Food shopping

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Registered: 10-17-2010
Food shopping
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Fri, 08-31-2012 - 6:41am

So, I thought I was doing SO WELL making grocery lists and menu planning the past couple months.  I found out this morning that it has been a big, fat FAILURE.  I make the list, and I am pretty good about sticking to the list ( 2 or 3 impulse buys a trip) but I've still gone over the grocery budget abotu $40 a month.  This morning I figured out why.

I don't really CHECK to see what I already have on hand before I write the list.  This would be how I have 3 half eaten boxes of cereal, 2 bags of raisins and 4 boxes of fruit snacks sitting in my cabinets.  GAH!! I checked my others and found that I really don't need to buy dry goods this payday.  Maybe 1 or 2 cans of tomatoes for spaghetti but that's it.  Maybe I'll actually stay within budget this payday.  My freezer is about the same right now.  

Oh well, onward and upward.

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Registered: 05-15-2001
In reply to: ktqt07
Fri, 09-07-2012 - 12:24pm
I have the luxary of plenty of pantry space in the basement, therefore, I can keep a check on the canned and bottled stuff. I put those items on my list when there is only one left on the shelf. If there is a sale, I will buy several for future use. If an item is not on my list, I don't buy, unless it is on a really good sale. Our Kroger store recently remodeled, and they re-arranged everything. The first few weeks they gave out an alphabetical list of items; I kept several, and now I put an item on my list with the isle where it is located. I find that this helps to keep my wandering eyes from buying items I don't really need. I am now having to go to the store before daylight, while DH is still sleeping; that helps too, because the 'manager's specials' are being re-labeled for the day. I got 4 delicious cake doughnuts for $.49 on Wednesday.
pinchpenny2000
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In reply to: ktqt07
Sun, 09-09-2012 - 8:52am

My biggest tip is to put a list on the fridge, freezer and pantry on what you have in there and  everytime you use something remove the item from the list.  Also menuplan  around what you have in the freezer and only buy when you need more.

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Sun, 09-09-2012 - 1:55pm
I do the list thing for my freezer. I have a chest type, and things get lost near the bottom; I can't lean over to reach them. Ah...the joys of getting old.
pinchpenny2000
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Sun, 09-09-2012 - 3:33pm

Thats why parents bought two standing fridge freezers, that way they had all the space they needed and nothing getting lost.

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Tue, 09-11-2012 - 9:29pm
I had a standing freezer but it died. I had to buy what was in stock (smaller towns don't always have a big selection). We did have a neighborhood 'freezer died' party. It was something like a 'come as you are' and bring your own lawn chair. We cooked all of the meats on the grills outdoors. All the neighbors said that it was the best party ever!
pinchpenny2000
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Wed, 09-12-2012 - 1:55am

Small towns, most Swedish towns are small but yeah my parents lives out in the stick in middle of no where Sweden, I know how it goes.

I am  live in suburb of one of the most fast growning citys in Sweden, we have other problems here.  

That party sound great by the way.

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In reply to: ktqt07
Thu, 09-13-2012 - 7:37am

I have one of the large chest freezers as well.  I don't use it for a whole lot though.  Right now I have some bags of frozen vegetables and a large box of popsicles in there.  Around December I'm going to start purchasing extra ground beef at the store so I have some on hand for when DH comes home.

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In reply to: ktqt07
Thu, 09-13-2012 - 7:39am

So this payday went much better.  I have 2 days until the next check and plenty of food in the house for me and DD.  I took advantage of some sales and stocked up on some dry cereal and snacks for her.  Her snack box for school now has a good assortment and I paid $1.70 for each box of snacks.

This payday (actually the next month really), snacks for DD won't need to be purchased so that will help with grocery costs.  I plan to withdraw the same amount but I should have some left over this time.  We'll see!

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Sat, 09-15-2012 - 2:21pm
The party was so much fun, because I didn't have to worry about the presentation. We had two doors that were left over from a re-modeling of the clinic. Those doors and four 'saw horses' made good serving tables; I happened to have enough plastic plates and cups for tea and soft drinks. I almost wish for the opportunity to have another party like that.
pinchpenny2000
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Sun, 09-16-2012 - 12:19pm

I love parties like that,  those big parties where people  pay 100 of dollars for the food and everything has to be so posh that you dont even dare to eat the  Wood pigeon on a bed on wind dried watercress with handpick  rowan berries from New Jersey or what the heck they are serving, they are seldom fun.