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What does the term, “grocery shopping” bring to mind?
I’ll admit, I’ve found myself less than enthused by the prospect of needing to restock the pantry and fridge. Been there? Does grocery shopping feel like a chore you to?
Let me share a true tale with you that may change your mindset and approach to grocery shopping. Most of my husband’s family lives in Venezuela, South America. Although Venezuela is brimming with natural resources, lately it’s had a bit of trouble keeping food (and medicine) on the store shelves (in the pharmacies and hospitals).
It’s a long story.
Anyway, our immediate family members recently found themselves crossing the national border by foot into Colombia to purchase groceries to carry back to Venezuela. I’m glossing over a lot of details, but suffice it to say, it took about 12 hours, the participation of 4 family members, and a trip to the next country just to buy food for the week.
I will no longer be complaining about our many methods of obtaining dinner ingredients in the US of A!
If you live in the United States, and depending on how your personal preferences and schedule, there are several options to choose from:
Go to the store!
Some people love the experience of walking through the aisles to select their groceries. You may choose to visit a combination of stores from Aldi to Kroger to Whole Foods. Some grocery stores have a wonderful selection of healthy, ready-made food, such as sushi bars, olive bars, salad bars, and rotisserie chicken. You may choose to go the extra mile to coordinate traditional coupons, digital coupons and sales!
Try a savings club, such as Sam’s or CostCo.
Sometimes, buying in bulk and sub-dividing the portions to store it can save time and money. If you’re truly grocery shopping, don’t get distracted by the non-food items.
Order your non-perishables and paper products from on online stores, such as Walmart.com or Amazon.com.
Orders of at least $50 get free shipping on Walmart.com! It’s very convenient to have large items like paper towels and toilet paper, or heavy items like jars of pasta sauce, delivered to your front door, just like that!
Use Kroger’s Click-List or a similar service at your favorite grocery store.
If you’re not familiar with it, Kroger’s Click-List allows you to create a shopping list online, selecting exact quantities and brands of your items. You can see what’s on sale, and you can link to your Kroger shopping card to automatically scan your digital coupons. Then you select your desired pick up date and time. When you pull up at the pick-up station next to the store, your personal shopper will come out and load all your groceries into your trunk and review your order with you in the case of any substitutions. When you sign up for the first time, you’ll get your first three orders processed completely free. After that, it’s only $5.00 and completely worth it in my opinion!
Order from a mail-order food outlet, such as ZayconFresh.com.
You can order large quantities of meat, chicken and seafood that when properly stored, can stock your freezer for months!
Shop at a farmer’s market!
Kids love the farmer’s market. You can’t get any fresher produce and you’re supporting local businesses.
Join a produce co-op.
This is a great way to support local sustainable farmers in your area!
Subscribe to a delivery service such at Blue Apron.
Each week, Blue Apron will deliver fresh ingredients to your door, with step-by-step recipe instructions for you to use to cook your meals at home. I haven’t tried this service yet, but if you have, please leave a comment below!
I use a variety of grocery shopping methods, depending on how my week’s going. One thing is constant: When I put away our groceries in the pantry, fridge and freezer, I am ALWAYS conscious of the fact that not everyone has this luxury and that our Venezuelan family struggles every day to be food- and medicine-secure.
If you are interested in learning more about the humanitarian crisis occurring in Venezuela, please take a few minutes to watch this video!
“And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” Hebrews 13:16
Gracia y paz,
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