Around here, Saturday is my usual grocery shopping day. I’ve mentioned before (and you can tell by all the different brands) that I tend to hit up multiple different stores for my shopping trips. So this time around, I’m going to break down my grocery trip by the different stores I go to and the motivation behind it. It is time consuming, yes, but I feel like I get the best value out of my weekly budget.
So here we go!
Stop 1: The Farmer’s Market
- cooking onions
- bell pepper
- green beans
- red onion
The market is always my first stop every week (unless I can’t get to groceries until Sunday, then I have to skip it). While I don’t get all my produce there, I usually pick up half to three-quarters of it. Eggs are a must – between Eric and I we eat 2-4 eggs a day, so I usually pick up a flat every two weeks. I get meat there on occasion too; I prefer to support local farmers when I can.
Stop 2: FreshCo
- frozen meals
- apple juice
- whole chicken
FreshCo is where I usually get all my weekly staples – however, this week I only went for sale items because Zehr’s was having a no-tax event. Frozen meals because Eric likes them for lunches when there’s no leftovers around, plus the apple juice and chicken were on sale.
- hazelnut butter
- cream cheese
- taco kit
- sour cream (in French…forgot to turn the container around)
- cottage cheese
On regular items, Metro’s prices tend to run a little high. However, they get some amazing deals (especially on dairy and meat – the two priciest things in my budget) that warrant an almost-weekly stop.
This was absolutely an impulse purchase – it was on sale for $4.00. HALF PRICE. When you see Nuts to You products on that cheap, you just cannot say no (plus I realized the company is actually located 10 minutes away from me. I might have to look into that).
- frozen breakfast
- mouse traps (I know!! I think we got rid of most of them, but there’s been a couple signs that suggest we may still have one or two hanging around. So I’m prepared)
- cilantro in a tube (best idea ever)
- Eric shampoo (except I was supposed to buy conditioner…oops)
- BBQ sauce (I was intrigued)
- dish soap
I do go to Walmart almost weekly, but more for non-food and shelf-stable food items.
- baby carrots
- soba noodles
Usually, Zehrs has the same approach as Metro – more for the meat sales than anything else, plus a couple of President’s Choice products that I like. But the no-tax sale warranted for picking up the rest of my produce and a few pantry items there.
So there you go! A method to my madness.
- Saturday: out for dinner
- Sunday: steak, baked potatoes and salad
- Monday: salmon, rice and veggies
- Tuesday: whole chicken and veggies
- Wednesday: chicken stirfry (from the chicken leftovers)
- Thursday: taco night
- Friday: Thai shrimp soup (a new recipe for me)
Enjoy the last day of your weekend!
<— Do you have a grocery shopping strategy?
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