What are your grocery staples?

June 11, 2013 by
Filed under: Coupons, Grocery 

GroceryCart1About two years ago I polled readers, friends, & relatives on items they regularly bought at the grocery store.

I then whittled my list down to about three dozen different items which included everything from:

  • milk
  • eggs
  • butter
  • peanut butter
  • ketchup
  • loaves of bread (white and whole grain)
  • soda
  • I also included all sorts of  popular “dead animal”  choices like
      • boneless skinless chicken breast
      • pork chops
      • ground beef, chuck or round, etc.

Based upon their answers, I shopped all the major grocery stores in our area to find out who had the best regular prices.  (You can see those results here).  Because let’s face it, shopping the sales isn’t enough these days.  It’s what you put in your cart that isn’t on sale that can make a big difference, too!

A lot can happen in two years.  For one thing, my family has completely changed our shopping strategies.  Target now carries groceries.  Olsen’s Piggly Wiggly now doubles coupons and has increased the size of their store.  We’ll be getting a Costco in the fall.

I was thinking about doing the research again to see if there was any differences.  Is that 2011 informal study still relevant?

So I’m asking you:  what are your grocery must-haves?  Help me decide which items need to be on the list!

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5 Comments on What are your grocery staples?

  1. stephanie on Tue, 11th Jun 2013 7:45 am
  2. Bisquick

  3. Sarah on Tue, 11th Jun 2013 8:31 am
  4. ground beef
    chicken breasts

  5. Joy on Tue, 11th Jun 2013 10:22 am
  6. Throughout 2 months, the grocery shopping includes these items:
    Note: Some of the produce is seasonal.

    1% Milk
    Arnold/Brownberry 100% Whole Wheat Bread
    Blueberry Bagels/Plain Bagels/Everything Bagels
    Skippy Peanut Butter
    Welch’s Grape Jam
    Western Dressing
    Kraft Honey Mustard
    Sliced Pickles (round)
    Milwaukee’s Pickles (Midgets and Regular)
    Lea & Perrins Worchestire Sauce
    Black Olives
    Texas Toast or Reese Croutons
    Sunflower Seeds
    Green/Red/Yellow/Orange Peppers
    Roma Tomatoes/Grape Tomatoes
    Baby Carrots
    Regular Carrots
    Berries(Straw, Blue, Rasp, Black)
    Grapes (Red & Green)
    Block Cheese (Mild Cheddar, Sharp Cheddar, Mozzarella)
    Shredded Cheese (Mild Cheddar, Sharp Cheddar, CoJack, Mozzarella, Pizza Blend, Mexican Blend)
    Sliced Cheese (Swiss, Provolone)
    Lunchmeat (Oven Roasted Turkey, Honey Ham)
    Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
    Ground Chuck
    Canned Black Beans
    Vegetarian Style Refried Beans
    Salsa (Wholly or Pace)
    Guacamole (Wholly)
    Sour Cream
    Cream Cheese
    Vanilla Yogurt
    Simply Orange Juice or Trop50 Orange Juice
    Rotini Pasta
    Elbow Pasta
    Thin Spaghetti
    Ragu Pasta Sauce
    Barilla Greek & Black Olive Sauce
    Diced Tomatoes
    Tomato Sauce
    Tomato Paste
    Chicken & Stars Soup
    Lipton Pure Leaf Raspberry Tea
    Crystal Light Peach Tea
    Pom Wonderful
    Canned Pumpkin
    Chocolate Chips (large Eileen’s bag)
    Dark Chocolate cake mix
    Yellow Chocolate cake mix
    Pillsbury Creamy Supreme Dark Chocolate frosting
    Brown Sugar
    Powered Sugar
    Real Maple Syrup

    Let me know if want the spices we keep stocked as well. Those are less frequent purchases since we buy them in bulk sizes.

  7. Danielle on Wed, 12th Jun 2013 10:20 pm
  8. bananas, oranges, pineapple (frozen or fresh), raspberries and blueberries (frozen), sweet potatoes, portabella mushrooms, organic baby spinach, whole wheat flour, unsweetened coconut, chicken breast, canned salmon, canned tuna, organic butter, olive oil, coconut oil, corn (frozen or fresh), whole wheat pasta, spaghetti sauce, organic cheese (shredded or chunk)

  9. Danielle on Wed, 12th Jun 2013 10:20 pm
  10. forgot eggs

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