How often do you go to the supermarket?

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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?
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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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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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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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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.
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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
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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

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.
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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.
Originally Posted by Honeycurls

I kinda like grocery shopping.

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
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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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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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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.
Munchy....How do you freeze things in jars? I like the idea, but I thought the jars (glass?) would break.
Originally Posted by Lotsawaves
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. http://green.yourway.net/how-to-free...in-glass-jars/
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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.
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.
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. But I do run for milk/drinks/random things during the weeks sometimes.
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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.
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.
Originally Posted by Lotsawaves
Just leave room for expansion of the contents.
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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.
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.
Originally Posted by Honeycurls

I kinda like grocery shopping.

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
Originally Posted by spiderlashes5000
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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Last edited by Honeycurls; 06-04-2013 at 11:05 AM.
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.

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