What kind of grocery shopper are you?

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Registered: 09-10-2003
What kind of grocery shopper are you?
Fri, 01-30-2004 - 8:51am

Do you keep a running list of all the family needs, plan out the menu for the week, and only shop on a certain day, or do you just look in the fridge and decide you need food and just go up and down the isles grabbing what looks good at the moment?

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Fri, 01-30-2004 - 9:16am
Somewhere in the middle. I have a running menu in my head. I know roughly what we will have each night and what we will need for lunches and when I go shopping I get that. I may not know exactly, but when I get to the meat section I will get sufficient meat for 4 or 5 meals and buy what's necessary around them. I have certain things I ALWAYS get, eggs, milk, noodles, pasta, sauce, cheese, snacks for Kristen's lunch, juice, etc. I don't have to write those down, I know how much I have at home. I try not to get carried away. My roommate has a box of food she brought with her when she moved in in September. She has maybe used 2 or 3 cans out of the box and will buy 10 cans of tuna at a time and it sits in the cupboard for months. She has food in there she's never touched since she moved in. I can't do that. I only buy hamburger helper or a taco pack if that is what I am going to make that week.

I usually go shopping Sat. morning when Kristen is with her Dad. She doesn't always want to go shopping, so its just one more thing off the list. I don't like having to go during the week because it means our nights are always so rushed. Since I don't get home until 5:30, then have to make dinner and Kristen has homework and starts getting ready for bed at 8:30, it doesn't give me much time to go shopping. But it happens. All depends when payday happens. LOL



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Registered: 03-27-2003
Fri, 01-30-2004 - 9:58am

Well a bit of both I guess..

I have to drive a fair ways away to get to shopping so I do have a list and I try to get the things I can't get in town..and plus the food is a lot cheaper in the next town.. But I

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Registered: 01-19-2004
Sat, 01-31-2004 - 10:57pm
I never realized how much girls eat until i have six of my own. I feel like I am at some grocery store about twice a week. We ususally fill up the pantry once a month. Gatorades go quickly with 5 very athletic girls in the house--each one has about two a day! I usually never have a list, meals are never planned except for sunday nights when everyone sits down together. Meals are usually interupted by soccer or lacrosse practice. With six very different tastes we usually cannot settle on one meal anyway. So i usually am forced to shop once a week-sporatically. And hopefully alone--or else they want everything they see and like.


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Registered: 07-31-2003
Sun, 02-01-2004 - 9:29am
I have to say I'm pretty lucky. My husband does the grocery shopping. Usually once every 2 weeks. We don't eat a whole lot around here....atleast my husband and I dont. He plans about 5 meals at a time, and then gets the kids what they need. Dh and I only eat about 2 x a day...and then we always have leftovers for the next day or 2.
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Registered: 05-26-2004
Sun, 02-01-2004 - 7:25pm
I make lists, plan on going to the store once a week, and then I get there and realize I have forgotten the list AGAIN.

Or, I make a list, plan a menu and then decide once I get there that my menu was drab and I really want something else so I just grab and go.

I never make it out of the store with EXACTLY what I went for. I always end up spending way more than I planned. Or, I have forgotten the very thing I went to the store to get.

Twice in one week I went to get trash bags, bought a van full of groceries and both times forgot the trash bags. I had to go borrow from my sister because I exceeded my grocery budget.

One day I plan on walking into the grocery, getting only what's on the list and then getting out with NOTHING extra.

That's my plan and I'm sticking to it (sorta) Konnie