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bloodrose wrote (edited )

My prices are based on a fairly expensive place to live (San Francisco Bay Area) but I don't know where you live so I don't know what prices are where you are.

But I'm also a pretty savvy shopper. I find Asian grocery stores are the cheapest produce and stores like grocery outlet are cheaper for dry goods. I shop at many, many stores.


elyersio OP wrote


  • shop at only two stores

  • am just learning how to shop

  • have to be driven by my caseworker if I want to go shopping, and probably can't use his kind services to just go exploring shops

  • we also have an aide who goes shopping for us, who bought me a bottle of house italian dressing (which has milk) from a store which also had plenty of bottles of normal italian dressing (which has no milk).


bloodrose wrote

Rice, beans and other dry goods will still be cheap. Your fresh vegetable prices may be higher if you're in a standard Safeway-type grocery store. You may need to get frozen or canned veggies. But a lot of the ideas in this thread are really cheap. :)


OldHippieChick wrote (edited )

It's very old school, but Frankie Lappe's Diet for a Small Planet has some good info on shopping. The Farm cookbook is also very good for low budget and relatively easy. iirc, it doesn't assume a lot of experience--at the time it was written, a lot of adult men were starting with absolute zero experience after being shooed out of the kitchen for their entire childhoods. The writing isn't condescending, it just doesn't assume you already know a lot of complicated techniques.

I've got kids like that aide and my own set of mobility problems. What has worked best for me is to give them very specific instructions such as, "A bottle of Annie's brand Shiitake and Sesame flavoured salad dressing which is on the top shelf on the right hand side of Aisle 7", or if it was something very important like three bags of flour that had to get me through for a month while all the adult kids were out of town, I'd SMS a picture of the empty package while the kid was at the store.

Only two stores can definitely simplify things as far as keeping track of prices. I'll channel some Amy Dacyzyn (Tightwad Gazette) and veganized Jill Bond (Dinner's in the Freezer) for you when I get a chance. Can you access the stores' webpages or do you have a subscription to a newspaper that has the weekly ads, coupons, sales, etc.?

Great question to get people talking and brainstorming, btw.