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How often do you go to the supermarket?

spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,495Registered Users Curl Neophyte
A friend told me she goes once every 3 or 4 weeks. WTH???? How can anyone do that? How do you buy produce? An what if you just get a taste for some specific dish mid week/month...you just torture yourself for days or weeks until your next regularly scheduled shopping trip?

This friend lives in an a small apt, too. So it's not like she is going to Sam's or something to buy in bulk to save.

Is there some benefit to going shopping so infrequently?

Growing up, my parents always went every Saturday morning. But sometimes midweek, they picked up extra fruit and vegetables from a fruit market.

I go at least twice a week. How am I gonna know what I feel like cooking and eating that far in advance?

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  • YoshimiYoshimi Posts: 237Registered Users
    Is she living off frozen meals for one and take out? When I met my other half he went to the store maybe once a month to buy pickles and hot sauce (unless you count trips to the liquor store, those were more frequent) he would order in or eat out every night

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  • triple_spiraltriple_spiral Posts: 249Registered Users
    I go every three days or so, so usually twice, maybe three times a week. I walk to and from the supermarket so I only ever get as much as I can carry.
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  • HoneycurlsHoneycurls Posts: 1,889Registered Users
    I loathe everything about grocery shopping, so we only go once a week, with the occasional midweek trip for any forgotten or special items. We try to eat primarily paleo, so I try to plan in advance, but we have a pretty short meal rotation anyway. Eating whole foods is expensive and time consuming, and with no dishwasher, I try not to cook a lot of messy, elaborate meals. So we just stick to the meals that work best for us all-around, and we're fine with that. I'm not very creative or skilled in the kitchen.

    If I could trust the home delivery shoppers to choose good meat and produce, I'd go that route. I tried it, and as much as I hate shopping, I hated giving up that control more.
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  • MunchyMunchy Posts: 5,206Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I go probably every three weeks, and once in a while I throw in a small trip for herbs/milk, etc. When I grocery shop, I first make a list of all of the dishes I plan to make on top, then list ingredients I don't have on the bottom, plus I add in any random items that I might need. Here is a very shortened version.

    Squash/chicken nuggets
    Puerto Rican beans
    Tomato sauce
    Split pea soup


    yellow squash
    ground chicken
    eggs
    bell peppers
    habichuelas
    cilantro
    san marzano tomatoes
    basil
    garlic
    split peas
    smoked turkey neck
    carrots

    I cook all of my dishes in the days following my grocery trip, then freeze them portioned out. Things like chicken nuggets, meatballs, burgers or burritos get cooked then frozen on a sheet tray. Once frozen, I bag them up (it prevents them from sticking together). Extra soup, tomato sauce, BBQ sauce, or enchilada sauce gets frozen in jars.
  • CurlyCanadianCurlyCanadian Posts: 10,780Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I go at least once a week, but then usually mid week to top up.

    If she isn't a fruit/veggie/fresh bread eater, I would imagine its way cheaper to go once a month! I always run in for one thing mid-week, and come out with a few bags :lol:
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  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,495Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Yoshimi wrote: »
    Is she living off frozen meals for one and take out? When I met my other half he went to the store maybe once a month to buy pickles and hot sauce (unless you count trips to the liquor store, those were more frequent) he would order in or eat out every night

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    She brings her lunch to work quite a bit and YES it's often little frozen meals, cans of Campbell's soup, left overs from what the bf cooked or leftovers from eating out the night before.

    She and her bf live together; she can't cook but he can and does.

  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,495Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Honeycurls wrote: »
    I loathe everything about grocery shopping, so we only go once a week, with the occasional midweek trip for any forgotten or special items. We try to eat primarily paleo, so I try to plan in advance, but we have a pretty short meal rotation anyway. Eating whole foods is expensive and time consuming, and with no dishwasher, I try not to cook a lot of messy, elaborate meals. So we just stick to the meals that work best for us all-around, and we're fine with that. I'm not very creative or skilled in the kitchen.

    If I could trust the home delivery shoppers to choose good meat and produce, I'd go that route. I tried it, and as much as I hate shopping, I hated giving up that control more.


    I kinda like grocery shopping. :oops:

    The supermarkets in Ohio (esp in the nicer neighborhoods) are so much better than what I grew up w/ in NYC...it still feels like a treat. LOL

  • YoshimiYoshimi Posts: 237Registered Users
    If her bf cooks maybe he is doing more frequent trips for perishable and she either doesn't realize (like if he goes on his way home from work) or she simply doesn't count those

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  • PerriPPerriP Posts: 6,613Registered Users
    I do one main shop a week for my staples (usually thursday evening, possibly saturday morning) then I do a trip on Sunday (or the day before the work week starts) for any extra fresh stuff I need to get me through the week.
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  • LotsawavesLotsawaves Posts: 8,660Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Munchy....How do you freeze things in jars? I like the idea, but I thought the jars (glass?) would break.

    I go once a week, usually on Friday, because that's my day off. I may have to go more with Jim and I living together now. He likes to cook and likes fresh versus frozen vegetables. I love grocery shopping.
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  • crimsonshedemoncrimsonshedemon Posts: 2,098Registered Users
    Lotsawaves wrote: »
    Munchy....How do you freeze things in jars? I like the idea, but I thought the jars (glass?) would break.

    I freeze in jars too. As long as you leave enough head room, the jar wont break. The benefit is no nasty chemicals from plastic. /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fgreen.yourway.net%2Fhow-to-freeze-food-in-glass-jars%2F" class="Popup
  • crimsonshedemoncrimsonshedemon Posts: 2,098Registered Users
    At least once a week and I hate it! I go to Winco a bag it yourself store. Prices are great but I hate bagging myself. I dont buy meat here tho.

    I often have to go and pick up a couple ingredients because I am not organized with my weekly menus.
  • theliothelio Posts: 5,374Registered Users
    one week we go to costco's two weeks later we go to hmart. and we pick up things we run out in between the weeks. My dad tends to go everyday to pick up stuff he wants or likes or go to the amish market a couple times a month to get things we can only get from them. i keep a well stock pantry so most odds and ends are always there. we run out of milk and eggs the most. when bread is gone i just make it. we really dont have to go often as long as the cabinets are stocked well. also go my garden, the neighbors, and a few friends where we sawp out stuff. right now i am just swapping out bread because my garden hasnt grown anything yet.
  • koifish66koifish66 Posts: 1Registered Users
    I go mostly every 2 weeks, before that I plan out what I'm gonna eat every dinner/morning so I know what to get... I usually plan 14 dinners and go from there. :p But I do run for milk/drinks/random things during the weeks sometimes.
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    I love grocery shopping. I go 3-4 times a week. My kids have dance/karate lessons right near a shopping area, so I kill time by shopping. I much prefer shopping for smaller quantities more often. Takes less time (in and out in 10-20 minutes), so it doesn't seem like a chore. Stuff is fresher. And, it accommodates our cravings better...if we're craving a particular dish, we can have it within a day or two. I also hit up a couple farmers markets, the dairy, and the butcher weekly too.
  • HoneycurlsHoneycurls Posts: 1,889Registered Users
    Lotsawaves wrote: »
    Munchy....How do you freeze things in jars? I like the idea, but I thought the jars (glass?) would break.

    I go once a week, usually on Friday, because that's my day off. I may have to go more with Jim and I living together now. He likes to cook and likes fresh versus frozen vegetables. I love grocery shopping.

    Just leave room for expansion of the contents.
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    When I was a kid, my mother used to go to the store every day to pick up ingredients for dinner. She worked and the store was on her way home.
  • HoneycurlsHoneycurls Posts: 1,889Registered Users
    Honeycurls wrote: »
    I loathe everything about grocery shopping, so we only go once a week, with the occasional midweek trip for any forgotten or special items. We try to eat primarily paleo, so I try to plan in advance, but we have a pretty short meal rotation anyway. Eating whole foods is expensive and time consuming, and with no dishwasher, I try not to cook a lot of messy, elaborate meals. So we just stick to the meals that work best for us all-around, and we're fine with that. I'm not very creative or skilled in the kitchen.

    If I could trust the home delivery shoppers to choose good meat and produce, I'd go that route. I tried it, and as much as I hate shopping, I hated giving up that control more.


    I kinda like grocery shopping. :oops:

    The supermarkets in Ohio (esp in the nicer neighborhoods) are so much better than what I grew up w/ in NYC...it still feels like a treat. LOL

    Nothing to be ashamed of! I envy you! I wish I hated it less.

    If I had a larger refrigerator, it might be more enjoyable. Our stores are fine...it's the dumb, inconsiderate people shopping in them who ruin the experience. If I could have the store to myself, that'd be ideal. I try to go really early when I go alone, and that helps. My guy likes to go with me, so when he goes along, we get a later start. With such a small fridge and freezer, we have to cut up our veggies and repackage meat for more efficient storage, and that takes the better part of a day between the shopping (we go to 2 or 3 different stores) and the putting-away process.

    We are avid users of green bags--our vegs stay fresh all week, so we never waste anything.

    One of the new produce guys is creepy and has developed a very obvious crush on me, so that has added an additional layer of dislike to the whole experience. The first time I saw him, he followed me all over the produce department giving me produce tips and pointers--it was as if he was literally standing around thinking of things to come over and say to me. I mean, I appreciate a good tip, but I'm pretty sure the other customers might appreciate them as well--GTF away from me already! Even when we were shopping together last week, hubs saw the guy watching me.

    Yeah, I can think of 1764 better ways to spend my time than grocery shopping. Hate it.
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  • JosephineJosephine Posts: 14,175Registered Users
    A friend told me she goes once every 3 or 4 weeks. WTH???? How can anyone do that? How do you buy produce? An what if you just get a taste for some specific dish mid week/month...you just torture yourself for days or weeks until your next regularly scheduled shopping trip?

    This friend lives in an a small apt, too. So it's not like she is going to Sam's or something to buy in bulk to save.

    Is there some benefit to going shopping so infrequently?

    Growing up, my parents always went every Saturday morning. But sometimes midweek, they picked up extra fruit and vegetables from a fruit market.

    I go at least twice a week. How am I gonna know what I feel like cooking and eating that far in advance?

    I don't eat in often so I go about once a month on avg, sometimes more, sometime less. I absolutely detest grocery shopping as well. I'd rather pay more and go to the drugstore to get eggs or milk if needed. Grocery stores are so big and annoying!

    When I get a taste for something, I order it ;). My cooking is only to survive lol and its usually frozen veggies, eggs, rice, pasta, prego. The produce I get is onions, cilantro, and sometimes fruit for breakfast. When it spoils i go without it until I haaave to go that dreaded place again.
  • theliothelio Posts: 5,374Registered Users
    i love cooking and i love eating so i love shopping for foods. I just hate the high cost. i shop less because i find I spend less each month.
  • JosephineJosephine Posts: 14,175Registered Users
    Yoshimi wrote: »
    Is she living off frozen meals for one and take out? When I met my other half he went to the store maybe once a month to buy pickles and hot sauce (unless you count trips to the liquor store, those were more frequent) he would order in or eat out every night

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    Yea i definitely go the liquor store more often lol.
  • HoneycurlsHoneycurls Posts: 1,889Registered Users
    Josephine wrote: »
    A friend told me she goes once every 3 or 4 weeks. WTH???? How can anyone do that? How do you buy produce? An what if you just get a taste for some specific dish mid week/month...you just torture yourself for days or weeks until your next regularly scheduled shopping trip?

    This friend lives in an a small apt, too. So it's not like she is going to Sam's or something to buy in bulk to save.

    Is there some benefit to going shopping so infrequently?

    Growing up, my parents always went every Saturday morning. But sometimes midweek, they picked up extra fruit and vegetables from a fruit market.

    I go at least twice a week. How am I gonna know what I feel like cooking and eating that far in advance?

    I don't eat in often so I go about once a month on avg, sometimes more, sometime less. I absolutely detest grocery shopping as well. I'd rather pay more and go to the drugstore to get eggs or milk if needed. Grocery stores are so big and annoying!

    When I get a taste for something, I order it ;). My cooking is only to survive lol and its usually frozen veggies, eggs, rice, pasta, prego. The produce I get is onions, cilantro, and sometimes fruit for breakfast. When it spoils i go without it until I haaave to go that dreaded place again.

    LOL, I sometimes do this, too! And, gawd bless self-checkout lanes. :love3:
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  • inheritedcurlsinheritedcurls Posts: 2,954Registered Users
    We live 20 minutes from the closest grocery store. I have learned to go once a week or every 2 weeks. Lately it's been more often only because of unexpected stuff needed for parties or holidays or camping. This fall we will have a Walmart 5 minutes from us...but I loath them...so I will still probably drive for produce and meat somewhere else once a week.
  • PoPo Posts: 2,607Registered Users
    I go once a week.

    If I go every other week, I will get some fresh produce on the odd week.

    My grocery budget is almost down to the penny, unfortunately, so my meals are pretty much planned. Now that I've been doing this a while, I don't necessarily plan every meal, but I have 2-3 meals per week I have in mind depending on what's on sale.

    I hate grocery shopping. I dread it. BUT I live down the street from a 24 hour store, so sometimes I shop at midnight so it's a little less hectic and I can compare prices and take as long as I want.
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  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,495Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Josephine wrote: »
    A friend told me she goes once every 3 or 4 weeks. WTH???? How can anyone do that? How do you buy produce? An what if you just get a taste for some specific dish mid week/month...you just torture yourself for days or weeks until your next regularly scheduled shopping trip?

    This friend lives in an a small apt, too. So it's not like she is going to Sam's or something to buy in bulk to save.

    Is there some benefit to going shopping so infrequently?

    Growing up, my parents always went every Saturday morning. But sometimes midweek, they picked up extra fruit and vegetables from a fruit market.

    I go at least twice a week. How am I gonna know what I feel like cooking and eating that far in advance?

    I don't eat in often so I go about once a month on avg, sometimes more, sometime less. I absolutely detest grocery shopping as well. I'd rather pay more and go to the drugstore to get eggs or milk if needed. Grocery stores are so big and annoying!

    When I get a taste for something, I order it ;). My cooking is only to survive lol and its usually frozen veggies, eggs, rice, pasta, prego. The produce I get is onions, cilantro, and sometimes fruit for breakfast. When it spoils i go without it until I haaave to go that dreaded place again.

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  • LadyV69LadyV69 Posts: 3,397Registered Users
    I used to go about once a week but I found I was wasting about 30% of what I bought because some of the food would spoil before I had a chance to eat it all. Also, I eat out about half the time-both takeout and sit down. I don't have the storage space to cook a week's worth of food in advance and as I live alone, I don't find cooking all that enjoyable. Also, I get sick of leftovers within 2 or 3 days. Lately, I have been doing my main shopping about once every three weeks. I still go about once a week for staples like milk and bread only as they don't keep very long and they run out the most frequently.



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    I love grocery shopping but I only do major food shopping at a grocery store every 2 weeks or so. I go to the dollar store at least once a week for paper products, cereal, canned stuff, conditioner, etc. If I need a particular item for a recipe or if I've run out of something I'll make a run to the grocery store.
    I don't eat much packaged food. I love to cook and spend time in the kitchen so I cook and freeze meals, proteins, veggies, sides, sauces so there's always lots of food in the house.
    I keep canned veggies and fruit in the house so if I run out of fresh or frozen veggies and fruit I don't have to go to the store.
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  • PoPo Posts: 2,607Registered Users
    The only shopping I like is at Sephora! :love7:
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  • webjockeywebjockey Posts: 2,786Registered Users
    The more kids I've had, the less frequent I go grocery shoppping. I simply don't have the time. I'll do most of my shopping at Coscto. I eat way more frozen veggies than I would prefer. I'll also make some stuff from scratch because I can store the raw ingredients better than buying prepared and not using it all/not have enough.

    In the meantime I wait for my veggie garden to start producing. At some point, I'd like to get a giant freezer and buy a 1/4 cow, 1/2 pig, 1/2 goat etc so I can eat one animal at a time and get some chickens for eggs.
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    You should get the chickens. We got some recently, and they're a lot of fun to raise from chicks, and easy. Ours haven't started producing eggs yet.

    As for trips to the supermarket, we make one main shopping trip per week on Saturdays, and might make one more mid-week run to the store if we forgot or ran out of something. I don't like grocery shopping too much, but I can handle it that frequently.
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