I like to pretend I’m on Guy’s Grocery Games and maybe one time get only things that start with “A”, or only shop in the cat food/seasonal items aisle. Or get a cart and an airhorn and announce my 2-minute shopping spree for some random items.
Prior to 2020, it went more like “I want fajitas tonight, time to go to the store and get the stuff to make them”. For a while there it was buy whatever is available. Now it’s more like buy whatever’s on the list plus maybe some good stuff and see what can come together out of it. And try to eat some of the beans and pasta in the apocalypse stockpile too.
Plus my wife discovered that she can order groceries online and have them put in her trunk so she handles a lot of it now. Previously she wouldn’t go to the store unless she absolutely had to, so I did most of the shopping.
Now that it is just one human in the house again, I
Decide what I would like from my usual inventory.
Go to the freezer, refrigerator, and/or can pantry to retrieve it/them.
If there, prepare; if not there, decide on something else and loop back to above.
If not there or low inventory, add it to my shopping list for a day or two down the road.
If leftovers, dog is happy to get them, if suitable for her; she prefers such to her usual food. (Tonight she got some leftover chicken that I didn’t want to see again tomorrow. She did not get any of the stove top dressing, though she lobbied for some – I figured it was too spicy for her, and she sleeps beside me.)
@brandom@PocketBrain Yep, I’ve heard that before, but am still surprised to see onion and/or garlic listed as ingredients in some dog treats, though they are relatively far down the list – so I guess that means small quantities.
Shop hungry and buy all the meat, bread, and salty snacks. Or shop after a meal and get new place settings and silverware. That reminds me that I need the Chinet Halloween set next time I am at the store.
@spitfire6006006 That’s almost me except, I buy for me because I eat relatively healthy food, and spouse buys for himself because he eats at restaurants since he works 1st and I work 2nd and he doesn’t like reheated food. So he buys everything unhealthy.
Buy a bunch of staples (mostly yogurt, which is my main food source these days), maybe throw in something that I haven’t tried before, forget two or three things that I was supposed to buy, and pay up and get home as quickly as possible. My husband shops for himself because his eating habits are even weirder than mine.
Shoot for only every 2 weeks. But this strategy keeps it to every 1 1/2 or 1 week, rather than more often. Keep list and writing utensil out on counter so things get added. Buy double supply of milk and freeze one so lack of milk isn’t the trigger. Buy double supply of ice cream so that isn’t the trigger.
@Kidsandliz Yes, sometimes I also start “rationing” milk to stretch it another day. Also keep a couple cans of evaporated milk in the cupboard. Sometimes that will tide me over. And then there is the old spoonful of ice cream in the coffee to make that milk last for the cereal. Well, sometimes the ice cream hits the cereal too.
@romellex organic milk lasts a month or more - i’m not one who wants or can afford to buy organic everything but the extra $ is worth it bc i never throw out milk and rarely run out now. (unless freezing is to prevent it from being consumed too quickly vs. it going bad.)
@jerk_nugget@romellex I’ve had shelf milk. I can only barely stand it cold. In my opinion, even the chocolate version isn’t all that good but it better than the regular. Of course I also hate skim milk. I jokingly call that blue water.
@jerk_nugget@Kidsandliz I’ve been making my bread the old-fashioned way, so it would take running out of those ingredients to force me to the store. That almost worked in the early pandemic days, just when yeast vanished from the stores. Fortunately my kind DIL shared some of hers.
the first one…ish. my max is two weeks to plan for. and although i do meal plan and most are specific, others aren’t super rigid to account for changing cravings and the waxing and waning will to cook.
Add stuff to grocery list; at this stage of the game, no oven (new one should be here Friday, then needs to be installed, damn, they just don’t make things like they used to said the old woman who wears granny pants) and it’s too hot to cook anyway, there’s really no reason to think of a couple of days menu. Make sure he takes it with him when he goes shopping.
Check sales at favorite stores, especially Aldi. Make special note of periodic specials like pork and chicken schnitzel, tomato sauced herring, special cheeses, etc.
Put together a list of things my wife wants (mostly staples like eggs, cream, egg wraps, luncheon meat, yogurt).
Check how much space is available in the pantry, kitchen cabinets, and freezers.
Once a week get the staples and then load up on enough stuff to slightly overflow the kitchen cabinets and pantry and stuff the freezer. And also buy another pack of TP just in case. There’s room in storage even if the closet is full of TP.
Because I meal prep, I shop weekly. I make a list of the recipes and then the needed ingredients. After I have my list, I go thru the pantry/fridge to see what I don’t need to buy.
I start at Aldi for produce, etc and usually order what I couldn’t find there at Kroger via Instacart.
Also… if you aren’t using Instacart you are missing out! I’ve saved 100s of hours of shopping.