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Jeni

Semi-FRC...changing the way I shop, and could use some advice!

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Posted to Thread #2786 at 9:19 pm on Jul 27, 2006

First of all, please let me say THANK YOU to all of you - I mostly lurk here, but am learning so much about food and cooking. So, thanks! I'm hoping you all might be able to help me think through a few ideas about how I'm planning to change the way I shop and cook.

Until now, I've done the typical grocery run every week or so, with Costco every couple of weeks. My 3 year old was just dx with type 1 diabetes, and this was the last push that I needed to move forth with a plan I've had in the back of my head for a while to change the way our family shops and eats - namely, cutting out unnecessary processed foods, and focusing on higher quality foods across the board. Organic when it makes the most sense (IMO - beef (which we don't eat often), some poultry, eggs, milk and certain fruits and veggies), and just fresher, better quality when not (ie: greengrocer produce, quality bread from a bakeshop...assuming I don't make it myself). I haven't been happy with our convenience-based way of eating for a while, but I'm really ready to change things now. The thing is - I'm not too sure how best to approach this. My grocery budget for a family of 3 is about $80/week (CDN). I'm planning to spend a chunk of cash up front to stock the freezer and a good pantry's worth of items - the freezer will be "back up" supply, so to speak, and will fill in with food when it's not possible to shop as often in a week, or when the budget is stretched too tight for much meat or fish that week. For the most part, I want to be buying fresh maybe 2 or 3 times a week, and only for what we'll use within 2 or 3 days. As I use freezer items, I'll replace them.

I plan to still shop at Costco every other month or so, for frozen veggies and berries, staples like flour, pasta, rice, tinned tomatoes,etc. household products, and some meat and fish that would break the bank otherwise (ie: boneless skinless chicken breasts, which we use a LOT)....for the most part, though, I want to try and stay away from the chain supermarkets (in my area, the chains often have poor produce, lesser quality meat, and the prices aren't overwhelmingly competitive). I'm really starting to hate giving them my money as the quality just isn't there!

What I'd like to know is if anyone else is eating/shopping this way? Does it sound doable? (I realize it's a lot more shopping, but I'm a SAHM, so I have the time to be able to shop and do more from-scratch cooking.) It's going to be a bit of an adjustment, adapting to more seasonal shopping, and planning meals around what's fresh and looks good (as heavenly as it sounds it's a big change for me!!) - I like the flexibility, but also want to make sure this doesn't become so much work that it doesn't seem worth the extra time it takes. If anyone has any tips or advice or thoughts, I'd be happy to hear them all!

Sorry to waffle on for so long - if you've read this far, thanks!


Jeni


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