Thursday, August 22, 2013

Freezer Frenzy Shopping List

Whew! That was quite a job, but I've finished the grocery list.

I'll be adding prices to the list as I shop. This is not to impress you, because I've lost the ability to do impressive shopping. Between work, school for me, homeschooling my daughter, church music director and bookkeeper, cooking, laundry and blogging, who has time to read the store ads? I'll do my best though.

This is not to say that you can't do some impressive shopping. I use to live on a $40 per week food, health, and beauty budget for four not too long ago, so I know it can be done. The reason I want to keep track is just to know if it is worth the time and effort as far as saving money is concerned. I know it will be worth it to not have the 5pm panic of "what's for dinner?"

I'll list the non-perishables first, then the meat, produce, and dairy, etc. I tried to be thorough, but I'm human. :) At the end, I've made a disclaimer of what I'm assuming everyone has, or should have, in their pantry already. I'm going to double check my spices, because I always think it's chili powder I'm out of, and then I buy another bottle only to find I have three already and it was something else. Cumin, maybe?

Canned Goods/Non-Perishables

1 bag, Tortilla Chips
1 bag, Fritos
1 jar, Marinara Sauce
1 can ,Ro-tel Tomatoes
1 can, diced Tomatoes
2 - 28 oz. cans, Crushed Tomatoes
1 - 14 oz. can, Crushed Tomatoes
1 can, dice Green Chiles
1 can, Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce
1 jar, diced Pimentos
Worcestershire Sauce
Chicken Bouillon
Beef Stock, 5 cups
Dry White Wine, 1/2 cup (I usually skip this, but thought I'd let you know)
White Vinegar
24 oz. Dr. Pepper
3 large cans, Tomato Sauce
3 cans, Tomato Paste
1 can, Pinto Beans
1 can, Kidney Beans
16 oz. bag, Wide Egg Noodles
1 bag, Dried Pinto Beans
Flax Seed Meal, 1/4 cup
1 cup, Walnuts (or Pecans)
Molasses, 1/4 cup
Applesauce, 1/2 cup
1 pkg., dry Spaghetti Noodles
1 can, Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 can, Cream of Chicken Soup
1 box, Raisin Bran Cereal (any brand)
Peanut Butter, 2 cups
Oatmeal, 2 cups
1 bag, Chocolate Chips
Aluminum Pans, if you don't have your own pans to freeze casseroles in
Freezer Ziploc Bags, quart and gallon size
Whatever you plan to wrap the pans in: Freezer paper, foil, plastic wrap (I haven't decided yet.)

Frozen Foods

1 bag, Rhodes Dinner Rolls, (16 count, I think)
1 bag, Frozen Peas


Eggs, 3 dozen
Butter, 2 lbs.
12 oz. Mozzarella Cheese
8 oz. Pepper Jack Cheese
24 oz. Cheddar Cheese
16 oz. Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Parmesan Cheese, 1 wedge
2 1/2 cups, Cottage Cheese
1 tub, Ricotta, whole
1 large tub, Sour Cream
2 pints, Heavy Cream
Whole Milk, 1/2 gallon
Buttermilk, 1 quart


2 loaves, crusty Sour Dough or French Bread


Limes, 1 bag
Lemons, 1 bag
Garlic, 2 bulbs
Mushrooms, Button
Onions, 1 bag
Green Bell Peppers, 5
JalapeƱo, 2 (free from my garden)
Carrots, 1 bag (free from my garden)
Celery, 1 bag
Green Onions, 1 bunch
Turnips, 1 bunch
Blueberries, fresh or frozen
Bananas, 1 bunch


2 - 2 to 3 lb. Chicken Fryers, cut up
5-6 lbs. Chicken Breasts, plus however many more you want to grill
5-7 lb. Pork Butt (shoulder)
18 lbs. Ground Beef
2 lbs. Breakfast Sausage (or Italian)
2 lbs. Chuck Roast for stew meat

The Assumption List

Whole Wheat Flour
Salt & Pepper
Vegetable Oil
Brown Sugar
Powdered Sugar
Baking Powder
Baking Soda
Bay Leaves
Lawry's Seasoning
Red Pepper Flakes
And...all the other common seasonings, like Chili Powder, Cumin, Italian Seasoning, Garlic Powder, Cayenne, Oregano, Nutmeg, Peppercorn, etc. There are too many to name, though I think I got most of them. The best places to buy cheap seasonings is in the produce section where they have the little packets or at the Asian markets. Even Wal-Mart has a .50 cent section.

Well, that's all folks! On to the sales ads!


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