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A Little Guide to Grocery Shopping

17 Dec

I hope you all had a great weekend… I was off Thursday and Friday, and  spent my long weekend celebrating my man’s birthday! We saw The Hobbit in 3d/Imax (amazingggggg, you must go watch!) and then watched Alice in Wonderland and Avatar at home with our 3d tv (such an amazing buy!) We also ate way too many delicious foods and got to see all of our best friends… so life is good 🙂

I got a comment over the weekend about what kind of foods I keep in our pantry and how I keep things fresh for when I need them…. so I thought it would be fun today to talk about what I always keep around our house – things that make meals quick and easy. And obviously, budget friendly.


grocery list

1. Breadcrumbs

I use breadcrumbs allllll the time! Seriously. They pretty much never go bad, and they can spice up an otherwise boring chicken or shrimp dish in a flash. I like to soak my meat (thawed) of choice in one of the following: butter/garlic, salad dressing (bacon ranch is a favorite), mayonaise, or a 1/2 and 1/2 mixture of mayo and spicy mustard. Then you simply dip in breadcrumbs and bake! (MAKE your own)

2. Fresh Veggies

We always have veggies as a side or mixed up in a stir fry. I like to spend a little extra on the pre-cut ones you can find in the organic section because I keep them frozen and the packaging is perfect for that. I also buy a ton of the frozen bags, because they’re cheap and they’re an easy side dish. We eat a lot of frozen broccoli, and all I do is put 2 servings in a microwavable dish and top with butter and seasonings (like pepper, garlic powder, perfect pinch). I can’t tell the difference to be honest!

3. Frozen Shrimp

This one kind of goes with #6, but I always keep frozen shrimp (and frozen ground turkey) in our freezer for nights that we need a break from chicken. We only eat shrimp maybe one night a month, but the bags usually have zippers on them and they stay fresh for a long time. It’s nice to have things in the freezer that you can keep as options on a whim – so I always pick up a bag, even if shrimp isn’t on the menu for a while.

4. Cheese/Milk

Cheese. We always have cheese in our house. And milk. Need I say more?

5. Eggs

Eggs are a good thing to have. They’re great for breakfast or an addition to a stir fry, and most recipes call for them. So they’re nice to have on hand. Also, if you ever get a craving for something sweet, eggs and sugar are staples and you can usually whip something up with those ingredients and not much else!

6. Chicken

We eat chicken almost every week night for dinner. I always buy a frozen bag whenever I’m at the grocery, because we go through it so quickly. Ways to spice it up: bread it, bake it, boil and shred it (hello chicken salad!), or put it in your crock pot along with salsa and taco seasoning for the best tacos you’ll ever taste!

7. Rice/Pasta

Rice, but I’m also going to add pasta. We usually buy the 10 for $10 specials when it comes to these two things, because they never go bad and they make really easy meals. I use pasta for stir fry, casserols, or just plain with sauce. Rice is another stir fry alternative, and it’s a really filling side.

So as far as our pantry goes, these are 7 things that you will ALWAYS find in our house! Almost everything is either a non-perishable or kept frozen, so nothing ever goes to waste (wasting food is a huge pet peeve of mine). If you have questions about what you can freeze or how long things stay fresh in the freezer, HERE is a really good resource. Also, in the winter months, I make a lot of soups in our crock pot and freeze them in single portion containers. It really helps to save money, and it’s nice to keep options around!

What are some of your staples? Do you like to freeze foods, or do you tend to prefer buying your foods fresh? How do you save money at the grocery?