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Who else shops every day?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created May 26, 2012 at 12:47 PM

I know it can be inconvenient if you have kids and a full time job but I've gotten into the routine of food shopping every day

I go to the loose fruit and veg section of the supermarket and pick out a nice selection for the day depending how I feel and then maybe buy some red meat, prawns and eggs etc

Benefits are the food is fresher, you can get a nice random selection every day, picking the freshest looking fruit and veg etc, and I think it actually deters me from straying

I spend about ??9 a day for myself which isn't too bad I don't think

Does anyone else do it this way? or are you all about the weekly shop?

707342e3cb97e0fc088917919a154b8a

(1657)

on May 26, 2012
at 07:28 PM

The farms I order from are nowhere near me, the closest one is 300 miles away (even with shipping, it's worth it!)-- I found the farms on eatwild.com, it took a little while to find the best prices (and quality) but it was research that paid off in a big way. I split shipping with some like minded friends and that also keeps the costs reasonable-- hope that helps!

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on May 26, 2012
at 04:53 PM

Wow! I am impressed! What state do you live in? Do they have a lot of grassfed farms nearby?

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707342e3cb97e0fc088917919a154b8a

on May 26, 2012
at 01:19 PM

I'm the opposite, I almost NEVER shop and I have a family of five to feed-- I order all of my meats, pork and poultry from farms (and I pay close to conventional prices for grassfed/pastured since I buy in bulk!) and have it all stored in my freezer and I get a weekly share of organic fruits/veg from a buying club, I pick it up once a week.

I might run to the store once a week or every other week to pick up some fresh fish or seafood plus any additional fruits/veg that weren't in this week's share-- or ones that the kids tend to annihilate quickly such as apples-- and that's it.

I used to shop almost daily and I do love and miss interacting with the butcher, the fishmonger, the produce store, etc but with a full time job and 3 kids, plus no longer living in a city where those stores are around the corner but a good drive away, my 'new' way works better from a time and a financial perspective.

707342e3cb97e0fc088917919a154b8a

(1657)

on May 26, 2012
at 07:28 PM

The farms I order from are nowhere near me, the closest one is 300 miles away (even with shipping, it's worth it!)-- I found the farms on eatwild.com, it took a little while to find the best prices (and quality) but it was research that paid off in a big way. I split shipping with some like minded friends and that also keeps the costs reasonable-- hope that helps!

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on May 26, 2012
at 04:53 PM

Wow! I am impressed! What state do you live in? Do they have a lot of grassfed farms nearby?

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1e36119906da54831601a7c23674f581

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on May 27, 2012
at 01:43 AM

I do and I love it! I fast every day 16+ hours then go shopping for my nightly feast.. Fruits, meats, butter, veggies, etc.. And spend a few hours cooking and eating usually, browsing the nets.. I love fasting and feel like it has given me complete control over what food I choose. I idealize my feasts during the day and then make them come true once I arrive at the supermarket. It's exciting to be in such a state of hunger (though fasting is easy..) and then see what is available. I don't think I have ever enjoyed so much fresh, real food before in my life. I thought paleo was good before but fasting changed things entirely for me. The anticipation then satiation is where it's at. Plus the idea of "cheating" and snacking is gone too.. I simply don't eat during the day. At work today I chopped over 10-12 cases of fruit (pineapple, berries, melons) and touched not a single one! Literally ate nothing, then feasted into the night once 7 PM arrived..

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65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

(3049)

on May 26, 2012
at 02:55 PM

I stop by the market almost daily... It's on my walk home from work, so it isn't an inconvenience. I buy a quarter cow every few months which goes in the freezer, but produce is something I prefer to pick up daily. I enjoy seeing what is freshest and in season, and I always shop with a plan in mind ("tonight we are having seafood, what is available for fish?" or "I want to use my bone broth as a soup base for pho tonight, the beef is already at home, what am I missing?" or "I have a crackpot full of stewed meat, what salad will complement it? It definitely keeps things varied and interesting.

Most dinners include a salad and meat preparation, but the salad will vary depending o n what is available. The same goes for fruit, which I usually take to work with hard boiled eggs, home made beef or salmon jerky, sometimes leftover salad.

I avoid restaurants, and keep pickles, kombucha in the work fridge, my desk has a line up of coconut oil, cinnamon, sea salt, apple cider vinegar and pepper- often I take my lunch while working, so having these things available is key.

This would probably be harder for families with children to manage, but it works for the boyfriend an I. I usually spend $8-$12 per visit, but buying fresh meats will bump this over $30. This is for 2 people. I think ??9 is quite reasonable for one person for a day - especially if you look at what it would cost to go out for 3 equal quality meals.

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on May 26, 2012
at 10:27 PM

I do. Almost every damn day. My roommates are comparing me to a senior citizen regularly.

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on May 26, 2012
at 03:58 PM

My entire goal this year was to stop going to the store as much as possible. We get a side of beef every six months or so from the farm down the road, our fruits, vegetables and eggs are either delivered via CSA box or from the backyard garden, and we go fishing for ourselves frequently. All other fresh items (like dairy, chicken, honey) we try to get at the farmer's market. I've also been learning how to ferment and preserve food, so I'm hoping to build up my pantry this summer for the winter. I'm very inspired by my farm-wife ancestors who managed to feed large families using only the goods they were able to raise and preserve themselves supplemented by twice yearly trips into town.

I now make it to the store maybe once or twice a month to pick up things like coconut oil, spices, nuts, or an emergency recipe item. It's definitely been an adjustment to learn how to work with what I have on hand instead of constantly running out whenever I thought I needed something, but you get pretty creative.

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on May 26, 2012
at 01:50 PM

I go twice weekly, once during the week to stock up on odds and ends and chicken, pork; weekends there is a fresh fruit/veggie/seafood open market by our apartment.

I try to leave the fresh stuff out of the refrigerator as long as possible, but the food is so ripe it has to be eaten quickly or refrigerated to gain a few more days from it. We try not to over buy but we often throw out more than I'd like to admit, goes to rot easily. I have a large refrigerator but a tiny freezer and no space for another one unfortunately. Frozen from fresh veggies are always too mushy for my tastes.

My frigerator is full of laco-fermented 'stuff' trying to use up things rather than toss, but we're not eating alot of that either!!

I'm not currently working but I still wouldn't find the time to shop daily...plus I'd probably buy compulsively/overshop if I tried!!

its a nice idea though!!

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on May 26, 2012
at 01:13 PM

I'll do a weekly shop for the "big things" like meat and eggs, and lately have been going every day for salad greens for lunch. I live in the states and have to drive to all my stores, so it can be a pain. I usually do that on my way to work or on a lunch break while at work.

When I'm in the UK, I find it easier to shop more often as everything is closer, and my boyfriend has one of the mini-fridges only (as opposed to the full-sized ones we have here), that frequent shopping is almost a requirement.

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