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How often do you go grocery shopping? And what do you buy?


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Just for fun =) I find that I end up going to the store ALMOST EVERY DAY. Its absurd. I dont buy a lot-- spend maybe 15 bucks in a day-- but it always seems like I'm a step behind, which is frusterating.


So how do you shop? And what do you buy? Today I bought:

5 Organic carrots

2 organic apples

1 caramel apple =D

Fixings for a pumpkin pie

1 cup yogurt

Popcorn

Mint tea =D

Edited Sep 24 2009 12:51 by sun123
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usually every friday or saturday (sales come out friday). usually buy: apples, bag of salad, bag of baby carrots, bag of regular carrots, arnold sandwich thins, and lunchmeat..... and other things if i run out of them but those are usually what i always need every week.

I usually go once a week and then stop every now and then for random things. I used to go every two days or so though.

I went to two different grocery stores this weekend and just stocked up on things so I wouldn't go as often (I heard going more often leads to more shopping sprees). I spent like 130 dollars but its for like 2-4 weeks of food (I usually buy some frozen food and they stay in there for like 4 months so)... I live by myself btw.

 

I bought alot of stuff this weekend....

my musts are..: 100 calorie popcorn pack, fiber one, carrots, crystal light, apples, salads, spinach, tuna, tofu, soup cans, They should be around my house at all times. I didn't buy eggs milk or lunch meat though they are all in my fridge~ I also made some jello too hahaha. no more! I eat too much of it at one sitting, bad fake sugars. :/

I'm probably going to asian market soon too though and I have my list prepared already hahaha.

I go shopping for my protiens fish, chicken, lean beef once a month, when they are on sale and store them in my freezer.  Every Wednesday I go to my local hispanic market to buy my fruits and vegtables, they are 50% cheaper than chain grocery stores, and if the right store its Excellent quality.  I buy my bread and pantry items like brown rice canned tomatoes, whole wheat pasta that same day at costco and my local chain grocery store.  I plan my meals as much as I can ahead of time to avoid going to the market more than once a week.

I go about 3 times a week.  I keep a basic list of things on hand and replace as needed.  I also add things that happen to be on sale, that I just have a craving for (ice-cream, chocolate...), or that will keep my husband happy too.  The usual, basic items are:

banans, apples, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, bell peppers, carrots

canned kidney beans, chickpeas, green beans, corn, tomatoes, spaghetti sauce

whole wheat pasta, brown rice, whole wheat bread, musli, plain oats

cheese, full-fat plain yogurt, low-fat milk, eggs

lunch meat, chicken

various spices - curry powder, pepper, basil, rosemary, coriander, cumin, powdered ginger

 

I live by myself, so I usually go once a week, but often I forget and have to run back!

For breakfast I get bananas, apples, oatmeal, granola bars, soy milk, grapefruit juice, and coffee.

For lunch I get the pre-mixed salads and a rotisserie chicken, which I refrigerate and add to my salads. I also get Baked Lays - the southwest ranch is addicting!

For dinner I usually just get a package of veggie burgers and hamburger buns. Sometimes I'll buy chicken breasts in bulk and freeze them, but I don't cook that often. A lot of times I'll go to my parents' house and eat with them and my younger brothers. So I don't do a lot for dinner! But if I am cooking, I also get veggies - corn, green beans, squash - and sides - rice or pasta.

I also get snacks like almonds, chocolate soy milk, applesauce, ice cream.

That's a lot for just me!!

I tried going every time I would make a new dinner, but that got exhausting. Now I go about once a week.

Veggies and fruits galore

  • Strawberries, blueberries, gala apples, Green grapes
  • Green leaf lettuce, onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, peppers


Seafood
Ground Turkey
(sometimes) Chicken Breast
Whole grain: Pasta, Rice and cereal
Milk
Deli Meats (turkey usually)
Feta Cheese
PBJ
Bagels (whole grain)
Nuts: Almonds/Pistachios

Once a week.  I am buying for a family of 5 so I tend to buy larger packages.  First off is fruits /veggies.  Bananas, organic cukes, organic baby spinach, onions, pears (on sale this week), grapes every week.  On occasion, squash, collards, cantaloupe, grapefruit or other seasonal items that are a good value.

I then go to the meat section to find out what is on sale.  Recently there have been whole, bone in turkey breasts available frozen so I have bought them and smoke them on a weekend.  Whole chickens are a staple, lean hamburger or ground turkey if it is on sale, etc.

Well I could keep going but I think that you get the idea.  We try to keep our average weekly total to under $100.

Biscuit

P.S. We go through at least 5 gallons of milk per week.

Good question. I've often wondered that because I feel like I'm constantly food shopping.  Once a month I do a large order for groceries online and have it delivered: Frozen Chicken Breast, Frozen Vegtables, Lunch meats, canned and jarred goods,  drinks, paper/plastic products, and cleaning products.  This saves me from a lot of walking back and forth from the car to the house with heavy bags. Plus, it makes it easier to keep from overspending.  Aside from that I still need regular weekly grocery trips.  But, then I only have to get a few things: Dairy Products, Fresh Fruits and Vegtables, etc.

I always think that will be enough but there's always that random thing you need. Like if I want to make something for dinner one night I didn't plan for. Or if I need medicine.  So it really ends up being more like twice a week.  Plus sometimes I go to the local farmers market or a festival or fair where food items are sold, then it end up three trips in one week!

Original Post by biscuit12:

Once a week.  I am buying for a family of 5 so I tend to buy larger packages.  First off is fruits /veggies.  Bananas, organic cukes, organic baby spinach, onions, pears (on sale this week), grapes every week.  On occasion, squash, collards, cantaloupe, grapefruit or other seasonal items that are a good value.

I then go to the meat section to find out what is on sale.  Recently there have been whole, bone in turkey breasts available frozen so I have bought them and smoke them on a weekend.  Whole chickens are a staple, lean hamburger or ground turkey if it is on sale, etc.

Well I could keep going but I think that you get the idea.  We try to keep our average weekly total to under $100.

Biscuit

P.S. We go through at least 5 gallons of milk per week.

Wow, under $100 for a family of 5? It's just me and my hubby and I spend $120+ a week!!!

Well I used to go 1x a week but now I go more like 3x a week... but I don't really buy groceries per say when I got these 3x a week... I but magazines, gum, tin foil - you know those types of odds and ends and then maybe some frozen veggies & eggs as well...

Generally the foods I buy though are:

- Whole Eggs, Energy Drinks, Boxes of Spinach, Bell Peppers, Cherry Tomatoes, Salmon, Eel, Hamachi Collars, Frozen Vegetables of all types

I go about two or three times a week but it's buying stuff for the whole family not just me.

I usually buy: cereal, milk, bread, cereal bars, tea bags, ready meals (anorexic fear, can only eat those), frozen desserts and fruit.

I usually buy something that catches my eye too, I like to try new products.

Yeah, we try to average under $100 per week.  It has gotten easier for me since I joined this website.  It allows me to see what the value of our purchases are from a dietary standpoint and that I was serving too much.  I am a frugal shopper and I love to cook, so most of our meals are home made, with fresh ingredients.  I have gotten out of the habit of having seventeen different sides, so in turn we throw away less food.

Biscuit

Bunches of bags of frozen veggies. Fresh veggies for salads, salsa to dip veggies in. Big bag of apples, some bananas. Oatmeal, raisins, pickles, soups, crackers or bread for dipping in soup, beans and rice. Coffee.  Thats about it. I go whenever someone is going whom I know because I dont drive, so depending on how long its been since last time I'll buy a lot or a little bit of frozen veggies and rice and beans, to stock up or not.

Hm this is pretty interesting...everyone is so different but all healthy!

I live alone and go once a week.  Every other week that once a week is at walmart to get some things cheaper...usually I get:

Fruit:  5-6 of whatever fresh fruit is in season, bananas, frozen raspberries, blueberries and peaches

Veggies: 1 cucumber, 1 pepper, tomatoes of some sort, frozen edamame, fresh green beans if they look good, 2 zucchini, 1 onion

Carb:  Whole wheat bread 45cal/slice, Fiber One Honey Clusters Cereal, Fiber plus chewy bars

Dairy:  1/2 gallon skim milk, Low fat cottage cheese, 2-3 thick and creamy yoplait low fat yogurts,  cheese on occasion

Dessert:  Weight watchers icecream bars (either the latte or chocolate)

Misc every once in awhile:  Salsa, baked tostitos scoops, quinoa, frozen black bean veggie burgers, amy's frozen indian entrees

i try to go once a week but usually have to go again for something random.

once a month i buy bread, cheese, frozen fruit and veggies, and veggie burgers/soy products. i use coupons to get them cheaper in bulk and keep the extras in the freezer.

about every other week i buy a carton of ice cream and tons of whatever cereal is on sale.

every week i buy fresh fruit and vegetables, tons of yogurt and cottage cheese, a gallon of milk, and a 18 eggs.

oh, and i buy protein powder once or twice a year. lol. a 10 lb container of it.

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