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  1. #61
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    In the interests of a healthy diet and not just having pasta everynight, I sit down on Sunday and make a menu for the week. From that menu, I make a shopping list. To that list, I add any items from the running grocery list on the fridge (used for items that we notice we are out of or low on, etc., throughout the week). I shop at the beginning of the week and try to get as much at once as possible.

    I tend to keep a very well stocked pantry- I have a large list of items I consider staples (canned broth, canned beans, canned tomatoes, all baking supplies, frozen veggies, etc.) that I try to keep on hand at all times. My shopping list tends to be mainly produce, any odd items that I don't normally use (not too many of these! ) and any pantry items that need to be restocked.

    I also shop at several different stores, depending on what I buy (and I consider most of these items to be staples):

    Local Food Co-op (one block from my house!)
    Coffee (they have fair trade)
    Eggs (because we only get the free-range kind)
    Some dairy- they get buttermilk, cream, etc. from a local dairy. Yum! No FF dairy products, though. Organic hormone-free milk.
    Produce (buy as needed)
    Some baking goods: whole grains, flour from WW, rye, oat, spelt, etc., nuts (these I buy as needed)

    Large chain supermarkets
    Produce (buy as needed)
    Canned goods: beans, tomatoes, pumpkin, mandarin oranges (a treat for my 5yo), LF coconut milk
    LF and FF dairy: Breakstones 2% cottage cheese (the best!), Lucerne light yogurt (only 2 WW pts for 8 oz), organic milk, nonfat yogurt, the individual yogurt packs for my dd's lunches
    Breakfast cereal: mainly high fiber and whatever is on sale for less than 3$/box.
    Baking goods: AP flour, sugar, conf. sugar, baking soda, baking powder, brown sugars, powdered milk, various chips
    Household supplies: toilet paper, paper towels, toothpaste, cleaning supplies, etc. (I should feel guilty but I just can't stand the ecologically healthy cleaning agents at the co-op-- they just don't work well enough), shampoo, soaps

    I also love Trader Joes but consider it a store for buying special goodies or to stock up on nuts, chocolates, etc. for holiday baking. I also go to Whole Foods for seafood and really good cuts of meat. I've also recently appreciated the fact that WF keeps canned pumpkin on the shelf year round. All the other stores around here consider this a seasonal item nowadays. And we buy most of our spices from Penzey's.

    There are certain types of products I don't ever buy unless I need them for a recipe that I really want to try out: cake mixes, any other baking mixes, jarred sauces (with the exception of spaghetti sauces), frozen entrees, cookies, potato chips, instant rice or oatmeal, boxed mixes for side dishes or main courses. I'm lucky that I have the time and inclination to cook from scratch- plus I always have an arsenal of quick recipes that I keep on hand.

    I buy LF wherever possible- always LF peanut butter, milk, cheese, etc. I don't use FF dairy unless I can hide it in something like with baking. I just don't like the taste. And I hate the taste of fake sugars in general although I've learned to tolerate the taste in my yogurt. Never in my coffee. Since I've been on WW, I've started using low cal bread but I have to hold my nose while doing it. And I generally stick with lean cuts of meat- using poultry as a sub for red meat quite often (ground turkey instead of beef, for instance).

    Hope that helps!
    -Jayne

  2. #62
    Typical? What is a typical week? I think that my list varies so much week to week just because our activities are always changing. I would love to say that I shopped the sales, but most of the time I just go through my recipes and pick out a couple of meals that the family likes and shop accordingly. I used to overbuy when I tried to do a week at a time, so now I just do two or three days max. Bread, Milk, Salad stuff, Bananas and Cereal are always on the list though.

  3. #63

    Adding my grocery list

    Hi,

    This is a great exercise since i have never had my grocery list as organized as I should.

    How detailed should it be? Should I just put together a main list that i use for the supermarket or also sub-lists that cover stuff that I buy in specialty food stores.

    Thanks!

    Vivek

  4. #64
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    Stuff that's on the regular grocery store list almost every week:

    lettuce or baby spinach (not lately) or baby greens
    tomato - usually grape (not in summer when I have my own)
    avocado
    mushrooms
    onion
    red pepper
    lemon/lime
    seasonal plus other veggies (depends on season & what I'll be making, sales)
    herbs (depends - often cilantro)
    bananas
    grapes (red or green, whichever is on sale)
    seasonal fruits (depends what's on sale, etc.)
    skim milk
    lite yogurt
    crackers
    pasta
    jar pasta sauce
    salsa
    hummus
    diet ginger ale
    paper products

    Stuff I buy according to what I'll be making that week and likely from a specialty store:

    seafood, spices, vegetable, cheese, bread

    Only if I need &/or need for recipe:
    canned goods - beans, stock, tomatoes, soup
    eggs
    baking goods
    tea

    We stock up about 4-6 times a year at TJ's with rice, nuts, our favorite frozen meals, and jarred/canned/etc. stuff of their's we like (lite coconut milk, less sodium soy sauce, salsas, etc.)

    We have a good local market for fresh pasta & cheese, another for produce, another for seafood, another for spices, several for breads and Whole Foods for almost all that. I also buy wine regularly at a wine store.

    Lots of other stuff that is not regular but get as needed/desired.
    Sarah

  5. #65
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    I menu-plan and shop twice monthly. Here are the staples I try to always have on hand, in addition to ingredients purchased especially for certain recipes:

    Raw rolled oats and five-grain blend (oats, wheat, tritacale, rye, & barley)
    Raisins
    Yeast, bulk
    Beans, canned and dry
    Tomatoes, canned (sauce, paste, crushed, and diced)
    Tomatoes, sundried
    Artichoke hearts
    Brown rice ("regular" and jasmine)
    Flour (all-purpose, whole wheat, buckwheat)
    Cornmeal
    Veggies, veggies, veggies (fresh and a few frozen)
    Fruits
    Frozen berries (raspberries and blueberries)
    Yogurt, organic vanilla
    Milk, whole and soy
    Butter, sweet cream
    Coffee, dark ground
    Cereal, whole grain
    Cheese (parmisan, medium cheddar, mozarella, cojita)
    Pesto, basil
    Garlic, peeled raw and roasted
    Meats in small quantities (boneless skinless chicken breasts, stew meat, ground beef, sasuage for soups, ham, pork roasts)
    Fish (canned tuna and salmon)
    Molassas
    Jelly, raspberry and strawberry
    Olive oil
    Vinegars (white and red basalmic, apple cider, white and red wine)
    Wines
    Tonic water
    Peanut/almond butter, fresh ground
    Whole wheat bread
    Veggie burgers
    Green chilies, mild canned
    Chipotles in adobo sauce, canned
    Tortillas
    Teas, herbal
    Eggs
    Last edited by tamawrite; 09-28-2006 at 12:36 PM.
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  6. #66
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    Dairy -

    Milk (1%)
    Eggs
    Cheese - Cheddar, Fresh Parmesan, Gruyere, Bree, Mozzarella, Montery Jack and Havarti
    Lowfat Cottage Cheese
    Yogurt
    Heavy Cream
    Butter (Salted and Unsalted)
    Cream Cheese


    Vegetables and Fruit -

    Broccoli
    Green Onions
    Cauliflower
    Cucumber
    Tomatoes
    Green Beans
    Collard Greens
    Baby Carrots
    Onions (Red, Brown, White)
    Red Potatoes
    Russet Potatoes
    Mushrooms
    Anaheim Chilis
    Bell Peppers


    Green Apples
    Bananas
    Oranges
    Grapes
    Lemons
    Limes

    Herbs (All Fresh) -

    Basil
    Cilantro
    Parsley
    Lemon Grass
    While not herbs...
    Garlic
    Shallots

    Dry Products -

    Cereals (Rarely name brand)
    Breakfast Bars
    Oatmeal
    Pasta (All shapes and colors)
    Crackers - variety
    Nuts
    Popcorn
    Flour (AP and Semolina)
    Sugars
    Bread
    Bagels
    Muffins

    Jar/Canned -

    Vinegars
    Mayo
    Catsup
    Mustards (Yellow/Brown)
    Olives (Black/Green)
    Olive Oil
    Canola Oil
    Syrups

    Misc -

    BBQ Brickettes
    Wines
    Sundries
    Paper Products - Paper Towels, Plates, Baggies, Toilet Paper

    Meats -

    Chicken
    Steaks (T-Bone or Top Sirloin)
    Fish (Talapia, Halibut, Shrimp, Catfish)
    Pork Roast and Chops
    Skirt Steak
    Sausage (Dinner and Breakfast)
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  7. #67
    we shop at multiple grocery stores--2 supermarkets, Trader Joe's, Target's, and a Chinese store. The shopping list varies, but here's a list of what we usually have on hand:

    Pork chops
    Ground pork
    other Chinese-cut pork
    steaks
    Chinese-style beef for stewing
    chicken of some description (breasts, whole fryer, dark meat, or mixed)
    seafood that's eaten the same day or the day after
    Seasonal veggies and fruits
    All-season fruits (i.e. apples, bananas, etc.)
    Green leafy veggies, usually Asian veggies
    dried shiitake mushrooms
    garlic, lots of garlic
    green onions
    yellow/white onions
    potatoes
    skim milk
    fat free vanilla yogurt from Trader Joe's
    eggs, lots of eggs
    Pepsi
    frozen blueberries
    frozen mixed veggies
    cranberry or cran-apple juice
    frozen potato stuff (i.e. tator tots or fries)
    rice
    pastas
    Chinese noodles
    instant noodles
    all-purpose flour
    bread flour
    wheat flour
    rye flour
    cake flour
    semisweet chocolate squares
    unsweetened chocolate squares
    Dutch process cocoa
    natural cocoa
    brown sugars
    granulated sugar
    chocolate chips
    a great variety of dried herbs (from Penzey's)

  8. #68
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    I buy most items locally at our buying club/co-op or from farmers. However, I do shop at Whole Foods some times.

    Here is what I typically get at Whole Foods.

    Organic Rice milk
    organic Cottage cheese
    organic Sour cream
    organic Yogurt
    Organic Soy yogurt
    organic cheese slices
    all-natural soda pop
    salsa
    organic tortillas
    Organic Celery
    Organic Grapes
    Organic Bananas (usually get these at our co-op)
    Organic Garlic
    Organic Raisins

    Lisa

  9. #69
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    My grocery list is dependent on what I plan to make for the week. Staples that I always like to have on hand are:

    dried pasta
    beans
    rice
    canned tomatoes
    onions
    garlic
    canned tuna or salmon
    flour tortillas (they make great pizzas)
    pizza quick sauce
    salsa
    parmesan-reggiano cheese
    Kraft parmesan (DH's request)
    lettuce
    mayo
    anchovy paste
    lemons
    mustard
    cereal
    Ritz crackers
    Luna bars
    Last edited by mcgee; 09-29-2006 at 12:16 PM.

  10. #70

    Thumbs up Menu

    I am so excited to see that Cooking Light is going to help me with the ingredients I most need to have on hand. I am a recently new wife and new mother. Trying to find a way to balance life and figured one way to do it was a grocery list, however, my grocery list is pretty pathetic and once I get to the store I find 50 other things that I need and don't have! What type of spices should I always have in the rack? I look forward to the article!!

  11. #71
    I'm from singapore and realised my list doesn't defer that much.
    the world is getting smaller after all...
    i don't cook that much, but my usual shopping list is

    fresh chicken breast & thigh meat,
    fish for my wife
    lots of vege, chinese chye sim, cabbage, lettuce.
    instant noodles for the quick fix
    milk
    yakult ( a type of cultured milk for easier digestion)
    and last but not least...
    TOFU for making simple soup
    Ming Chern aka TOFUmonkey
    Where the world evolves around tofu...

  12. #72
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    Smile What's on Your Grocery List?

    I have a good size pantry that I keep stocked with items like pasta, canned beans (several varieties), pasta sauce, salad dressings, a couple of boxed dinners for those on-the-fly nights, cereals, bottled juices, canned olives, tomatoes, tomato paste, peanut butter, jelly, tuna fish and a few canned vegetables. I also have a "baking" cupboard with flours, sugar, oils, and other baking items. I also usually have on had a box or two of crackers, a bag or two of cookies, and a SINGLE DRAWER alloted to several kinds of granola bars. Then in my freezer, I have ground round, ground turkey, skinless, boneless chicken breasts, pork loin and pork chops, and a few bags of frozen vegetables. I also freeze homemade sauce, soup and sometimes a casserole or two. I freeze different colored sweet peppers to use over the winter, apple sauce, and quart bags (maybe 20+?) full of blueberries. Also a few Healthy Choice dinners that my husband takes to work for lunch.

    When I make my weekly (or twice weekly) trips to the store, I pick up the perishables - milk, bread, lunch meat, cheese, eggs, vegetables and fruit and any items that I have noted that I'm out or nearly out of. If I'm trying something new and am missing a specific ingredient, I'll put that on my list. Then, about once a month I will make a big trip to BJ's Wholesale Club and stock up on the pantry and freezer supplies that are dwindling.

    Even being this well stocked, I still come up blank on an evening or two a week as to what to fix for dinner. Luckily my husband will come up with something or even suggest that we go out (nothing fancy - just something we like).

    With all this food on hand, along with my large cook book collection, there should be no excuses for no ideas!
    barbara-cook

  13. #73
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    The produce varies by what is in season and we buy almost all produce at the farmer's market during the spring/summer/fall.

    Carrots
    Potatoes
    Onions
    Mushrooms
    Lettuce
    Avacado
    Limes
    Apples
    Grapes
    Peaches
    Oranges
    Strawberries
    Bananas
    Chicken breasts
    Ground beef
    Yogurt
    Tortillas
    1/2 and 1/2
    Skim Milk
    Eggs
    Mozz cheese
    Cheddar cheese
    Bread
    Cereal
    Black beans
    Refried beans
    Pasta
    Canned tomatoes
    Canned tuna
    Salsa
    Frozen veggies
    Frozen pizza
    Veggie burgers
    Juicy Juice
    Baked Lays
    Granola bars

  14. #74
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    Buying for 2 adults

    This is a great question for me today, since I need to make a list!

    Things I typically buy are:

    Salad greens
    Tomatoes
    Onion
    Garlic
    Stir fry veggies
    Fruit that's in season- apples right now!
    1% Milk
    Vanilla soy milk
    Whole wheat bread
    Yogurt
    Brown eggs- free range if I can find them
    Cheese (usually cheddar, somtimes provolone or swiss)
    Boneless skinless frozen chicken breasts
    lean hamburger
    Fresh fish
    Cereal-usually shredded wheat, cheerios and granola
    Spaghetti sauce
    Near East Whole grain blends

    I buy other extra things too depending on what I'm making that week, and what's going on with our schedules.

  15. #75
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    -In season fruit for work lunches mostly
    -In season veggies, avacado, fresh pineapple chuncks usually broccoli, squash, asparagus, sweet potatoes
    some weeks lots of salad stuff- lettuce, mushrooms, feta, carrots onion, dried cranberries, nuts.
    _ one or two meals of fish, depending on what is available
    -One or two meals of chx or pork, a steak one a month or so
    -milk, eggs, eggbeaters, cheese, butter,
    - coldcuts for DH lunch

    Misc: canned diced tomatoes, t. sauce, pasta, rice salad dressing, mayo, mustard,

    -Baking isle stuff- sugar flour, Cho chips, nuts etc.

  16. #76
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    -In season fruit for work lunches mostly
    -In season veggies, avacado, fresh pineapple chuncks usually broccoli, squash, asparagus, sweet potatoes
    some weeks lots of salad stuff- lettuce, mushrooms, feta, carrots onion, dried cranberries, nuts.
    _ one or two meals of fish, depending on what is available
    -One or two meals of chx or pork, a steak one a month or so
    -milk, eggs, eggbeaters, cheese, butter,
    - coldcuts for DH lunch

    Misc: canned diced tomatoes, t. sauce, pasta, rice salad dressing, mayo, mustard,

    -Baking isle stuff- sugar flour, Cho chips, nuts etc.

  17. #77
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    An average grocery list almost always includes these staples:

    apples
    carrots
    celery
    garlic
    baby spinich or romaine lettuce
    angel hair pasta
    yogurt
    skim milk
    multigrain bread
    fresh parmesan cheese (I grate it myself)
    fresh herbs - usually oregano & basil
    onions or shallots
    boneless, skinless chicken breasts
    boneless porkchops
    ground buffalo meat (when my butcher has it in stock)
    tomatoes (we make our own pasta sauce)
    extra virgin olive oil
    lean cuisines

  18. #78
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    I keep my pantry well-stocked with all sorts of spices, oils, vinegars, cooking wines, beans, rices, pastas, pasta sauce, canned tomatoes, and olives. My baking shelf is always stocked with flours, cornmeal, sugars, oats, baking powder & soda, cocoa, chocolate, nuts, salt, and extracts. These are items I don't buy very frequently. Weekly staples would be:

    apple/orange juice
    1% milk
    Gatorade (for the kids)
    fruit cups
    organic applesauce
    bananas
    apples
    tomatoes
    onions
    parsley, basil
    lemons
    grapes or seasonal berries
    yogurt
    cereal
    whole wheat mini bagels or english muffins
    granola bars
    Boboli thin pizza crust
    cheeses: mozzarella, monterey jack, and parmesan
    pretzels
    whole wheat tortilla chips
    salsa
    Dove dark chocolate squares
    Boca chicken patties
    boneless/skinless chicken breasts
    lean porkchops or pork loin
    shrimp or grouper

    Of course, in addition to these weekly staples would be ingredients needed for any CL recipes I'm trying!

    ~S
    Sarah

  19. #79

    Average List

    Here are the things I *usually* get:
    Fat Free Milk
    Xlarge eggs
    whole wheat bread
    Fat Free plain yogurt
    Fat Free vanilla yogurt
    soft or silken tofu
    frozen berry mix (Costco)
    jarred or bagged mangoes (Costco)
    bagged spinach
    bagged spring mix salad
    blueberries
    apples
    strawberries
    onions
    bananas
    lowfat cream cheese
    rolled oats
    lowfat/sodium chicken broth
    ginger
    orange juice
    boneless, skinless chicken breast
    dried fruit- usually cranberries, cherries
    nuts- almonds, pecans
    frozen stirfry veggies
    frozen Normandy blend veggies
    bell peppers
    whole wheat tortillas
    tomatoes- grape and roma/hothouse
    lowfat or FF sour cream
    cilantro
    garlic
    cheese- cheddar and Pepperjack
    whole wheat crackers
    whole wheat graham crackers
    beans-black
    other non food items- toothpaste, shampoo, diapers, etc

  20. #80
    I rarely plan meals in advance because DH often has to work at night (2-3) times a week. Our son is 3 and does not yet eat our meals for dinner (v. picky!) But we are a family of grazers anyway, so here's how our shopping shapes up:

    Trader Joes
    String Cheese (low fat and regular)
    TLC crackers
    Sauces for chicken
    Peanut Butter
    Jelly
    Baby carrots
    Bananas
    Fruit / veggies if prices are lower than supermarket
    Cereal Bars
    Cereal: low fat granola, Joe's Os, etc.
    Fish sticks
    Chicken nuggets
    Bread
    Mini bagels
    Frozen fruit bars
    Low fat cheddar Cheese
    Sweet potato fries
    Fat free half and half
    Orange Juice with calcium
    Gummy vitamins
    Frozen stir fry
    Soy chips

    Supermarket
    Yogurt (kids' and low fat for me)
    Yogurt drinks for lunch box
    Milk
    Eggs
    Seltzer
    Flavored coffee creamer
    Veggies
    Fruit
    Chicken and ground turkey
    Canned goods (beans, broth)
    Dried Pasta

    Whole foods
    Fish

    Target
    Snack packs of crackers, etc. when on sale for lunchbox
    Coffee
    Nutrigrain Waffles (the best prices anywhere!!)
    Pretzels

  21. #81
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    I am actually trying to figure this out. I don't really buy the same things every week. At the moment we are going through a bit of belt tightening, and I know that I could save a lot more money if I had a normal shopping list. What do I normally do? I do plan ahead, I got through my cookbooks, pick out recipes that interest me (or printouts from websites - or magazines) and then go through my pantry to figure out what I need to make those meals. I do keep a lot of ethnic things on hand - I have a bad habit of going into the stores finding something interesting and buying it before even knowing what it's used for.

    I guess the main things I check that I have:

    Flour (Wheat/Bread/AP/White Wheat) - I make our bread and pizza doughs
    lunchmeat (for hubby's lunches)
    sliced cheese (for hubby's lunches) (I wish he would take leftovers!)
    canned diced tomatoes
    canned beans (chickpeas, pinto, kidney, black, soy)
    tomato soup (for quick meals)
    butter
    olive oil
    canola oil
    Pam
    sugar
    Splenda
    brown sugar
    soy milk
    sour cream
    NF yogurt
    coffee
    tea bags
    jam/jelly
    peanut butter (or almond if I'm going to the HFS)
    frozen chicken breasts
    frozen veggie burgers
    frozen mixed vegetables
    frozen soup/stew veggies
    frozen pepper stir-fry
    frozen spinach
    frozen Pierogies
    frozen hotdogs (I buy at Costco and divide up)
    garlic (fresh and bottled)
    ginger
    mayonnaise
    mustard (dijon/spicy/yellow)
    marshmallows (Cocoa without?? Never! And I like them stale)
    Brown Rice
    Couscous
    Millet
    Quinoa
    Lemon juice
    Lime Juice
    BBQ Sauce
    A1
    Hot sauce
    "Rooster" sauce
    Oyster sauce
    hoisin sauce
    Fish Sauce
    Dry Coconut milk powder
    Dry milk (baking/homemade cocoa)
    chocolate chips
    soy sauce
    Worcestershire Sauce
    Vinegar (Balsamic/cider/white/rice)
    Frozen "Beef" and "Chicken" strips & ground
    eggs
    onions
    potatoes
    sweet potatoes
    celery
    carrots
    cabbage
    cornmeal (yellow)
    grits (yellow)
    Oatmeal (quick/reg/irish)
    cocoa (dark & reg)
    baking powder/soda
    vanilla extract (and butter/nut/vanilla extract)
    salt (kosher & sea)
    Pasta (whole wheat if available - lasgna/shells/egg/macaroni/penne/rotini/spaghetti/fettuccine)
    jarred pasta sauce
    ground beef (frozen)
    fish (frozen)
    dried beans (lentils [french/brown/red/yellow], split peas, chick peas, pinto, kidney, white, lima)
    Soba Noodles
    Rice Noodles
    tuna

    Ok, that's about it that I definately try to keep on hand...I'm sure there's more but a lot of it is occasional stuff.
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  22. #82
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    Typical Grocery List

    It's just myself and my DH, we have company over about 3 times a month. The grocery list varies by week because it takes a while to use up some of my staples. Also I bake my own bread, cakes, etc. so I don't buy these things every week, I go to the pantry.

    Favorite Flavors:

    Me:
    Tomatoes
    Avocado
    Fish
    Pork
    Lemons, Limes, Oranges
    Broccoli
    Green Beans
    Corn
    I like all fruits but Berries,Peaches & Nectarines, Pineapples are my favorites
    Coconut
    Onions & Garlic
    Oatmeal
    Flaxseed
    Dairy Products -- milk, yogurt, cheese
    Coffee


    Husband:
    Tomato sauce/Spaghetti Sauce
    Meat - Beef, Pork, Chicken
    Eggs -- #1 favorite food, Beef/Pork is second
    Onions & Garlic
    Chocolate
    Bread (any kind)
    Cinnamon
    Apples
    Bananas
    Noodles & Pasta
    Honey
    Corn
    Potatoes

    Here are typical things we buy/keep in pantry:

    Oatmeal -- love it -- eat 5 days out of 7, also use in bread recipes
    Organic ground Flaxseed -- add to oatmeal, use in recipes, also put in burgers, keeps them moist
    Honey
    Bread Flour -- Buy in bulk
    Whole Wheat Flour -- buy in smaller quantities, keep in freezer
    Seminola Flour (for pizza dough, Italian breads)
    Cake Flour
    Cinnamon -- any recipe that has this spice is it hit in my house, also I give cinnamon bread as gifts and my neighbors love it, request it all the time)
    Huge assortment of spices
    Jams (for yogurt, and for making coffee cakes, and some sauces)
    Dark Brown Sugar
    Whole Wheat or Blend pasta
    Tomato Sauce/Spaghetti Sauce (Both DH and I LOVE tomato products)
    Barbeque Sauce
    Olive Oil
    Real Butter (no margarine)
    Tuna

    Weekly groceries look like this:

    Every Week:

    Avocado
    Salad (2) -- I pack my lunch each day and it's usually a huge salad with some kind of protein and lots of veggies
    Tomatoes (In the summer I grow my own)
    Lemons (for me, one of my favorite flavors, also use in cakes)
    Limes (ditto)
    Organic Fat -Free Milk -- I use milk in oatmeal, coffee, and baking. I also make my own yogurt. This is on the list every week.
    Eggs -- My DH LOVES eggs, we have a big Sunday breakfast; otherwise I use for baking
    Seasonal Fruit -- Berries, Watermelon, Peaches, Nectarines, Cherries, Oranges
    Seasonal Veggies (I love green beans, DH doesn't)
    Corn (we both love this )
    Potatoes (the yellow kind)
    A Protein

    For Freezer (not every week, but purchased when on sale) -
    Whole Chicken
    Imitation Crab
    Shrimp
    Ground Turkey
    Hamburger
    Pork Loin
    Shredded Cheese

    I like to cook/bake and even though I work full-time, I rarely purchase prepared frozen entrees, they taste very bland to me. I also don't purchase cake mixes, etc. They also taste pretty bland.

    JuliN

  23. #83
    Costco first:
    organic baby greens
    banana, apples, pineapple, lemons etc, varies
    blueberries
    omega 3 eggs
    egg beaters
    coffee beans, roasted on site
    nonfat milk
    frozen veggies
    staples for baking
    chicken broth
    laundry products when needed
    shampoos and contact stuff
    Natural food store:
    yogurt
    bulk oatmeal, cornmeal, spices
    soups
    produce
    fruits
    nuts
    trailmix
    olive bar
    cheese, oh yeah, cheese
    regular grocery store:
    mayo
    produce
    some meat
    dairy stuff I didn't get at Costco
    misc odds and ends
    mostly whatever is on sale or in season
    When things are on sale I stock up, my pantry is loaded with crackers, baking supplies, pasta, tomato products, beans, soups( I love roasted red pepper and tomato soup) so when I see them I buy them.
    I plan to join a produce coop that delivers a box of organic produce to your door every week.
    I go to Costco when the milk is gone (every 10-12 days), and fill in the grocery store every week or so. I will also decide I want to make something and run to the store if needed. So, I don't really have an organized weekly shopping trip I just try to stay out of the store as long as I can.

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