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)
The Spice Diva---- $9.74 (includes $4.00 for two new spice jars)
chili powder, California
chili pepper flakes
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
Total spent: $99.73
* impulse buys