I am rethinking the way I shop for groceries and plan our meals. I am looking to save $$ and time. I prefer to shop everyday or two for specific meal needs (tmeat and any extras) but I realize that this is costing me time and probably money.
Originally, I would try to plan our meals for the week but life being what it is it didn't always work out. I sometimes felt I was wasting food because of that. Sometimes I just didn't feel like having chicken one night but felt like I had to use it that night anyway because I defrosted it.
I go to the Produce market for produce, deli items and sometimes meat as the prices are far better than the supermarket. ($8 for a jar of kalamatas? Seriously?) With the kids going through 4-5 pounds of apples a week at one time the $1.99 vs $.99 at the produce store made a difference. Kids are away now so things have changed.
A butcher for most of my meat. I go to Trader Joe's mostly for frozen, cheeses and a few other items. Rarely produce/meat.
The supermarket for everything else and warehouse stores for some meat and staples. You get the picture. A lot of running around but I spread it out and I try to stock up and keep a pantry of things liked tinned tomatoes, spices, stocks, pasta etc.
I'm also trying to make meals from things we have in the house (and freezer too).
Life has slowed down a bit so I think it might be time to try some planning again. What do you think about it all? Does it save you money? Does it keep you from wasting food? Does it save you time?
Do you plan your meals from the sales that week?