The shopping trip, or, stick to the plan.
Aug. 5, 2012 9:22 am
Updated: Aug. 13, 2012 3:21 pm
This new way of doing things is not as easy as it looked.
Planning the Menu Planner list and the subsequent trip was, well, a bear.
I was forced to reorganize my fridge and pantry. One side of my brain told me this is good for me and my family. The other side simply couldn't see the logic when it was sunny outside and there was fun to be had. But, it got done.
I printed out my grocery list off the Menu Planner and added other things I needed and set off for the store.
Upon entering, I felt a little overwhelmed and it didn't help that our grocery store had recently been remodeled and they changed up all the food sections. The fried onions weren't in their original spot, which launched me into a temporary snit.
I had set aside about two hours for the trip, which turned into 3 hours and 15 minutes from start to finish. I back-tracked a total of seven times, and yes, each time I was tempted to give up, grab a frozen pizza and call it a day.
However, after (finally!) checking out, I added up my bill and found it was pretty darned low. And then I realized I had purchased enough food for seven days of meals for a family of five.
In keeping with current language trends, I believe my proper response was, "OMG."
Looking back on it, yes, it was hard - very hard - for me. I was forced to rewire my brain toward methodical planning and shopping, rather than relying on my previous habit of just rolling in and flying by the seat of my pants.
I feel future trips will be easier, once I get through this new way of planning and shopping. I am glad I'm doing it before school starts and things get busier or I may have really given up.
I also realized that fast and easy pre-packaged foods are OK sometimes, but unless I make myself truly aware of what my family eats - and shop with that awareness - our diet (and food bill) will not improve.
So let me ask: How do you grocery shop? Do you have any tips to share?