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Since I live in a house of giant boys, my opinion of groceries is probably different than that of single people or those with delicate flower children who don’t eat a lot. In my house, groceries are something to be procured and protected at all costs.
I start off each week with a list of meals that I will prepare. Sometimes the boys have suggestions, most of the time they don’t. Spaghetti and breakfast are weekly staples in Kline Land.
I buy everything for the week, either through a local grocery store or through Peapod. I think I save money with Peapod, despite having to pay a delivery fee, because I don’t impulse shop. I only get things that are on my list. At the local grocery store, I am tempted by sales and sparkly displays.
Even though I have a list and a plan, I still end up going to the store during the week several times. I buy deli meat at a local market because it’s cheap. I ran out of olive oil, apparently it is the drink of choice here?! Since I need some for tonight’s dinner, I’m back to the store again.
I don’t do a lot of junk food. Not only is it not a good thing, but the kids plow through it in top speed. That’s the same reason I can’t shop in bulk at Costco for snacks. Once the boys ate a 60 pack box of granola bars in two days. Three boys+two days=60 granola bars. So I buy snacks in regular size packs and when they’re gone, they’re gone.
I’m not a fan of the grocery store. Something about it turns otherwise normal people into zombies. They walk slow. They stumble along the aisles. They can’t control their carts, letting them drift left of center, ending perpendicular to traffic. As they stare blindly at the choices you can hear the low moan of the newly dead.
I also hate the cost of grocery shopping. Food is expensive! Food for five is a fortune! And it just keeps getting more costly!
Mostly, I hate the act of grocery shopping because it’s just the beginning of the work. Putting it away. Rearranging the cabinets after the boys help put it away. Cooking. Even though the twins are starting to do some of the cooking, I still need to coach them through it. Actually, the hardest part is coming up with original ideas for meals. Sometimes I’m just stuck in a rut!
I’d love to get some tips on grocery shopping. How do you do it? Do you love it or hate it? How do you come up with original meals?!