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Old 01-31-2016, 10:20 AM   #1
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I thought I would share how I do a food shop since I have a system whereby I can take advantage of bargains and combine it with recipes immediately, i.e. that I have with me!

I tend to cut out recipes from magazines, i.e. that I have yet to try and so have not been incorporated into my food books. (I paste up successful recipes making them into 'books').

I keep a handful of these recipes always in my daily shoulder bag (not bulky). They are each divided off (into little envelopes) for easy referencing e.g. pork, beef, lamb, chicken, fish, veg. misc, desserts etc.

On the envelope cover I write down a brief summary of what's in the envelope e.g. 2 lamb shanks then in brackets other ingredients (celery, carrots etc). This enables me to see something in the supermarket and quickly scan my recipe collection e.g. if I see 2 lamb shanks reduced in price I can quickly see what else I need to buy to make the recipe.

I am not saying I always match what I buy to a recipe (often I just like to improvise) but it does provide an option to do so.



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Old 01-31-2016, 02:21 PM   #2
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My Souschef does all of the supermarket shopping at our only local grocery store and he does a better job than I ever did before I met him. He checks out the twice weekly flyer that comes in the mail for sales and also goes on line to Von's to check for additional "just for you" specials they offer. After discussing with me what's on sale, I get an idea of the weekly cooking plans I have. He keeps our large "garage pantry" filled with items I need to put meals together, all found on sale. Our freezer is also filled with meats, with an organized list of what shelf they are located in the freezer. He saves a ton of money, and gets a big bang out of doing it.
I shop at Trader Joe's (10 miles away) for my part where I get lots of our favorites.
Costco we do together.
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Old 01-31-2016, 04:25 PM   #3
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Dontcha just love men who do grocery shopping? DH doesn't do dishes or most other household chores, other than shoveling snow and mowing the lawn, but he's a decent shopper.

If and when we get to TJ's and Costco, we go together.
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Yep, tiz true Dawg. They are men on a mission rather than women on a browsing trip.

I do love going to Trader Joe's alone for that reason though. I have to look at every single new item in the store.
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Sadly, Kay, I misplace DH at Costco all the time. Usually when he has his phone turned off. He's the one most likely to wander.

I agree about TJ's, I could spend a lot of time meandering there. Unfortunately, our nearest TJ's is 3 hours away.
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I loose him all the time in Costco Dawg, because he's getting all the free samples to munch on. The last stop is always the rotisserie chickens so we meet up there. I've never thought to use our cell phones.
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Kay, it only works if both cellphones are turned on!
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I thought I was passing on a useful tip - combining shopping with the ability to create recipes the same day (without returning for extra ingredients).

Oh well...

Thereagain, I overlooked having a partner and using a mobile phone (I don't have one of those).
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Costco is 90 miles away and I don't drive that far by myself anymore, so I tag along with my daughter and SIL when they go.

I'm the one who wanders off and gets called on my cell.
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I thought I was passing on a useful tip - combining shopping with the ability to create recipes the same day (without returning for extra ingredients).

Oh well...

Thereagain, I overlooked having a partner and using a mobile phone (I don't have one of those).
creative, I meant to say earlier that IS a useful tip. Especially for those of us who don't use the grocery apps on cell phones. I still rely on paper much of the time so I can cross off what I've gotten. I do have a cellphone with a camera, so sometimes I take a picture of my grocery list that I have written on a whiteboard on the fridge. Just depends on what I need, whether it's a biggie shopping trip or just for a couple of things, and if I'm trying new recipes with ingredients I don't usually get.

Plus, you know how threads go off in different directions here. LOL
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