Well. Where to start?
First, let me describe my first grocery shopping trip after the experiment was complete.
I felt lost. I felt like someone was taking my money. I didn't WANT to buy anything else except my usual four items of lettuce, milk, apples, and bananas!
I have proven to myself that I can pull many a meal out of a hat (aka as the pantry). I've gotten over my fear of defrosting the scary freezer offering and actually cooking them.
From what I've learned, I think that this is how I will approach things now:
- I WILL buy loss leaders.
- I will NOT buy too MUCH of the loss leaders. I have a price book and already know when something is a good deal. I do not, however, have to buy enough to feed the people in all 11 houses on my street. For a month.
- I will always shop in my pantry areas FIRST as I make my menu plans.
- I will not turn up my nose at the frozen items. They are my friends.
- I will make enough food during the week to provide two days of leftovers on the weekend.
- I will never by tomato puree again.
- Fresh vegetables are nice, but they can sometimes hide in the frig and die. I always feel bad when that happens. So, I will buy fresh veggies sparingly and stock up on frozen when on sale.
- I will make more homemade pasta.
- I will separate bacon into packages of six slices each and freeze them. If I fry a whole pound of bacon, I will taste half of the pound before it gets to the breakfast table.
- I will experiment with doubling the GOOD recipes and freezing them in meal-sized portions.
That is all. Unless I think of something else.