This grocery haul was done over Summer break. I have 2 boys who were home. Those boys eat…a lot! So, grocery shopping tends to give me sticker shock during that time of year.
I thought it would be interesting to share with you guys what we typically buy to feed our family of 4 because, although this was done awhile ago, we are pretty regular with what we buy. We generally go to Sam’s Club and either Ingles or Publix. Over the years, we have streamlined our grocery shopping and we know exactly what we will use in bulk (and can get from Sam’s Club), and what we need to get from the grocery store. WARNING: streamlined does NOT equal cheap…much to my dismay.
Also, I should mention that I am gluten, corn, and dairy free, but the rest of the fam is not.
We eat a LOT of produce…mostly fruit. The majority of our fruit is purchased in bulk at Sam’s Club. We tend to buy strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cherries (whatever berries are in season really), bananas, pineapple (on occasion) and peaches (when in season). This trip we also got some cherry/plum hybrid that were really tasty, but super tiny.
As for veggies, we tend to buy these at our local grocery store for freshness and local products when possible. We were making our homemade marinara this week, so we stocked up on celery, basil and carrots. I grabbed salad items too, since I do eat a lot of those – red leaf lettuce and avocado this time. We picked up lemons, potatoes, brussels sprouts, cole slaw mix, and some ruby red grapefruits. And, I know it’s not technically produce, but we always get Orange Juice in bulk at Sam’s Club.
We do eat meat and seafood. This particular week we got some Halibut for gluten/dairy free fish and chips (which were amazing BTW, if you want the recipe let me know), bacon, organic ground beef, frozen chicken breasts, Boar’s Head deli meat and pork tenderloin. We don’t eat a lot of red meat, but I like to have ground beef on hand for things like chili, burgers, and meat sauce for pasta.
Some other staples are sliced cheese for lunches, organic free range eggs (these come from Sam’s Club and are a great deal), 2% organic milk and almond milk. The coconut milk creamer I sometimes use as a dairy free replacement for cream in recipes. I don’t generally have this on hand. The frozen breakfast sandwiches are also not something we always buy – sometimes we make our own and keep in the freezer – sometimes we are lazy…Oh and the sneaky Kombucha was an impulse buy to try a new brand.
Here are some pantry items we keep stocked up on and some things we were talked into buying (I’m looking at you Cosmic Brownies). We ALWAYS have paste on hand – regular and gluten free – this time we bought the mutli-pack from Sam’s since it is such a good buy, rice noodles for stir fry, and gluten free brown rice pasta. I got some lentils this time for a salad recipe I wanted to try – it was ok. The coconut sugar I use for baking or tea in the mornings. I do use other sugars too, but needed to stock up on this one this time.
We always have raw apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, some sort of stir fry sauce (this time gluten free orange sauce), maple syrup, olive oil (bulk from Sam’s), raw honey (also from Sam’s), and cans of green beans (they’re just so easy). I also picked up some tuna fish for my lunches, Amy’s Organic Lentil soup also for my lunches, and some peanut oil for the aforementioned fish and chips. I think there is also some salsa hidden in there somewhere…I like it with eggs or grain and gluten free tortilla chips.
A few last random items this time were rice sides (not gluten free), Pringles for the kids to snack on, raw pumpkin and sunflower seeds for sprinkling on salads, and bread (bulk from Sam’s – another item we almost exclusively purchase in bulk and keep in the freezer).
We needed tissues and antibacterial wipes this trip, so we picked up from Sam’s Club. We only need to purchase these items once ever 3 or 4 months, so it just makes sense for us to buy in bulk. The frozen chicken breast tenderloins are good to have on hand when the kids don’t want to eat what Patrick and I are having for dinner. They are good quality and they last a long time in the freezer.
So that’s pretty much it. Nothing too exciting. Our trips vary slightly from season to season, but this is a pretty good idea of what we are buying each time we go to the store. Although some of these bulk items will last us a good long while, the perishable items are most often gone in a week or less…the perils of having 3 boys (an 8 year old, 14 year old, and 47 year old) in the house.
How do you feed your family? What are the staples you keep on hand? Would you guys like to see what would be some typical meals we do in our house for a family of 4?
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