Sundays are a great day to plan for the upcoming week. 99% of the time, I use this day of the week to prep, arrange, shop, clean and just mentally prepare myself for the week ahead. Grocery shopping is always high on my list and while I usually spend some time browsing the Sunday paper for coupons and store circulars over breakfast, I always have my “staple” items that are purchased every week.
▪ Spinach/Salad Greens
▪ Vegetables > right now it’s whatever is in season or local or what I can’t get from my garden
▪ Almond Milk
▪ Cottage Cheese
▪ Coconut Milk Coffee Creamer
▪ Tazo Green Mint Tea > love having a few bottles of this on hand
▪ Seafood > I always purchase one form of seafood for a dinner in the week. It’s always wild caught or organic.
So those are my weekly essentials that I buy on rotation almost every trip. I do my Sunday shopping at Wegman’s for many reasons. One, I love their selection of local and organic produce. Two, their natural food selection is the most impressive out of all of our local stores and I can usually find most of the items I need here at a good price. And three, I’m comfortable with the layout, I know where everything is at, and I can usually get in and out in a reasonable time.
Although I go grocery shopping every week, I also do a monthly or bi-monthly trip to BJ’s where I stock up on the things we consume in bulk.
These items I know we will go through and most of them will keep longer than a week so I know I’m getting a good deal.
These items usually include:
▪ Sweet Potatoes > these keep for a month or so
▪ Organic Applegate Farms turkey lunch meat > a great price when you buy in bulk and we can eat this fast enough
▪ Feta Cheese > We go through this frequently
▪ Grapefruit > I eat grapefruit almost everyday and it suits me to buy it in bulk
▪ Cereal > I always buy cereal in bulk
▪ Chicken > Organic frozen chicken breast are much cheaper at BJ’s than fresh in the store
▪ Toilet Paper, Paper Towels
▪ K-Cups for coffee
▪ Quinoa > a 2 lb bag is less than 5 bucks
▪ Big containers of Chobani > I usually have a Plain 0% and Vanilla on hand
And these are my grocery staples and what you’ll usually find in my kitchen at all times. I have found the key is to always have a plan and know the things you eat on an everyday basis. When one of these items goes on sale, try to stock up so you take advantage of the best deal. The only downfall here is to keep in mind of perishables. Make sure you can eat it all before it goes bad or else that just counteracts the point of the sale.