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Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 1/11/2011 1:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Tuesday Koffee Klatch
     If you are new to this forum family then you may be wondering what kind of goofy question is that on a health care forum. idea   We all suffer with medical conditions and with most of us there is pain involved...sometimes a lot of pain. Or maybe you are the loved one of one of these persons. This forum is all about how we help and support each other, how we gain back more quality to our lives, and how we can learn and share what we gain along the way and hopefully make not only our lives better but the lives of others who come to join us.

      But we need to also remember that there is the other side of life...the side that isn't concentrated on illness and pain. That's why we started the daily Koffee Klatch. This is a time to laugh, reminisce, chit-chat about the silly things in our lives...all fun things and no pain. In fact the 'P' word is not allowed...  turn    So each day we share our thoughts or experiences on a different topic. Often it includes food, sometimes we talk about our past, and other times we just get goofy! Laughter is our goal. So, please join us whether this is your very first day on Healing Well or you're a seasoned veteran.
Daily Question:
How do you get your grocery shopping done?
Once a week? Once a month? Bulk or semi-bulk (family size)?

TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood

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Monty's Mom
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   Posted 1/11/2011 8:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Being the queen of frugality among my friends, and feeding two pre-teen boys and 1 very hungry man, I had to answer this one Dani! We do our grocery shopping every 2 weeks, with a short run weekly for fruits, vegetables, bread, and milk, plus any paper products we may run out of. I buy everything on a cycle system. Our local grocery stores are full of sales and I cut coupons only on the things we use, so we are not tempted to buy something we don't need or like because it is cheaper. I plan our meals out based on the sales, and we use many generics. After watching How It's Made, I saw Dole vegetables being canned at the same factory as Weis Market vegetables, just with different labels! It is the same with every generic, and they are at times 50% cheaper than name brand. I buy our meats in bulk when they are on sale and freeze them. I buy turkey after Thanksgiving, and ham after Easter. I also never buy pancake, waflle, muffin mixes, or biscuits. I make my own. My fiance though has a stash for the bad days, because he has gotten spoiled. When we break down our budget, for 4 people ( 3 men), 5 cats, 3 dogs, and 2 tropical fish, we spend $110 a week on groceries, cleaning supplies, and animal food and treats.

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   Posted 1/11/2011 10:09 AM (GMT -6)   
I do our grocery shopping 2-3 times a week. My back just can't handle large shopping trips. More than 20-30 minutes of walking around the store and my back starts to seize and threatens to take my legs out from under me. Then of course the more you buy at one time the more you have to carry in and put away when you get home.
2 confirmed herniated lumbar discs. Spinal Arthritis. Spinal Stenosis, diabetic peripheral nueropathy.

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   Posted 1/11/2011 2:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I generally shop two to three times a week. I wait until the weekend to get most of the things we need. That way hubby is with me after church and he can help me w/the cart and the groceries. I used to buy bulk items, but I can't do that anymore...too heavy! I do check the sales and freeze meat when it is on sale for a good price. I bought chocolate chips for 1.79 a bag a week after Christmas. My cupboard is full! LOL
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Prednisone, Lexapro, Cardizem, Lisinopril, Advair, Lipitor, Vit D, Joint Supplements, Soma, Tramadol, Fish Oil Supplements
I take one day at a time, and try to save my energy for the joy in life.

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   Posted 1/11/2011 5:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I share a house with my elderly parents and niece. I give my parents money to go buy up the food for the month. I then go on small runs as needed for the rest.
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