I have not shopped for groceries for 3 months now. I do place a modest order with my food co-op each month for such things as wheat berries, oat groats, Sucanat or dried fruit, and of course we buy feed for our goats which provide us with milk, kefir and cheese. Plus, we have a garden and so much of what we eat this time of year we grow for ourselves.
I ordinarily shop once every 2 months, but things were a bit tight financially, so I put it off another month and it went fine. The nice thing about this is that I can more easily see the "holes" in my supplies, so when I do go shopping, I can stock up on the right things!
I reorganized my pantry this past week so I can more easily put away the jars I am currently filling from the vegetable garden. So far this year I've done bread and butter pickles, sweet gherkin pickles, sweet corn, green beans and tomatoes. I am hoping to do pears again this year and maybe some peaches and apples too if I find a good source of supply.
I buy things in bulk, and on sale, and simply keep what I need on hand, in the pantry and in the freezer. I have a dry erase board hung up by the freezer where I keep a current list of its contents. I also keep a list on it for the small kitchen freezer. It has been immensely helpful. I can just look at the list and see what needs to be used and don't forget until food gets wasted.
Instead of eating out of the grocery store, I eat out of our supplies. With fresh milk, fresh vegetables, the food co-op orders and keeping the stock up, I could go quite a long time without entering a food store. It's nice. It saves money and time, and when things get tight (which they inevitably do), I am prepared and at least I don't have to be concerned about what to feed us.
I highly recommend a food storage program for those of you who live in areas where it is legal to do so! Please feel free to ask me questions about this. I would be more than happy to try to help!
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