We had some running around to do. Stopped by grocery outlet and the dollar store for a look see. I knew that there was sharp cheese for two dollars and it's my husbands favorite. I have been getting coffee pods for .25. I got a build your own DiGiorno pizza for 4.99 and nuts. We also got individual pizza crusts and shortbread cookies. No yolk noodles were a dollar.
Get Jesse wrote a piece on grocery shopping, most of it made a lot of sense and I was especially interested in the 15 things that you are overpaying for if you are buying organic.
Some things didn't make sense to me, If I buy a five pound bag of potatoes, most of them go to waste. I find ready made potatoes at RBP and feel we are better off. I got 2 pounds of French fries for .60 at QFC a couple of weeks ago. That's cheaper than scratch and cooking them in the convection oven makes them crispy without oil.
I buy canned beans because I can't predict our bean usage. Beans and rice are two of the most temperamental food items for spoilage. I would rather buy canned and not be worried about spoilage. I haven't enough stamina to cook beans and then set out to make dinner at 7 o'clock when people get home from work and watch a toddler! It's too convenient to get beans at a RBP and have them at the ready.
I'll have to admit we are not foodies. I wrote this blog because I knew of people on snap that were running out of money before they ran out of month, No child in my opinion, should have to suffer the indignity of an empty pantry , not knowing where the next meal was coming from. Full snap is more than enough to feed a family if you know how to stretch a buck at the store and cook from scratch. No, you can't buy steak and lobster, and you can't buy food from Mars. But you can buy good real food our grandmothers ate and managed to live 80 plus years on! lol. It's using the age old secret of putting up for the winter......worked for hundreds of years.....long before the word hoarders was invented!
Age old stock market premise. Buy low, sell high. You buy food at the lowest price, and eat it when the price is high . Wait for a low price again. You buy fruit and vegetables in season and
Buy staple items when they are at their lowest price-- enough to last you Intel they are a low price again. Buy meat at low price and cook and /or portion control. You can rotate meats with the sales.
This week I bought seven percent hamburger and .88 a pound chicken highs. I got a rain check for whole chickens because Fred Meyers didn't have any. A few weeks go, I bought three pounds of sausage at Costco. Pepperoni is .50 at dollar tree with coupons often.
I have been spending between 75-80 a week for food and. Have developed a stock in the freezer and the pantry. I can go for some time without buying anything more than perishables. Good thing, because this is the time of year that we hit the donut hole and meds start taking a good portion of our income. We are a family of four.
Bottom line, is that I've paid about half of what retail is on any one item. It's simple
KNOW YOUR PRICES AND ONLY BUY AT RBP. Don't buy a lot of pre packaged things or dinner meals unless they truly are less than scratch! I can get hunts pasta sauce for as low as .75. That's about the cost of a 15 ounce can of tomatoes. It doesn't pay to scratch cook it.
All this has been harder since Haggens has taken over Albertsons, Safeways, and Top foods.
I can hardly wait for Winco. Oct 22nd, Now, we have to drive ten miles and we don't do that more than once every six to eight weeks. I buy some things from Safeways, but a lot own comes from Kroger , and Costco for some things. I'm waiting for the dust to settle and we get some stability on the grocery marketplace.
Food has taken a big hike and the poor see it first. There is no increase in social security this year,
but medical insurance and food has taken a hike and the elderly see that much more than gas or housing.
So much for my take on the economy! lol.