A Master Shopping List

How do you shop? Do you wing it? Do you make a list each time you go to the store?

Since I try to shop from my pantry and restock the shelves, I shop with a list. I have even made master shopping lists for each store that I frequent. And these lists are set up by store lay out. I know how geeky. But I am able to get into the stores, shop and check out rather quickly. Most of my time is spent waiting to check out.

Oh the looks I get when I am doing a major restocking trip and have 2, 3 or even 4 carts that are full. I try to go on off hours for these types of trips, it can take an hour or more to check out and going on a busy weekend morning tends to make the store managers cranky. I like to stay on their good sides. I often will have them waive the sales limit requirement for me. Of course it helps when you get Christmas cards from the managers because you are on a first name basis with them.

Right now, I need to recreate my lists; one store where I used to shop has closed. We also now have a Wegman’s. I have had many people tell me that they have good prices on the basics. I am placing that on my To Do list for Thursday since today’s list is already full.

Why don’t you join me and start a master list. Overall you will have a better shopping experience.

Pax Christi,

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

Making the menu plan

I finally sat down and made the menu plan for the week. Everything listed here is from my pantry so I do not have to rush out to the store to buy anything for this week.  I will save this menu and in a month or two pull it out.  That way I will build up a stockpile of menus and I won’t have to reinvent the wheel.  I am going to build up at least a year’s worth of menus. So that I can have a seasonal menus based on the local in-season foods.

Here is the menu for the week.

Garlic Rolls

Crock Pot Pork Roast
Seasoned Rice

Fish Sticks
Macaroni and Cheese

Thursday (Boy Scout Night)

Homemade Pizzas

Taco Bar

Roast Chicken
Green Beans

Monday — Cereal
Tuesday — Waffles
Wednesday — Dutch Baby
Thursdays — Muffins
Friday — Cereal
Saturday — Breakfast Casserole
Sunday — Cereal


Have you inventoried your pantry yet and figured out a meal plan?

Pax Christi,

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

Change of Plans and a Challenge

DH had to retire from the fire department, his 30 plus years of saving lives and property caught up with his body. The doctor decided that it had enough and needed to stop being punished, so as of August 1st he was retired.

Now we had a “plan” that involved him working for another at least 5 years. In that time all the consumer debt would be paid off, the van would be paid off and we would have about a year’s worth of food in the pantry. Well you all know what they say about plans.

The good news is that all of the consumer debt is paid off. The next step is to pay off the van. If we get a decent income tax refund, that should be take care of the remaining loan balance.  If not it will still be paid off with a year or so.

Unfortunately, the pantry isn’t as well stocked as I would like, even if he were still working full-time. I like to have about 3 months worth of food in the freezer and on the pantry shelves. The shopping that was done over the past couple of months was to fill in the gaps, with very little planning and stocking being done.

It is time for me to get back on the stocking and menu planning band wagon. I need to get the pantry restocked and back to my comfort level. My plan this week is to figure out what I have and what needs to be purchased to start to accomplish these goals.

Here is my challenge to you. Inventory your pantry and freezer. See how many meals you can come up with for your family. Think three meals a day, and maybe a snack. Include drinks too.

Would you be able to survive a week without a run to the store? Would you be able to survive two weeks? If you do not have a week’s worth of meals, then make a plan and start stocking your pantry. Once you have a week, move on to two.

Having food in the pantry is a blessing to you and your family.

Pax Christi,
A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

Another Survival Tip — A Great To Do List

I have another great survival tip. Having a “to do list” that you will use. For me finding one that I could work with was a God-send. My “to do list” is made up of three columns: To Do, To Go, and To Call. 

Each night I pull out a blank copy of my list.  This is my To Do List.  On this list, I write down everything that needs to be done for the day, every place I have to go and every person I have to call.  I even put down the phone numbers and little note why I am making the call.  The list and my calendar go with me on my errands, if I have any for the day.  If I wind up waiting somewhere, I have the phone numbers and can make calls and save some time later in the day. 

I should note that the items on the To Do part of the list are things that are not part of my normal routine. I do have a household management binder that lists everything out that is done on a daily, weekly and seasonal level.

I also have learned not to sweat it if everything does not get completed in the day.  It has taken me a long time to get to this point, Type A personality that I am.  Over time, I slowly realized that unless it was matter of safety, items can wait until I have time to get to them.  Most of the items are taken care of within a week. I just place the unfinished items on the first lines of tomorrow’s list and they will usually get done the next day.

I also limit myself to number of boxes on the sheet for each day.  That means 12 To Do, 12 To Go and 12 To Call.  Let’s face it, if you are trying to accomplish more than 36 items above and beyond the normal routine, items won’t get done.

I hope this list will bless you as it has blessed me.

Pax Christi,

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome