I hate grocery shopping in San Francisco, so much so, that I’ve even written about why I hate it before. Don’t get me wrong, I like to shop, and I like to look at food, but here in the City, it’s not always a treat to get your weekly food and sustenance in busy little stores with terrible parking, then lug those bags up several flights of stairs. However, a few months ago, Dave and I discovered something that made our lives a lot easier, and we started ordering our groceries online via the Instacart delivery service. It’s been a great change for us to choose what we need to get each week from the comfort of our little apartment and have it all brought to our doorstep a few hours later. But today, I’m not going to solely talk about how we get our groceries, instead, I thought it would be fun to share what we buy.
Here’s a look at what we get …
This spread of groceries includes the contents of two huge bags, all of which was then shoved into our three-quarter-size fridge, freezer and small cabinets. And as I always do once everything was put away, I took a step back and admired the full fridge, because it doesn’t last long. Lots of food consumption going on over here, which you can learn all about in my “What I Ate Wednesday” posts.
Now, here’s a breakdown of what we get and when, and you’ll see I’ve even noted when I go for the organic choice, which isn’t for everything. Although I’d like to buy everything organic, it’s a little bit pricey to do so.
I know some people like to pop into the grocery store on a daily basis to get what they need for a meal, but not me. I like to plan ahead so I’ve always got enough to last for the week. And here are some more details on the whole grocery thing …
When do you get your groceries?
I usually order our groceries for delivery on Friday afternoon or Saturday morning from Safeway via the Instacart service (Safeway has become our supermarket of choice, although both Dave and I greatly miss Publix, which we loved shopping at in Florida). Then, we will usually stop by Trader Joe’s every other week on Sundays to pick up a couple of additional items, which are mostly Trader Joe’s exclusives. However, it’s always busy at TJ’s. Last Sunday, we waited in a line about 10 people deep just to pick up a few things.
How much is your weekly grocery bill?
Our weekly grocery shopping bill for two is usually around $165. While that may seem high, keep in mind that everything costs a little bit more in San Francisco, and some of our grocery items are marked up because we use a delivery service. But this also covers many of our meals for the week.
Do you make all of your food?
I make, prepare and eat almost all of my meals at home during the week, however Dave eats lunch out every single weekday and brings his breakfast with him. We try to eat dinner together at home Sunday through Thursday and almost always eat out on Friday and Saturday nights. Now that we’re into basketball season, Dave will be gone a lot more on the weeknights (he works for the Golden State Warriors), so I’ll be fending for myself and making more meals-for-one for dinner.
Do you share all of the groceries that you buy?
There are quite a few items on the weekly shopping list that are just for me or are just for Dave. For example, he wouldn’t touch cottage cheese with a ten-foot pole, and I don’t ever eat the garlic toast when we have pasta. Clearly, the regular peanut butter is for him, and the almond butter is for me. But mostly, we try to share food and meals as much as we can both stomach (see what I did there?), sometimes making concessions for each other. (If it were up to me, we’d use low-carb tortillas for our Sunday taco night, but Dave will have nothing of the sort, so corn or wheat it is.)
I’m pretty happy with our grocery system as it stands today. Sometimes we get into a little food rut and have to spruce up the dinner selections, but most of the time we’re all good.
Alright guys, I hope you enjoyed a little insight into my (our) food purchases. I’d love to hear more about how you do it in your home or apartment, so share away in the comments.
Les Mills Good Protein powder giveaway ends tonight
But one more thing: There’s something that is not on my grocery list above, but I always have on hand — protein powder. I was recently introduced to the best protein powder I’ve ever tasted, which is the brand new Les Mills Good Protein. Check out the review I wrote on the product and enter to win some to try out yourself before the contest closes at midnight.
Now, I’m heading off for the day. I’ve got a blogging event tonight and will be back in the morning with some “Friday Favorites.” Have a great Thursday!
Questions of the day
How often do you go grocery shopping? Do you use a list? What’s the best food item you’ve bought lately?