How we went about determining our monthly grocery list is to see what “staples” we commonly use throughout the month and made up a “basic shopping list” that we tack prominently on the fridge. The “basics” of course would be flour, rice, oil, oats, vinegar, dried beans, etc. When we run out, we check the little box next to the item on the list.
When shopping at the local grocer or from the food co-op we really don’t deviate from the “Basic Staples-Grocery List” too much. Why? We find that keeps food costs down and helps with lowering food miles.
There’s certainly a lot of temptations that fill the grocery isles but we have “the list” in hand and we stick to it! Our lives and our diet is fuller because of this exercise against over packaged goods, overconsumption and excess variety. It puts into perspective what basics we need for a good life.
To help with the “Basic Staples List” we referred back to our pioneer counterpart – the Ingalls family. What would the have purchased at their local General Store. What food items would have been available to them? The Ingalls family didn’t have a gazillions brands of this or innumerable food choices from all over the world. So we 21st century urban homesteaders try to emulate their simple food choices in our modern day lifestyle.
And we also have to realize that this lifestyle is all about being flexible. If the food prices continue to go up one has to be willing to cut back/out certain items or be creative and try/grow new alternatives to certain typical staples.
Care to share in an little exercise? When Pa Ingalls hitched up the wagon, what did Ma Ingalls put on her grocery list?