Since the kids are no longer in swimming lessons in Steinbach every week (when Olivia and I would get groceries while Marc and the big kids were at the pool), we’ve been trying to limit our shopping (and thus our driving) to Sundays after church, and then pick up the odd thing when we take Luke to preschool.
I had my lists ready to go when we headed out the door this past Sunday. Marc (who had gotten up at 6am to polish his sermon) was preaching so we were out the door at 9am sharp. After church we headed over to Jobina‘s place for a potluck lunch and visiting. They offered for Marc and I to go get our groceries while all the kids played together (which, just so you know, is really the kindest thing you can do for a person who lives in the country and who has little kids!), but we were having too much fun visiting. And by the time it was time to go, we were too tired to go shopping anyway.
On our way out of town Marc dropped me off at the Safeway a few blocks away from Mark and Jobina’s place and went through the Tim Horton’s drive-thru to get something for the road. When he came back 5 to 7 minutes later, there I was, waiting outside with enough groceries to get us through the week: bananas, grapes, milk, yogurt, bread, a box of cereal, and some vegetables: $27.
Pretty good, hey?
And to think, we had a big list of things we needed at Costco and another list of things from Walmart (we still have some Christmas gift certificates to use up there, so may as well use it on necessities). Now, it’s not like we don’t need those things. We do. I have NO flour in the house right now. (This will have to be remedied by Friday’s pizza/movie night.)
But. I wonder… how long can we go?
How long can we go without making a MAJOR grocery run. We’ve got enough stuff to make balanced meals. All we’ll need is to get a few more bananas and milk before the weekend. And then do we need to spend $150 on food when we finally get to Costco or Superstore?
Anyone else want to see how far they can spread their deep-freeze and pantry this month? Plan your meals based on what you have already, not plan your meals around what you’ll buy at the store?
I think I’ll give it a go another week. Besides. Just think of how many fewer calories I will consume if I don’t make a batch of cookies twice a week!