go for what looks good, and stock up on the necessaries when I need to. But I think that is going to have to change. Budgeting requires better choices.

    And of course people look at you in a grocery store. It's a public place and you're probably moving way too fast! lol icon_smile.gif (I used to work for one, most people meander)
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    Jun 12, 2009 4:45 PM GMT
    I'm very organized and, being unemployed, on a strict budget. I have all the basics written down; brown rice, lentils, quinoa, frozen veggies, yogurt and dried beans and such. I go to Jewel because it's a couple blocks away and those items are pretty cheap there. I then look for whatever meat is on sale. Beggars can't be choosers when it comes to cheap protein.

    I go to Costco for the giant bag of trimmed frozen chicken breasts. It's not the cheapest, but it's very convenient and the giant bag lasts me a month. Also, the giant bag of frozen blueberries is dirt cheap and lasts forever.

    I hit Whole Foods for other frozen fruit. Oddly, their frozen fruit is better and cheaper than anything at Jewel. I know, it shocked me too. I get my frozen peaches and pineapple for smoothies there as well as treat myself to one of those gigantic Carol's cookies they sell near the check out stands once a week.

    After I get what I intended, I always do a random lap to see if there is anything else that catches my eye or happens to be a really good deal.
  • GQjock

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    Jun 12, 2009 4:49 PM GMT
    Nope ... a day at a time shopper here

    If I buy ahead of time things tend to get eaten before they were supposed to icon_redface.gif
  • jrs1

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    Jun 12, 2009 4:57 PM GMT

    I usually spend more than I intend because I dislike preservatives and all that unnatural jazz ... but I have to begin writing a list, else I forget what it was that I went to the store to buy in the first place.
  • coolarmydude

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    Jun 12, 2009 5:01 PM GMT
    Usually on Sunday mornings, I go to the DECA commissary at about 8:30 AM before they officially open at 9 AM. It's only 5 minutes away. I go with a list, my coupons and my reusable bags. I completely skip the produce section because I stop at the Farmer's Market on the way back and get my produce from there. It supports a lot of the local farmers; not entirely, but it works for me!

    Anyways, I love going first thing in the morning because there's hardly anyone to be in your way, the shelves are full and the store is clean. You can actually hear the music at that time. I only go through the aisles that I need to go through. Finally, I self-checkout. The whole process only takes about 30-40 minutes. If I went at any other time of the day, it would take an hour and a half at least.
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    Jun 12, 2009 5:02 PM GMT
    I tend to go grocery shopping every other day based on what I am hungry for that day. It's only a few blocks away so it isn't a big deal. I also go to the farmers market weekly for herbs,honey, salsa, preserves, bread, nuts and fruit.
    I eat a lot of fresh produce and whole foods and it never seems to last if I try to plan ahead, plus I can't stand throwing things out.

    I go to a busy grocery store in the middle of the city with cute guys and people I know as to avoid buying junk food. I get embarrassed buying chips and soda or processed foods (and toilet paper, but that is an entirely different psychosis icon_redface.gif), although I am not sure why. If it keeps junk out of my cupboards, I am fine with it.
    Shopping as a single person is heaven. My ex and I could never agree on what to eat so it made grocery shopping a real pleasure..icon_sad.gif
  • silverfox

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    Jun 12, 2009 5:04 PM GMT
    Since I live alone I don't like to do a "big" trip to the grocery store because I end up wasting food.

    When i am sure that I am making dinner for myself the same day, that is when I go into the store.

    I follow the rules I used to tell my clients when I was personal training:

    Shop the perimeter of the store and avoid spending too much time in the aisles. The perimeter usually has the deli, meats, and fresh non processed foods (except for the bakery, avoid that!).

    Oh and never go to the grocery store hungry.

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    Jun 12, 2009 5:16 PM GMT
    I shop everyday, almost. The organic food market is right on my way back from the gym.

    I cant imagine eating 2-week old veggies....or milk ... or meat . icon_eek.gif

    But then I dont live on the prairies, have to hitch up the team, and drive into town to shop . icon_rolleyes.gif
  • Timbales

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    Jun 12, 2009 5:22 PM GMT
    We shop a few times a week. My diet is fairly consistent, so it's really a no brainer.
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    Jun 12, 2009 5:56 PM GMT
    Hmm...

    I plan my meals out by the week to fit not only with routine but with dietary concerns addressed. I try to buy ahead but that is difficult depending who is home at the time and how many I need to cook for. I do make lists and roam the store one item at a time...I should probably make my list according to store placement, eh?icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 12, 2009 6:45 PM GMT
    I do it weekly. But I am not as methodical as hndsknsn. I do the same route, sticking to the perimeter and only going down aisles if I have to. I buy the same things week to week. The only thing that may be haphazard is the produce section. It depends on if the deals are there. If they arent, then I go to the farmer's market near my dad's house which has some great deals on fruits and veggies.
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    Jun 12, 2009 7:00 PM GMT
    My least favorite chore of all time. I can't remember how many times I've driven to the supermarket, gotten there and seen how mobbed it was and just left, resigning myself to starvation or some old rice I have left in the cupboard. Sometimes I make a list, but often can't find it when I get to the supermarket, so I just do my usual which is to try to figure out what I'm going to like to eat for the next n number of days (which often does not turn out to be what I wind up wanting anyway), and try to match that up with expiration dates and how wilted the broccoli already looks or how unripened or overripened the other produce is. After the produce section, I have to pass the deli counter. Sometimes I don't make it and buy myself a half pound of ham or something else guaranteed to kill me (oooh, roast beef!). There's a spot worn out on the floor where I transition from the produce section to the deli section because when I get there, I literally dance back and forth as the war within me between good and evil erupts. Should I? Shouldn't I? Then there's the bakery section and lucky me, there's not a decent piece of bread to be found in all of the United States. All American breads are like sponges or magic disintegrating foam. The exceptions to that rule are breads that break your teeth on the day after they're baked. Everything else in an American bakery has more colors than an acid trip. And the sugar content is enough to make your teet shake, so I pass em by. The seafood counter and I have an on again off again relationship. I like fish and seafood. My other half is finicky about it. I hate that. Then, yummy meat, which lately I've gotten really sick of. When I get to the meat section, I remember how bored I am of meat and then have to dash back to the produce section where they keep the vegetarian taste-like-meat foods. Lately, they taste better than meat. Then it's back to the meat section to satisfy that part of me that knows that in a day or two, I'll want meat. There is a practical side to me. After that, I just lay down on the supermarket floor in a fetal position until they take me out and bring me to my car. No, really, I continue shopping but it sucks as bad as the rest of this formless paragraph.
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    Jun 12, 2009 7:02 PM GMT
    jprichva saidI don't shop.
    I order from NASA. I buy the "food" that you squeeze out of those toothpaste tubes just like the astronauts. It also helps with portion control. You just roll the bottom of the tube up a precise number of turns, and voila! Dinner. Or lunch. You get the idea.


    It would be heaven on earth if it was possible to live that way, no? I think of all the time spent dealing with food. Shopping for it, preparing it, eating it and shitting it out after. And it never stops! I feel like a gerbil sometimes.

    Does anyone have a gerbil I could borrow?
  • coolarmydude

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    Jun 12, 2009 7:15 PM GMT
    Ask Richard Gere. icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 12, 2009 7:17 PM GMT
    First stop Haymarket for fruits, cheese, fresh fish..the grocery store for meats, beans, and the re-stocking of pantry. Usually buy things on special, such as chicken 2 for 1
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    Jun 12, 2009 7:20 PM GMT
    jprichva saidI don't shop.
    I order from NASA. I buy the "food" that you squeeze out of those toothpaste tubes just like the astronauts. It also helps with portion control. You just roll the bottom of the tube up a precise number of turns, and voila! Dinner. Or lunch. You get the idea.


    Mmmmmm, Tang! Breakfast of astronauts.
  • EricLA

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    Jun 12, 2009 7:28 PM GMT
    I'm a creature of habit, so I'm pretty methodical. Usually do my shopping Saturday after the gym. Friday night or Saturday morning I'll look through the fridge and freezer and my cabinets to see what I need. Then I review the supermarket ads of the three markets in my general area. And, if I remember, I review the coupons I've collected, too.

    One market is off my usual path, so I only go there if they have a great deal that makes it worthwhile. I'd rather only go to one market when I can, but it really depends what's on sale.
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    Jun 12, 2009 7:34 PM GMT
    Well, I hate this. I have to go grocery shopping as it turns out. christ!

    I'm off...
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    Jun 12, 2009 7:54 PM GMT
    Actually, since the supermarket is right near the gym, I'll often go after a workout. Once or twice a week for fresh fruits, vegetables, and meat/fish. Sort of 'as needed.'
    I can't go every day, and every two weeks doesn't allow for the 'fresh' aspect.
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    Jun 12, 2009 7:58 PM GMT
    I shop day per day. Goes against the theories, but for me, when I go in, I know what I want, and am much less likely to bring home the evil snacks.

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    Jun 12, 2009 8:14 PM GMT
    I shop 4-5 times per week usually - I tried shopping once per week, and I inevitably ended up going to the store when I didn't need to and spending beyond my budget.

    So I try and shop for a little bit every day - I buy fresh bread sometimes, and whatever fruits/veggies look good.
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    Jun 12, 2009 8:16 PM GMT
    I rely nearly entirely on my bike to get me around, including to the grocery store.

    Every now and then I can get my friends to take me if I really feel like sinking a lot of cash into my food supply at one time.

    Usually though, because of the bike, I pick up enough food to last three or four days. I'm nearly on a first name basis with all of the checkers at my grocery store. Heh.

    Now that our farmers market is open on Saturdays I'll be doing that weekly for my produce. I might take the plunge and order some local meat this year.
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    Jun 12, 2009 8:22 PM GMT
    jprichva saidI don't shop.
    I order from NASA. I buy the "food" that you squeeze out of those toothpaste tubes just like the astronauts. It also helps with portion control. You just roll the bottom of the tube up a precise number of turns, and voila! Dinner. Or lunch. You get the idea.


    is this what you were eating the other evening when you said I didnĀ“t want to know what your supper was?

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    Jun 12, 2009 8:29 PM GMT
    I have a shopping ap in my Palm. It lists all the gorcery things I've bought in the past with their prices, sorted by store aisle. I review it while at home, which reminds me what I might need, and I put check marks next to all the items I want. Then I display only those items I've checked, with the total cost automatically calculated, included applicable taxes.

    I start at Aisle 1 and just walk in aisle sequence, encountering the checked items in order, unchecking them as I go. No going back and forth between aisles for things I forgot or overlooked. I'm done in a matter of minutes. New items I hadn't anticipated are added to the Palm for next time. If the store is out of something I have a record of what I missed, as a reminder to look elsewhere or wait until next time, when it finally gets checked off as purchased.