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Old 05-20-2005, 12:39 PM   #11
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Happens to me all the time, mish. Worse if I send HH instead.

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Old 05-20-2005, 01:14 PM   #12
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I confess!

Quit torturing me...! I am a hopeless overshopper...

I have this fear that someday, I won't have anything in the house to eat so I stock up like a grocery store.

Is there a 12 step program for this?

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Old 05-20-2005, 01:21 PM   #13
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I do if my son is with me

He's small, but, he eats like a horse.
Wish I still had the metabolism that he has
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Old 05-20-2005, 01:30 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by choclatechef
I confess!

Quit torturing me...! I am a hopeless overshopper...

I have this fear that someday, I won't have anything in the house to eat so I stock up like a grocery store.

Is there a 12 step program for this?
We've come to the right place, CC We're not alone. Heaven forbid, I don't have a full stocked pantry, & be able to close the freezer door.
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Old 05-20-2005, 01:32 PM   #15
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Always!! I don't use a list..just look at all the items in the store..I use a cart and Paul often has the same things in his basket and one of us has to put ours back..I never fell out of shopping for a month at a time when he was in the Military and the Allotrment check was used for food..now I have to store some of what I buy in the RV..LOL when we are out of something in the house he goes out to "the other store" and brings it in.
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Old 05-20-2005, 01:39 PM   #16
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Dove's a smart cookie. You've got a back-up plan.
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Old 05-20-2005, 03:15 PM   #17
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My lists are usually huge and encompass every possible little thing I need, so for the most part I build over shopping into my weekly system. :-)
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Old 05-20-2005, 06:42 PM   #18
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Mish, it happens every saturday Since I have the whole gang here every sunday, I shop on saturday and sure enough I always find something else to fix so they can have something "NEW" Don't know if it's mother love or the yerning chef in me trying to get out

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Old 05-20-2005, 08:17 PM   #19
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I made a master list of everything I'd ever but at the grocery store, and put it into categories, including a few blank lines in each category in case I need a seasonal item.
It's in my computer's memory, and every week I print out a new one and put it on the frige.
As I run out of things, I use a highlighter on those items. Then, I check to see what things I need for recipes, and highlight those, and on the back of the list I write what meals I'll be making.
Then, I go to the grocery website I like that tells me which items at my store are really cheap, or free (at least 2-3 per week) by using the coupons in the Sunday paper. I add those to my list and grab the coupons.

I can stick to my list really well, and if I bring the kids, rather than ask for things not on the list, they like to "hunt" for those things on the list and see how fast they can find them and bring 'em back to the cart. If they've behaved, they get to go to the "nice bakery lady" and get their free cookie she hands out.
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Old 05-20-2005, 09:17 PM   #20
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I bought a small clipboard years ago. It just perfectly fits a Jr. Legal Pad. I got some adhesive-backed magnets, and put some on the back of the clipboard. Load it with a pad, add a pencil (pens don't always work good writing on a vertical surface), and slap it on the fridge. When I'm running low/out of something, I write it down, and use the list to buy things on the weekly grocery trip. That, or course, was when I was single. I try to stick to that now, but I'm usually NOT the person buying the groceries. I've had a hard time convincing PeppA to use the list, as she just buys what she feels we need.

Now that we live in a place that has a large pantry, I try to keep a minimum par count on a lot of things, like ketchup, mustard, mayo, etc. I even started dating items that come in, with the day they arrive into my inventory, so I can easily rotate stock.

When I would go shopping, I can usually stick to the list pretty good. I usually leave some leeway in my budget to allow for some "impulse" purchases, or "steals", when I catch something on sale that I can use in a month or two.

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