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Jan 29, 2014 04:39 AM

What's on your grocery list today?

I've always been a bit of a one-stop-shopper, but I'm trying to get into a little more price and quality hunting. How many times a week do you go grocery shopping? How many stores do you hit in one trip, or in one week? Do you plan meticulously and stick to your list, or head in with just a general idea and grab whatever catches your eye? What is your grocery budget, how many people are you feeding, and where do you live?


My main shopping day is Tuesday, when I hit Kroger while my fiance is in class. We often end up hitting Wal-Mart on Saturday or Sunday, when he realizes he's missing something for next week's lunches. (I'm trying to get away from that as much as possible.)

Besides Kroger, I have a small market where I like to buy my produce, an Asian market, and a little store where I get my spices. I'm going to do scouting runs in Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, and The Fresh Market to see if there is anything there I want to incorporate into my shopping routine.

I live in Central Virginia, am feeding two people (one on a diet, and one construction worker who could eat a horse), and have a budget goal of $400 per month.


C'ville Market---- $24.71 (after $5.00 discount)
broccoli heads (2)
No Bull burgers (2)
onions, yellow (3 lb bag)
lemon (2)*
lentils, red*

The Spice Diva---- $9.74 (includes $4.00 for two new spice jars)
chili powder, California
chili pepper flakes

Kroger---- $65.38
fresh basil
peanut oil
oyster sauce
diced tomatoes (6) (Del Monte, .69 per can)
Monster, regular and zero ultra (8) (99 cents a can! couldn't pass it up)
sandwich thins, whole wheat
Parmesan wedge (10 oz, I think)
part-skim mozzarella, shredded
baby Swiss, sliced*
sour cream, reduced fat
paper towels
laundry detergent

Total spent: $99.73

* impulse buys

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  1. <What's on your grocery list today?>

    I was going to say that I don't have a list today because I don't plan to shop today

    <How many times a week do you go grocery shopping?>

    Probably once or twice a week -- leaning much closer to once a week for the cold weather.

    <How many stores do you hit in one trip,>

    At least 2 if not up to 5 or 6, but I am in a different situation than most people. I have been going to local Chinatown for fresh grocery shopping --very fresh produces. Yet, the Chinatown doesn't have a lot of "one-stop for all" stores. There are stores dedicate to only selling vegetables, a few stores dedicate to seafood, couple stores dedicate to meat (pork/beef).... They are all within 3 minutes of walking distance.

    Everything else I buy from typical supermarkets like ShopRite...

    <Do you plan meticulously and stick to your list, or head in with just a general idea and grab whatever catches your eye?>

    Some time I plan ahead when I have a specific dish I want to cook. Most of them (>80%), I just grab whatever look fresh.

    <What is your grocery budget, how many people are you feeding, and where do you live?>

    I don't know. Maybe $30-40 a week on average?

    I am feeding just myself. I live in New Jersey.

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      1. re: HillJ

        I was from California, but I now live in NJ. I still associate myself as a Californian, so maybe you hear more about California from me.

    1. Grocery list today: Nothing - I'm trying to reduce my pantry stockpile at the moment, cooking with what I have instead of buying and cooking what I feel like. So no food purchases today.

      How many times a week do you go grocery shopping? Maybe 4 times a week if you count each time I pop into a shop for something fresh

      How many stores do you hit in one trip, or in one week?
      1 - 3. if I only need a single item, 1. If I'm cooking for a meal I might go to the vegetable shop, the butcher and the wine shop.

      Do you plan meticulously and stick to your list, or head in with just a general idea and grab whatever catches your eye?

      Cooking for myself, it's what catches my eye. Cooking for other people, stick to a list.

      What is your grocery budget, how many people are you feeding, and where do you live?

      £100 a month for most food, laundry, cleaning and bathroom supplies, maybe another £10 a week for additional fresh items. So £150 a month, including wines for the house. I shop at a variety of places, including an asian supermarket, a butcher, a fishmonger and specialist wine shops, but will restock tins/pantry items and bulk supplies by shopping online and having it delivered.

      I live alone, in London, and cook for addiditional people on average twice a week.

      1. (Garlic) bread and perhaps a container of container of mediocre sushi.

        1. I remember a few old threads if you want more ideas, can probably find them in a recent search.

          I shop every day or every other to pick up random items. I do one big trip a week.

          I always make a list but inevitably come home with other things not on the list-I don't hesitate to pick up a good looking cut of meat or vegetables or an interesting condiment or two.

          I spend wat more than most on groceries but that's by choice and I don't spend on other items that many do e.g. going out to eat, alcohol, movies, clothes. I feed two maximum, one often and probably couldn't live on $400 a month.

          I visit 4 stores weekly for particular items I like at each store

          1. I'm still working on my list for the week, and it's longer than normal because of Super Bowl.

            But anyway, I shop once per week for the most part, at King Soopers, which is a Kroger-owned store. I usually shop on Friday or Saturday. Very very occasionally I will go to Sprouts, but it has to be for a very good sale item as it is about 20 minutes away. I also do a trip to Costco every 2 months or so, where I stock up on various things like sodas, some meat (mainly beef), K-cups, and snacks like granola bars. But, that's a separate budget item for me. My last Costco trip was $239.70 but that also included non-food items like some clothes and household items.

            My weekly grocery budget is $50. I've become pretty good at stocking up on things like meats when on sale, while still keeping under the $50. Last week's bill was $49.56, week before was $34.34, before that was $48.55, and before that was $41.74.

            I should also say that my SO travels during the week most weeks, so I'm mainly shopping for 1 for 4-5 days a week. When he doesn't travel, I try to stay under $75/week.

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            1. re: juliejulez

              Here's my list so far for this week though... I'll update with the price after I go. It's divided by "areas" of the store. Since this is for Super Bowl, a lot of this stuff I don't normally buy at the grocery store, like sodas and juices. I'm hoping it'll still be under $100.

              red bell pepper
              red chile
              red onion x2
              broccoli x2
              lemons and limes (for drinks)

              pizza dough
              slider buns
              6-7lb pork roast

              protein bars x5
              4oz can green chiles
              can chipotles

              worcestershire sauce
              liquid smoke
              28oz can crushed tomatoes x2

              parmesan cheese
              pepper jack cheese
              mozzarella cheese
              coffee creamer

              orange juice/sunny delight (for orange beers)
              spicy v8 (for red beers)
              2 liter sodas

              paper plates

              1. re: juliejulez

                Alright just went shopping, this list is for Super Bowl and for all of next week... since I knew I'd be spending money on Super Bowl stuff I did some careful planning to use up mostly things I have for my meals next week.

                Diet Dr Pepper to drink now :)
                Plastic plates
                plastic cups for shots
                2 pork butts totaling about 6.5lbs
                2 liter coke
                2 liter 7-up
                2 liter diet 7-up
                Spicy "vegetable" juice (generic V8)
                Sunny Delight
                Small 8 pk hamburger buns x 4
                Dozen eggs*
                8oz shredded mozzarella
                8oz shredded pepper jack
                Fage Yogurt 7oz*
                Pizza Dough x 2
                28oz can crushed tomatoes x 2
                4oz can diced green chiles
                can chipotle chiles
                Worcestershire sauce
                Liquid Smoke
                Coffee Creamer
                Head Cabbage
                2 broccoli crowns
                2 red onions
                italian parsley
                4 lemons
                8 limes
                bag mini peppers*
                red fresno chile

                Total: $74.49... very pleased!

                Kroger does a thing where you give you a "personal price" digital coupon through your member card on certain items you buy a lot, so I had that for the shredded cheese (hence why I bought that instead of block). Same thing for the coffee creamer. Also a good surprise was they applied a digital coupon I had for their "natural" pork brand, even though I didn't buy that brand... I guess because they don't carry that brand at my store. Saved $1 for each pork roast I bought.

                I bought hamburger buns vs slider buns because they were on sale for $1 for 8. The slider buns were 3.69 for 16.

                I bought eggs on a whim because I'm almost out, so even though I don't have a plan for them right now I always like to have them. The yogurt was also an unplanned purchase because they were out of the flavor of protein bars I like. So my breakfasts next week will be yogurt parfaits instead of the protein bars... already have granola and apples at home I can use. And, the sweet peppers were on sale for $2.50 and I just like to eat them :)

                1. re: juliejulez

                  Not bad for that long of a list! I need to get a new Kroger card.... I never filled out the paperwork on the one I have now, so I can't register it online. I just used all of my fuel points for this month, so I'm at a good breaking point to replace it. I didn't know about the personal price coupons.

                  1. re: Kontxesi

                    Yeah I should have said my store is not a straight Kroger, but it's owned by Kroger but I would assume the coupon programs are the same.. I hate cutting coupons and carrying them around, but they have a pretty good selection of digital ones. I just load up anything I think I might buy, so sometimes it's a surprise at checkout because it automatically takes them off and I don't keep too close of track of what I've loaded up. Also takes out expired ones too. Definitely worth doing!