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Old 02-02-2013, 01:33 PM   #31
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Well, let me clarify. I go to Asian produce markets for lowest prices. And there a a few of them around these parts. Their prices are consistently almost half of what the supermarket chains charge.
I never go to those weekly street 'farm markets' as their prices are very high and there are a few of them around here weekly.
Same here RF, although for me it's the Mexican grocery for my produce.
Their prices are at least half of the cost of Von's, and far less than farmers markets.
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Old 02-02-2013, 03:35 PM   #32
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I like how Steve shops, that's what I do, look over the meat section and decide from there, only I do it almost daily! I know it sounds odd, but I save money by shopping daily and throw away less food. It also allows me to change up our meals as what we would like to have that day. Often my choices are determined by what I smell coming from the dining room at work. I had to have polish sausages the other day because my patients were having them for their dinner.
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Old 02-02-2013, 08:39 PM   #33
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We have three major supermarket chains in this part of town. Each one's weekly specials start on a different day. The only way you are able to hit all three stores to get their specials is to shop on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Farmer's Markets here are priced really high. In Chelsea, the next town over is the big major distribution produce center for all of New England. The sellers go there to pick up what they are going to be selling at the Farmers Market. The same stuff you find at the supermarket. Whoopee! The best place to buy fresh produce is in the North End. They are selling every Thursday - Saturday. You can really get some great bargains starting around three p.m. on Saturday. There are also meat stores there and they are cutting the meat right off the side of the animal. Their prices are also low. The down side? You can hardly move for the crowd of customers. And trying to get to the pushcart you want to buy something from, is almost impossible. And the more you buy, the more heavy bags you have to carry around with you while you shop. Forget parking! You have to go there with the full intention of being as rude and nasty as you can get.

When I was in my 20's and 30's and raising my family, it was worth it to shop there. Now, not so much.
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:21 PM   #34
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Often my choices are determined by what I smell coming from the dining room at work. I had to have polish sausages the other day because my patients were having them for their dinner.

Thats funny, I do that too.

Sometimes I will gather ideas from what my co- workers are making that week. I always go to the grocery store Friday evening but other then that it's very random. I'm not as organized as I should be. I eat healthy, my husband wants a meat and potatoes dinner (doesnt want leftovers) and my child wants whatever random thing he can think of (then usually doesn't eat it.. that is how I gained some weight to begin with.. guess who ate it) I dont quite care as much anymore about making big dinners that will go to waste so I pick up what I need and freeze what I can!
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:56 PM   #35
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Thats funny, I do that too.

Sometimes I will gather ideas from what my co- workers are making that week. I always go to the grocery store Friday evening but other then that it's very random. I'm not as organized as I should be. I eat healthy, my husband wants a meat and potatoes dinner (doesnt want leftovers) and my child wants whatever random thing he can think of (then usually doesn't eat it.. that is how I gained some weight to begin with.. guess who ate it) I dont quite care as much anymore about making big dinners that will go to waste so I pick up what I need and freeze what I can!
Heck, if it wasn't for looking at the work menu, I'd never have an idea. I try to know BEFORE I get home. Also, I gave up worrying about what Shrek would and would not eat, I was eating garbage food, too. Now I cook what I want and if he wants it he can have it, if not, I save it for lunch or freeze it.
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:18 AM   #36
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When it was just Buck and I, grocery shopping was done every two weeks. That was mainly because we lived so far away from a shopping area. Even though we lived in "town," the community had little more than a convenience mart, which as not at all the place to spend grocery money.

Even though Glenn and I live out in the country, we have the luxury (to me) of living a matter of minutes from a reasonably large city that has several fine grocery stores, including an especially nice Kroger.

Now I shop once a week. For such things as paper towels, toilet paper, cat food and kitty litter I go to "the big city" to Sam's once a month. I use their "clilck and pull" feature, which allows me to go online and place my order. All I have to do then is to go to my selected Sam's store, retrieve my already filled cart, go to the service desk and pay. No more lines. I'm usually out of the store in 10 minutes...no matter how busy the store is or the time of the year. Hooray!!!

The remainder of our grocery items are purchased once a week and I keep to a strict list that is maintained all during the week. When we have a garden, many of our veggies are either canned or frozen. Last year we had a terrible drought, so no canning or freezing. Although, there has been enough remaining from the prior year that purchasing many of those items commercially has been unnecessary.

I only (always have) purchase what we'll eat/like. Of the items we consume the most, I look for sales, markdowns, etc., then buy in quantity and put in the pantry or package in appropriate portions and put into the freezer. As a result, we can eat like royalty on very little expenditure.

I've never been one to use prepackaged foods so the money we'd spend on such things can be used on other goodies.

Since I make all our bread products, there's no need to spend money on those and I was amazed the other day to see what a plain old house brand loaf of white bread costs! EEKS!!!! Last week I made two loaves of plain white bread, two loaves of pumpernickel, two of bacon-and-egg bread, two roasted garlic/rosemary baguettes, a dozen English muffins, and about one and a half dozen biscuits. All that must be worth a mint!!!

There's an old world butcher not too far away and I spoil us occasionally and buy some of their nice short ribs or oxtails. Actually, their meat is competitive in price with the area grocery stores and far better because it's nicely trimmed before it's weighed.

As for shopping and meal planning, I used to plan meals a month at a time when Buck was around. He liked a variety in his menu and didn't really care for leftovers.

Glenn is totally different. If I prepare something and we have some left, he'll eat it until it's gone...even if it takes three days. That has great value to it because it means I don't have to cook for several days in a row. Glenn, too, likes his menu varied but it doesn't matter to him if we have a beef entree three days in a row, then pork or poultry. He's the easiest person I've ever cooked for. By now, I know his likes and dislikes and I relish making things I know he'll enjoy.

When it comes to "what's for dinner," I usually have some idea the night before or, at the latest, right after breakfast. Many times all I do is let inspiration hit and see where it takes me. I've been lucky in that there have been no colossal failures and many tasty experiences.

I much prefer shopping once a week because we can get, and keep, produce, especially lettuces. I love salads and hate reaching into the crisper drawer to find green goop instead of lettuce. Haven't had that problem in many years.

I have never liked grocery shopping and still don't but I try to make it as efficient and painless as possible. That's why I always have a list, stick to it and don't "graze" the stores. I'm definitely NOT an impulse shopper and endcap enticements are wasted on me. I get in and get out.
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:25 AM   #37
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Because we eat mostly fresh meat and vegetables (our intolerances don't like anything preserved or prepared), I find myself shopping a couple of times a week. Thankfully we have every store I need in a few block radius of our home.

I actually like shopping this way. I plan out my menu and still shop the flyer sales, and it gets me out of the house which is a big bonus. If I am not up to driving, my neighbour helps out or DH picks it up on his way home (we have stores open to midnight thankfully). I do buy some meat in bulk and freeze it, but am finding more and more I prefer just to buy what I need.
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I go to grocery shop and food market (we call bazaar) alternate day to buy fresh vegetables and fish or meat.

For foods like oil, rice, flour, sugar etc once in a month.
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