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It's been a while since we talked about anything deep and meaningful here on the blog, and by golly isn't it about time already?!? Let's dive deep! Let's get insightful! I'm talking profound here!
THE FORMIDABLE GROCERIES
Does anybody out there hate grocery shopping as much as I do? I mean, is it just the worst or what? I LOATHE grocery shopping. I would rather do any chore in the whole world over grocery shopping. Even toilets. Yes. Toilets.
Since I've been married I've switched up my shopping strategy many a time. First I followed my single grocery strategy and that was to just buy whatever looked good at the moment. That didn't work very well as a man can't live on fruit snacks and cold cereal alone.
Next I decided to be chef extraordinaire I planned meals out a month in advance, writing endless grocery lists filled with ingredients I didn't know existed like cumin and water chestnuts. Meal planning and grocery shopping was a four hour affair, but once I was done I was done for a month! And only $250 down the drain!
There were obvious disadvantages to this. The food started going bad before we could use it. And I never remembered what ingredient I had bought for what recipe. And I burned half the recipes anyway.
Next came the eat out approach. I bagged groceries completely. (Get it... I bagged groceries... too good, Bonnie, too good.) We'd go weeks with nothing more than a half gallon of milk and a bottle of ketchup in the fridge. Hubs would say he needed food and I'd tell him there was a Taco Bell across the street. Four sicknesses and nine pounds later I realized man can not live on Dorito tacos alone. (But a girl can dream can't she?!?)
My most recent strategy has been the in-n-out approach. I go to the store two or three times a week and just pick up the few things that I need in the immediate future. AS FAST AS I CAN. In store. Out store. Bam. No huge meal planning, no stressful lists. A loaf of bread here and some sliced turkey here and that's that. The problem is I am still having to spend entirely too much time in a grocery store. And even though it's only $20 a grocery session I'm spending that three times a week. It adds up.
This would be the point in this long, rambling blog post where I turn to you. Help a hopeless shopper out? I've got two questions that I would desperately like some answers to:
1. How in the world do you do grocery shopping? Do you plan your meals out for an entire week? Or do you just pick up whatever? Do you always have a grocery list when you go to the store? What is the easiest way?!?!
2. How much is normal to be spending on groceries a month? I spend $200-250 a month on just me and Hubs for a month's worth of groceries. And we go out to eat once or twice a week. Every month I feel like I way overspent and yet I can't seem to make the bill go any lower. What's normal?
I told you girls I was going to get deep, didn't I?!?
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