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I think stocking up on canned tomatoes when they’re on sale is a great idea. I will definitely use them, and they last for such a long time.
As for not buying what’s on sale and the produce thing… Make the most out of produce by buying what’s on sale (produce is outrageous- which should be a crime) then build your meal plans around your discounted veggies. I learned this when I subscribed to a veggie box delivery and I’d end up with all kinds of veggies I didn’t know what to do with. So I’d hop on pinterest, type in the veggie and pick a recipe I knew I could handle (or called for stuff I had) and the fam would like. It was a great way to use up produce and try new veggies.
The cookbook app, Paprika, I use syncs between my iPhone and iPad.
I use a cookbook app on my iPad that generates a grocery list. The night before my weekly grocery trip, I study my favorite natural food store’s ad and select recipes with ingredients that are on sale and that becomes my weekly menus. I arrange the meal plan, so it will use up the most perishable items first. I usually shop on Wednesday, which is senior discount day.
My husband has dyslexia and nixed my fancy print out grocery list that had a bunch of categories like meat and veggies. He said it was too hard to add things to, bc he had to scan the list and think about what category the food fell into. So back to our regular list on the fridge! If I think I might stop by the store soon I will take a photo of the fridge list. That way I have the list if I need it, but I won’t lose it if I don’t end up going.
It is a good idea to check the label on the shelf for the price per ounce (or other unit of measure), it is a better way of seeing if that sale price or larger item is really the best buy. Canned and frozen fruits and vegetables can be as healthy as fresh as they are processed faster.
I used to only use the To Market app on my phone – moving things to Need as I think of them. Biggest drawback was adding everything initially. When I shopped at only one store I could add aisle info to each item and arrange the list by aisle to quickly shop.
Lately I’ve been using Walmart’s online Grocery Pickup service (that’s now my nearest grocery store) for everything except meat, produce and the few things I know they have that don’t show up online. I keep it open on my laptop and add things as I think of them. I’ll finalize a list late at night and then checkout, arranging pickup time for when I’ll be in town the next day. It has cut my shopping time in half.
I still use the app on my phone for meat, produce and things I have to get at a different store. Since my memory is generally useless the app plus online service are lifesavers!
Very smart Cheryl! I’m going to try this too.