I’ve been getting asked to post about how I grocery shop for like two years now. Y’all. It’s hard to type up for some reason. But Ima try....because I like y’all, kind of.
This is going to be a general overview until I can take more time out to write out individual sections of the store, and particular types of product. So please, bare with me. This truly hurts my brain.
Shopping aside, you need to have your staple items. Or, as I like to call it, “the shxt you need to ALWAYS have in your house in the event of a storm, you broke, or the zombie apocalypse happens.” Or as my Grandma says, “yo packages.” For me, this will include some refrigerated and freezer items but also dry and pantry goods.
Below is a very basic list:
Dry and Pantry goods:
Canned vegetables (green beans, corn, tomatoes, etc)
Stock, broth, or bouillon cubes
Salt, pepper, other seasonings if you want
Oil-(vegetable or canola and olive at minimum)
Condiments that you like
Some sort of fresh vegetable
Some sort of fresh fruit
Some sort of meat-cold cuts, sausage, etc
Some sort of smoked meat (freezer)-turkey, pork, whatever
Some sort of frozen vegetable
This is stuff I ALWAYS have. BEFORE I run out, I make sure I go get more or at minimum, I keep a running list on a small whiteboard on my fridge. Just with this list alone, you can make beaucoup, hella, a buncha meals depending on how you combine them. Also, take a look over this list. The majority of this stuff is found in the front and sides of any store. This isn’t a coincidence. This is the stuff you NEED. Your filler items are all usually on the inside rows of the aisles.
If we being real, I usually also have a good bit of various types of meats and fish always in my freezer, and fresh herbs in my fridge as well. BUT DAS ME DOE.
Okay, now let’s go to writing a grocery list. I don’t write my lists based solely on how much or how little I want to spend; my grocery lists are strictly based on what I need. I also am VERY particular about how I write my lists; they are all written by section.
For shoppers wanting to make a difference in their trips, I’d say think about these things BEFORE YOU GO:
So for a short example, my list might look like this:
-blah blah blah etc etc etc
-etc etc etc
-bloop bloop bloop
-2 packs chicken (breasts, thighs)
-beef (ground, steaks, etc)
Turkey (smoked, necks, wings)
Seafood (2 fish, shrimp, etc)
-Maters (stewed, diced, paste)
Etc etc etc etc etc etc
Y’all get the drift. This is what saves me time, and money. Speaking of money, not only does your list help...but...TAKE..YOUR....TIME.....People HATE going shopping with me because I’m “indecisive” (HARD EYE ROLL), when really I’m looking at prices, I’m looking at quality, and I’m really tryna decide if I NEED it at the moment. Something else to consider while shopping, buying extras. I buy an extra few canned goods or an extra pack of meat or two, especially if things are on sale and freeze em, or put em in the pantry. STOCK YOURSELF UP. This helps out so much in the long run! I also try to make it a thing to buy ONE thing you’ve never tried before. Expand your palate. Expand ya chern palate. Expand your family’s palate. It’ll open you up to a new world, literally.
SHOP LOCAL YALL. I’ll do a post on farmers markets, meat markets, local butchers, and produce markets. Save money, support local businesses, and eat GOOD SHXT.
Now, don’t get me wrong. This ain no fool proof way to grocery shop. I enjoy grocery shopping. I’d actually happily buy food for people. I don’t mind spending money on food. You have to do what works best for you/your family. But to me, this is a good place to start. I have to shop soon so I’ll be sure to try to take pictures, maybe aisle by aisle.
What do y’all think? What questions do you have? What would y’all specifically like to see in the upcoming posts? Want me to make lists for you every week/biweekly/month? For a small fee, I’ll do it! Maybe I’ll give you custom recipes...Slightly larger fee I’ll even plan out your meals for you, but you gotta cook em. Cuz....obviously, I can’t.
Stay Mixxy Y’all Boy.