Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Grocery Shopping

After spending the weekend cleaning out the kitchen we finally made our first trip to the store last night to stock up on what we would need for the first few days. Lucky we have two refrigerators, which come in handy when purchasing so many fresh veggies. The nice one in the kitchen and the rusty box, the elder statesmen which now calls the garage home. The weekend was a good time to clean out the fridge and freezer, get rid of the bad stuff and keep the good stuff. Obviously we were cautious to just not throw everything out that could be used in phase 2-4. But did make a point to section the cabinets and pantry by phase. Hopefully this will makes things easier. Knowing that everything on this shelf is allowed for the next 17 days and there is no need to even look at the others yet. As you may recall from my earlier post I have a few concerns about staying on the diet, and organization is one of the tactics that I believe might make for smoother sailing. We'll see.

So, on to the shopping. My wife was nice enough over the weekend to plan out our meals for the coming week. Thus making the most of what we already had stocked and hopefully only buying what we need for short periods of time. In the past buying too many fresh fruits and veggies became an issue as they would spoil before we could get complete use of them. This we are obviously trying to avoid.

We hope to do most of our shopping at 4 places. Kroger, CostCo, Aldi and maybe the local fruit & veggie stand. Aldi is an excellent choice if you are trying to watch prices but they are limited on more specialty items. CostCo or any warehouse club is good for meats. We get fish and chicken at great quality and prices. The diet recommends some specialty items that you can find at Kroger or maybe you local Asian market. Over all we spent about $150 at Kroger last night. Word of warning, groceries are high. The condition of the economy? A week dollar? A worry of inflation? High gas prices? It all factors in. With this in mind you might want to keep an eye on the cost of certain items. Low carb/low sugar items. Probiotic items from the health section. Costs on these seems to be pretty high and several of them we put back.

Kroger did have some good deals on discounted produce, we got mushrooms and okra really cheap. Also the CarbMaster yogart was 2 for $.88 I believe. Another deal.

We plan on making it to CostCo, Aldi, the Asian market and the local veggie stand in the next few days. I'll post more as we shop more.


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