Most of us are creatures of habit, we develop our routines based on expectations and that’s fine. I have had a system in place for a while: seasonal produce from the stand or Farmers Market; staples from the local grocery store; milk from the drug store*; bread from Big Lots. It sounds complicated, but everything has their place on my usual weekly route or is on the way home for my husband.
My routine is to check the flyer for loss leaders and plan our menu around that and what is in season or in our freezer.
*Hormone free usually runs $.50 – $1.00 cheaper per gallon than the off-brand at the grocery store.
The problem with this system is when I forget to keep a close eye on the what each store is doing. Right now, I need to switch to the other drugstore who has kept their milk prices low while my current haunt has allowed theirs to creep closer to the grocery store level.
Are you a one stop shopper at your favorite grocery store or do you spread your purchases out across several venues?
Are you good about monitoring the prices or do you plan your menu around whatever sounds good?
Do you even plan a menu?