I intended to get all our winter and spring supplies back in December, but didn’t. Then when I went to get them in January, the bulk food store was closed because someone had mistaken the gas pedal for the brake and had driven through their window. They closed for a month to renovate, and now I have reason enough to drive the two-hour trip. This will be the Big Shop.
I had bought groceries at the supermarkets – well, what else could I do? I was not impressed with prices, although I bought many things on sale and in discounted quantities. I spent too high a percentage of my yearly grocery budget in just two months. Now I want to buy enough that I won’t have to go to a store until after Easter/Pascha, when we will be eating meat and dairy again. My staples are intended to last into the summer months; I plan to buy enough for six months, barring the fresh food I will buy in late April.
I have some beans, pasta and rice left, some cocoa, and sugar. I have lots of flour because I bought it back in Ontario when it was about 70% off. It will last until fall, I think, when I hope to have a grain mill and the local grain crops are in.
This is my cache of flour and butter, in the freezer compartment. It is half white, half whole wheat. The butter was a Christmas gift from our son.
I keep some jars handy on the countertop – whole wheat flour, cake flour, coffee, rye flour, oatmeal, sugar, and tea. There is olive oil, butter, garlic and honey, too. All I have left for fresh food are eggs, potatoes, onions, apples and half a cabbage. I have two tiny pork chops in the freezer for Friday night; it’s lentil soup and apple pie until then.
This is the shopping list.
First, the big supermarket, for which I have budgetted $125:
Milk, cream, sour cream and cheese (to be used before Lent). Carrots, apples, cabbage, turnips, lemons, beets, celery, in weights ranging from about a pound up to ten pounds. Tomato products in jars, not cans (cans have a BPA lining). Coffee (if I don’t get it at the bulk food store). Dog food, dog biscuits, dog brush. Eggs. Antihistimines. White vinegar, borax, washing soda.
Bulk food store: I may spend anywhere from $75-$200 here depending on what they have and what it costs:
Brown sugar, molasses, both fancy and blackstrap, oatmeal, oat bran, barley, brown rice, whole grain pasta, dry milk, cornstarch or arrowroot, walnuts, almonds, raisins, currants, navy beans, black beans, split peas, lentils, chick peas, peanut butter, tahini, apple butter, teas, mint, parsley, fine sea salt, alum, saffron, vanilla bean, sage, oregano, cinnamon, soap, both personal and laundry. There is a special request for dark chocolate covered ginger, as well.
At the natural/herbal store, budget about $30:
Black cohosh capsules, lemon balm, yarrow, milk thistle, hawthorn, and catnip.
I will pick up a bottle each of red and white wine for cooking, medicinal use, and to aid the digestion.
I have toilet paper and feminine supplies enough; I will buy more toilet paper if it is on sale at the supermarket. We don’t use any other cleaners or paper products.
I’ll let you know how it goes.