The time has come. Sometime within the next few days (remember that all these posts should be coming up early to give you all time to sort through it), gather up any coupons you can find, scour the newspaper for sales, and off we go!
For your "big" shopping trip, make a really good list. My mother (one of the most organized people I know) creates a master shopping list on her computer, listing all her favorite items in order of the store: produce, meats, dairy, canned goods, baking goods, frozen, etc. She prints a new one off every week or so (maybe less now that we kids are moved away) and hangs it on a clipboard on her fridge. When she is running low, she highlights that item on the list, and then she can take it shopping and knows exactly what to buy, and it's even in order of the way she walks through the store. Pretty smart, huh? I'd recommend something similar for this trip. Try to organize your list in the order of the store. Then you'll be more likely to remember everything and it will mean less hectic running back and forth.
If you haven't already, check out Shopping list #1, which still has lots of good ideas on it!
Also, as you prepare your list, whip out your recipes. There might be something you just didn't think about. Double check the ingredients lists and your cupboards so you don't buy too much or too little of any item.
Here's my list. These are the things I like to buy. Please customize! You may not need everything on my list--or there may be things you need that I haven't listed.
chili sauce (usually jarred, by the ketchup)
olives (my son's favorite!)--we like both regular black olives, and also the garlic stuffed green olives... yum!
other canned pie fillings (we make ours from scratch, but I won't look down on you if you buy it!)
ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard, etc
Standard basics (sugar, flour, brown sugar, powdered sugar)
vanilla and chocolate pudding (makes a great last-minute pie filling!)
spices as listed on Shopping List #1
nuts for pie fillings and baking with: pecans, almonds, walnuts
oil (both vegetable and olive)
paper plates, cups, and utensils (just have them in the house, even if you don't want to use them, ok? There are such things as emergencies!)
wax paper and/or parchment paper (know their uses and their price and make your own decision)
containers for leftovers! (collect sour cream, yogurt, and other such containers)
Assorted crackers (our favorites are Ritz, Wheat Thins, and Triscuit)
assorted nuts for munching
1 large loaf chewy bread, like ciabatta, sourdough, or baguette (That is, if you haven't frozen bread for stuffing yet)
fresh fruit for snacking (banans, apples, grapes, pears, etc)
fresh vegetables for snacking (red pepper, cucumber, broccoli, etc)
whole mushrooms (my favorite are bulk cremini or bulk white...fresher and much cheaper per pound)
apples (For apple pie, go for a good baking apple like Macintosh. Don't just get the cheap red delicious... they get very mealy in baked goods. Granny Smith bake well but are tart.)
bulk sausage (for the stuffing, if using Lisa's recipe)
Milk (both for drinking and baking)
heavy whipping cream (not ultra-pasteurized.)
butter and/or margarine (I'm a butter girl, go figure)
vanilla ice cream
If you like it, Cool Whip (I'll be using real whipping cream)
orange juice concentrate
*cough* frozen pie crust OR Marie Callendar's pies *cough*
*more coughs* Rhodes rolls *I think I'm getting a cold*