All that has changed now, and especially changed now that Austin eats dinner with us each night. We don't have a choice but to have a dinner plan, because Austin needs a good, filling meal, and can't just have a bowl of cereal if we don't feel like cooking like Ben and I can do.
During this two part series, I'll touch on our grocery shopping habits, and then in the next post, how we meal plan. I'll start with where we shop and what we go there for.
There are certain staples for our groceries we get at Costco. We go about once a month for certain items, and then buy other items there as we need them.
- Ground Beef
- Chicken Breasts
- Low Sodium Chicken Stock
- Apple Sauce
For other staple grocery items, we go to Super Target or Target. A recent news story done in our area on grocery price comparisons shows that Target and Wal-Mart (where I hate going and refuse to) are the most affordable for staple grocery items.
- 99% Lean Ground Turkey
- Canned Goods
- Frozen Fruits and Veggies
- Shredded Cheese
- Ice Cream
- Frozen Meals
- Peanut Butter/Hummus/Condiments
- Snack Bars for lunches
- Fruit and Veggie Pouches
- Other Random Grocery items
For fresh produce and gluten free items, I usually go to Wegmans. I absolutely love this store, it has good prices for the level of service it has, and the store is beautiful and clean with bountiful produce options, delicious cheeses and bakery items. They also have a lot of fresh cut produce ready to use in recipes. I try to avoid these items to save money, but if I know I'll need them for a crazy week, I pick them up here.
|Enjoying a Snickerdoodle while Shopping at Wegmans|
If you're not familiar with this East Coast grocery chain, and read this in Minnesota, let's just say it's like Byerlys on steroids and not as expensive. Their hot line food bar is also restaurant quality for grabbing a quick meal. I'm digressing, but I love Wegmans. If I ask them to look into a certain gluten free item that I can't find on their shelves, they will try and special order it for me, and call me when it comes in to pick up at their service counter. Their customer service is simply wonderful.
- Deli Cheese
- Specialty Cheeses
- Gluten Free Bread
- Gluten Free Convenience Foods like frozen meals, crackers, etc.
- All Produce
Basically, there are certain items I like from certain stores, and sometimes based on time, I have to bite the bullet and just do all my shopping that week at a certain store (that usually ends up being Wegmans), but meal planning helps us not have to run back to the store during the week for random items.
Next post, I'll talk about specific meal planning and how to do that with food allergies, and toddler and different food preferences on a budget each week.