How often do you go to the supermarket?

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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.
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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Originally Posted by Yoshimi
Yea i definitely go the liquor store more often lol.
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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?
Originally Posted by spiderlashes5000
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.
Originally Posted by Josephine
LOL, I sometimes do this, too! And, gawd bless self-checkout lanes.
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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.
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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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?
Originally Posted by spiderlashes5000
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.
Originally Posted by Josephine
buwahaha too funny
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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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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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I used to go never, my bf did all the food shopping. Since he has a new job working crazy hours I go once a week. For some reason I spend about $50 less than he does per week.

I detest going more often. Once a week is enough. I can't do a mid week to get a "couple" of things without spending $50 or more so I avoid doing that.
@ Webbie & Sarah - do you live in rural areas? What state/part of the country?
Originally Posted by spiderlashes5000
I am in Austin, minutes to downtown, but I live on an acre. Our city's sustainable food policy board is actively working to make urban farms and farming activities more accessible. Right now it's just a matter of time and resources, especially since I don't have to worry about my dog attacking them (he died this weekend). My neighbors have chickens and roosters. I could probably get a goat, but I really don't have time for that.
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I used to go multiple times a week. Now I try to go once every one or two weeks.

It's easy and/or preferable to go frequently if:

-the stores you prefer are literally on the way home
-you have lots of disposable income or money is not tight
-you are a stay-at-home and have more than one car
-have a car
-do not use an alternative food source (e.g., CSA, farmer's market, livestock)

Only the last two apply to me. The CSA is cheaper for fruits and veggies for me. I have not been buying them much because my CSA starts this Saturday.

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I envy the folks who have livestock. I would love to have a goat or two and some quail or chickens. A perk of homeownership (in the right place)!

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I go once a week, sometimes more but just for smaller items. If I am off and up early on saturdays, I will go to our weekly farmers mkt. It's only open one day so you have to beat the crowds, with a celery stick. I do not eat out often, and since it is just me, I buy smaller roasts or cut it in half and freeze the remainder. I try to keep pasta's and dried or canned beans on hand. Also, frozen veggies for when I run out of fresh. I'm not a tin can veggie fan, unless it's tomatoes. They honestly turn my stomach. I was raised on a garden. Luckily, my mom canned a ton of green beans and tomatoes last summer so I was stocked up on that for a while. The tomatoes were handy for sauces, soups or chili. It was a life saver.

I was just fussing about the fruit in my local stores. It is not looking promising. In fact, it's a horror show. Everything I looked at today was molded. *Very odd to see disgusting strawberries, period. I live near 4 very large strawberry farms. I know it's a little early, but... Yuck* I have no idea how they even had it out for sale. I hope the produce stands are better.
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^^^our local strawberries just came out today!

they looked really good, but it was $5 for a pint!

i live in a "food desert" with no grocery store nearby so shop for big/heavy things once a week and go to the permanent fresh market during the week - since it's on the way home.
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@ Webbie & Sarah - do you live in rural areas? What state/part of the country?
Originally Posted by spiderlashes5000
I am in Austin, minutes to downtown, but I live on an acre. Our city's sustainable food policy board is actively working to make urban farms and farming activities more accessible. Right now it's just a matter of time and resources, especially since I don't have to worry about my dog attacking them (he died this weekend). My neighbors have chickens and roosters. I could probably get a goat, but I really don't have time for that.
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I'm sorry to hear about your dog

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