Not that there's been many ad prices to write home about, but I'm trying to execute a better "stock up and shop my pantry" plan for 2023. Supplemented with just essentials and whole ingredients, I think we can have a healthy and well balanced menu. I hope to at least maintain our previous budget, average of $475, grocery, health, beauty, and household. If I can skinny off 10% or more, all the better. It got me thinking, if enough people do this, will the economy be harmed? Can stores afford this?
I came to the conclusion that will never happen. People with busy lives, kids and careers to juggle, social lives, and elder care, are the majority and won't shop this way. Seeing the USDA average budgets tells me this. Personally on my end, if I buy loss leaders at a variety of places, but basics in my local store, I'll hopefully balance out my budget and supporting local stores. I also don't plan on making special runs, but like Saturday, stop on route from somewhere else.
There's some basics I want to keep on hand at all times:
- Dry beans
- Shelf stable milk and plant milk
- Ground flax
- Variety of spices, salt, pepper
- Baking soda and powder
- Oil- olive and vegetables
- Canned tomatoes
- Assorted pasta
- Assorted canned vegetables and fruit
|The bread didn't rise much, this was a salad|
plate. The bread didn't taste heavy though. These were the last of Christmas cornichons.