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"What's on your list today?"

lisaf Jul 30, 2007 02:38 PM

It's a catchy jingle for one of the local supermarkets here. As I make out my weekly grocery shopping list I was wondering what everyone else was buying.

Right now I have:
organic skim milk
green leaf lettuce
red peppers
chicken breasts
some sort of fresh fish or seafood (whatever is on sale or the monger recommends)

  1. ElsieDee Aug 1, 2007 01:56 PM

    I shop twice a week - usually Sunday afternoon for staples for the upcoming week and household stuff (cleaning supplies, etc.), and then Wednesday to replenish the "fresh" food. And as today is Wednesday, here's my list:

    Salad fixings, human (lettuces and add-ons)
    Assorted mushrooms
    Rabbit veg. (romaine, red leaf, green leaf, dandelion and turnip greens, cilantro, reg. parsley, Italian parsley)
    Cavy veg. (romaine, cilantro, parsley, red bell pepper, kiwis, oranges)
    French bread/baguette
    Cheese (see what strikes my fancy, but something for sandwiches and something else for salad incorporation)
    Fresh fish/seafood (see what looks good and what inspiration strikes)

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      mwright Aug 1, 2007 08:33 AM

      I'm just glad to see that someone else makes lists! Years of experience with small food budgets, long distances from grocery stores (1/2 hour ferry +1 hour's drive), picky eaters, etc have shaped my list-making process. I start by inventorying my fridge, cupboard, etc. Then I make a week's worth of menus, adding to my list as I add to the menu. The menus factor in such things as supermarket specials, meetings, children's activities, dinner invitations, preserving/pickling activities, sleepovers, guests, etc, in order to be sure that there's enough money to go around and that nothing is wasted.Sometimes I consult my children for list items (not often -- our house is not a democracy but a -- hopefully benevolent -- dictatorship).
      My mother and sisters find this whole process endlessly entertaining -- they are of the "browse every day' school of grocery shopping, and they think I'm obsessive. I once made my husband return to the wharf from half-way across the Sound so I could get my list. (He was a good man -- I had just gotten him trained to the beauties of "the List" when he died).
      Now I am ready to make my list. It being summer and hotter than it usually is in newfoundland, my list this week includes:

      Plain yoghurt
      fresh strawberries
      cold cuts
      Chedder cheese
      spiced Gouda cheese
      mozzerella cheese
      Parmesan cheese
      salad veggies
      apple juice
      ground beef
      cat food
      bread (our neighbourhood baker is back from his holidays on Saturday!)

      I stick very closely to my list when I get to the store -- my children have always known that if it isn't on the list it doesn't go into the cart. it will be interesting to see if they approach grocery shopping in the same manner.

      believe it or not, I love to go grocery shopping!

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      1. re: mwright
        LindaWhit Aug 1, 2007 10:37 AM

        I love grocery shopping as well! But my list making is way less involved than yours - probably because it's just me I'm feeding. However, my list format originates from my mother - she wrote things down on the page in the approximate order in which you find the items in the supermarket - so the produce all is in the upper left-hand corner, the baking items next, the canned goods and pasta next, along with drinks/water (which I don't buy).

        Upper right-hand corner is drugstore-type items, then pet food/items, then paper goods, then frozen goods and dairy.

        For meats, I write all of them in the middle of the page and circle them so I don't miss them. Same thing with special items - also make a note if something is BOGOF and put an asterisk next to any item for which I have a coupon. It's worked for me for 30 years. My sister thinks I'm nuts. But then again, I don't have anything missing from my pantry or fridge when I need it, whereas she and her husband often have to "run out" for something that was used up and not put on the list. :-)

        And the list is created as I need it - if I use something up, or something is almost used up, it gets written on the list, which is kept on the phone stand table.

        1. re: LindaWhit
          lisaf Aug 1, 2007 12:02 PM

          I like your system and may have to borrow it.

          I actually keep a list going in the kitchen so that as soon as you finish off the last of something it automatically goes on the list. Ideally I would take inventory like mwright, but usually find myself dashing off to the store after work.

          I do use the rule with my husband that if he wants something to put it on the list or else I won't buy it. I do consider my list the starting point and am always open to in season special produce or fish. I'll be purposely vague sometimes and write "fish", or "fruit" because I don't know what will strike my fancy or be a great deal.

      2. ArikaDawn Aug 1, 2007 03:46 AM

        Wow, you all make me look like a pig, haha. Will be grocery shopping tommorrow and started my list yesterday so I can add to it as things occur to me.
        Chicken Breasts
        Artichoke and Mozz.Chicken Sausages
        Turkey Kielbasa
        Swiss Cheese
        FF Cream Cheese
        Cranberry Juice
        Berry Granola x 2
        Whole Wheat Bagels
        Grape Tomatoes
        Green Beans
        Salad Greens
        Baby Carrots
        Cucumber x 2
        Fuji Apples
        Mushrooms Portabella and Cremini
        Frozen Broccoli
        Choc. Ice Cream
        Peppermint Carob Soy Delish
        Pineapple Sherbet

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        1. re: ArikaDawn
          LindaWhit Aug 1, 2007 05:31 AM

          No, you're just doing a major shop, whereas I think most of us were doing a mini-shop. :-) When I'm setting up a list for a major, I've got at least 5-6 veggies on the list and assorted canned goods, bathroom items, etc. All of your stuff sounds healthy too! (unlike my Frosted Mini-Wheats. <vbg>)

          1. re: LindaWhit
            ArikaDawn Aug 1, 2007 06:03 AM

            Yea, this is my major shop. I do it about every 2 1/2 weeks. It often lasts longer depending upon how many nights me and the SO go out. I literally HAVE to start my list a couple days in advance and keep it at my desk as I am constantly remembering things i need to get or finding things on CH I want to try. No shame in the Frosted Mini Wheats. Comparatively to a lot of snack foods they are healthy fare, haha. I understand the need for sweet. Notice the last four things on my list, 3 frozen desserts and candy =). I also have added cashew butter, brown rice krisps, and hummus in just the past hour. Gotta eat!

        2. LindaWhit Jul 31, 2007 04:52 PM

          Did my mini-shop on Sunday - no meat, as there's enough in the freezer:

          Apple and Fig cereal bars
          Organic sugar
          Canned tuna in olive oil
          Canned tuna in water (I mix 1 can of each when I make tuna salad)
          Presidente butter
          cone coffee filters (which I didn't need, as I had 2 boxes in my pantry!)
          Andouille chicken sausage
          Romaine hearts
          Red peppers

          Cain's mayo
          Yukon Gold potatoes
          Organic Cow 1% milk
          Thomas's English muffins
          Whole grain oatmeal bread
          Maple & Brown Sugar Frosted Mini Wheats (a friend said several of them are good for snacking!)

          Canned cat food
          Dry cat food (or crunchies at the critters know them)

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            piccola Jul 31, 2007 09:57 AM

            did the big shop already - this is just a touch up:

            grapefruit (I know they're out of season, but _someone_ in this house can't wait till winter)
            baby carrots (we go through almost a bag each day)
            1% milk
            BioBest organic skim yogurt
            whole-grain raisin bread from the local bakery (for toast)
            figs (as a treat, if they're available)

            also, a fun site: http://www.grocerylists.org/

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              adventuresinbaking Jul 31, 2007 08:40 AM

              Right now I am on my way to get:
              an orange
              and maybe sweet corn

              1. y
                yogurtsoda Jul 31, 2007 08:39 AM

                i just wrote my list out last night:

                gyoza wrappers
                shiitake mushrooms
                tenderloin steak
                soba noodles
                hoisin sauce
                green onions

                1. geg5150 Jul 30, 2007 05:47 PM

                  I'll play.

                  Jasmine rice
                  garam masala
                  salted butter
                  salad greens
                  red wine vinegar

                  Nothing too exciting.

                  1. Lemonii Jul 30, 2007 03:11 PM

                    Natural food co-op:
                    cat food
                    steel cut oaks

                    whole wheat buns
                    soy milk
                    sharp cheddar
                    red peppers
                    purple onion

                    1. m
                      mlgb Jul 30, 2007 03:02 PM

                      Haha! I'm on the way to the grocery store so I'll reply
                      Soy milk
                      frozen blueberries (smoothies)
                      reduced fat string cheese
                      whatever veggies are on special at the latin supermarket
                      chicken breasts or fish
                      I've got a crop of tomatoes and a lot of frozen peaches from my tree, or I'd be buying some of those, too.

                      1. k
                        k_d Jul 30, 2007 02:48 PM

                        I shopped Saturday. Here's mine.

                        cat fud
                        green onion
                        ground beef

                        Some "Far Side" fans may understand the spelling of the pet product.

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                        1. re: k_d
                          revsharkie Jul 31, 2007 04:45 PM

                          OP must live in Fred Meyer country.

                          Re "fud": that is (I Am Not Making This Up) a common brand name at the Mexican grocery I shop at in Storm Lake. Cheese, candy, various canned goods, all bearing the logo "FUD."

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