We plant a large garden each year. We have some things we grow each year (like tomatoes and peppers). Others I make lists, and decide what I really need to plan to put up for our family that year. When all the girls lived at home, we put up most of our food in quart jars, and would you two jars of spaghetti sauce at a dinner! Now there are three of us some nights. I'm canning some of the vegetables in jelly jars or pints, because we don't need a quart of something very often now.
When I shop for groceries, I have a list. The list has been in progress since the last time I left the store. My daughter works in a grocery store. We get a discount of 10% on the store brands every day. On holiday weeks, we get a discount of 20%. I try to stock up as much as I can, on the items we use, during the holiday sales. The rest of the time, I just buy what we need. I shop the outside of the store, purchasing the fresh foods and perishables. I start in produce. I always check first to see what has been marked down, and purchase it. I usually purchase all that they have that we can use. We will eat it first, and can or freeze the left overs. This past year I bought 30 bags of baby carrots marked down to .75 each. I canned them in pint jars, and we still have a few jars. GrandBoy loves carrots. I also buy mushrooms when I see them marked down. I can some to put over meats. But a lot I use to make and can cream of mushroom soup. We never buy the canned soup at the store. This soup is so good, I can eat it plain! Each year we can our own spaghetti sauce, pickles, relish, tomatoes, salsa, green beans, pintos, corn, peas, fruits, etc. I will share more about this later in the month.
We don't buy any paper products except toilet tissue and female products. I don't buy many cleaning supplies either. I make my own laundry detergent, fabric softener, wrinkle spray, and stain treatment. I do purchase dryer sheets, but I split them to make the last longer.
We buy tea bags, coffee, sugar, cornmeal, flour, and spices. We buy tortillas and sandwich bread. We buy mayonaise, mustard, and ketchup. I'm sure there are other things we buy, but not a lot.
I will talk about different areas of our food purchases later this month. Thanks for stopping by! Honey