This month, I am trying something different with regards to grocery shopping and meal planning. I will do some more specific posts as I go on this journey, but the general overview is:
- Meat shopping at the Saturday farmer’s market, and meal planning on Saturday evening, rather than buying meat at Publix on sale.
- Buying some things at the discount grocery store that I pass 10x week (no, really I do. It’s on the way to and from school so it won’t cost much time). For example, today I bought Organic Girl spinach, bread, pears (I don’t buy organic), vinegar, and pasta.
- Writing down prices of common things I buy (on paper, not electronically) rather than trying to remember everything
- Looking into buying some pantry items on Amazon and Vitacost. The organic things I buy might be cheaper.
- This is the biggie – using cash. And by cash I mean paper and coins, not debit.
These changes are quite profound for me. They involve shopping at several different places, which I usually think is a time waste. Meat will be our most expensive item so I will need to save on other ingredients without sacrificing quality (read, I still want organic and non-GMO as much as we can afford). I think saving organic for Publix and online, and non-organic from the discount store might help. We shall see. Wish me luck!
At the farmer’s market I bought: Chicken breast (the chicken was raised on a farm about an hour away, and processed the day before), grassfed steaks and three pounds of ground beef (also from a farm about an hour away), and a three pound Boston pork butt. I already had an idea I would buy these things so meal planning was a little easier. All dishes are designed to stretch the meat dollar to the max.
Saturday: Breakfast for dinner: Eggs and bacon
Sunday: Chicken alfredo. As I say again and again, the dish will give us two dinners and two+ school lunches
Monday: Picadillo using grassfed beef from the market, and rice
Tuesday: Leftover chicken alfredo
Wednesday: Picadillo again
Thursday: Slow cooker BBQ pork sandwiches
Friday: BBQ pork leftovers
Saturday: Steaks from the market, and some kind of filling side because the steaks aren’t huge. Maybe kabobs would be good…actually, a side of black bean soup would be cheap and filling