I do most of my shopping at Giant Eagle, which is close enough to our house that I occasionally walk there. I usually go two times a week, for around 5-20 minutes of actual shopping time. I write my list according to where things are in the store. I always use a basket when I’m doing my weekly shopping. It helps me to stick to my list, and I move faster when I’m desperate to relieve my tired arm! Plus, I have enough items in my pantry and freezer that I tend to only need produce, meat and dairy products.
A sample shopping list might look like: salad, green beans, bag of baby potatoes, an onion, apples, grapes, deli meat, chicken breasts, milk, eggs, cheese.
Costco and Trader Joe’s build up my pantry and freezer.
I don’t go to Costco very often, since there are only two of us. (I’m grateful to have a free membership through my dad’s company.) I store the bulk items in our laundry room and I freeze whatever bread products we aren’t using that week.
I mostly go for specific food items, but I occasionally browse the center area and the small kitchen appliances section. I’ve bought socks, flip flops, towels, a rice cooker, splatter screens, a beach chair...and maybe two or three times a year I’ll stock up on movie passes, toothbrushes, shampoo, and baking goods (I love their bulk spices and salt and pepper grinders.) These are the things I most consistently purchase:
- rotisserie chicken
- frozen meatballs
- paper products (tissues, TP and paper towels)
- dog treats
- black beans
- tomato sauce
- Kirkland tuna
Trader Joe’sOur closest TJ’s is about 25 minutes away, but I’ve actually never been to it! I always go to the one in Springfield, VA, which is right by my parent’s house. I’m there every two months or so.
- whole wheat slims (for Andy’s lunches)
- reduced guilt chunky guacamole
- tomato and roasted red pepper soup (The BEST pre-made tomato soup. Don’t get the low sodium version.)
- jalapeño refried beans
- feta dressing
- sriracha bbq sauce
- mandarin orange chicken (I serve it over rice)
- chicken burgers (Great with guac)
- pork potstickers (Served over rice — and I like to make a little sauce with brown sugar, soy sauce and sriracha. It’s spicy and a little sauce goes a long way)
- chicken tamales
- dark chocolate peanut butter cups
- cookie butter
- maple leaf cookies
- iced cranberry pistachio biscotti (seasonal)
- frozen almond croissants
What else should I try?