if you aren't picky about your milk, buy powdered and make just as much as you need for a few days. for most items, you can buy them individually. all you need to do is find somewhere that has them in bulk and you just purchase what you need. and if you can't find it that way, limit the number of family size packs that you buy [one or two a week] and rotate out what you buy. so if you can't find another solution for milk, make one week your milk week. buy the half gallon, plan on having cereal everyday, making potato or cream of some vegetable soup, making ice cream, making rice or bread pudding, making actual pudding, or whatever else you might use milk in to use it up. then plan on not buying the big container again for a week or two and instead buy the family sized pack of something else to use up. so week two you might buy a whole chicken. make stock with the bones and freeze it. use one breast and cook another to freeze. maybe make white chicken chili with the thighs, eat a portion or two and freeze the rest in portions. do the same with the wings, make some for dinner and some to be a frozen dinner. once you have done this a few weeks you'll have a nice stock of homemade frozen dinners so that you can take advantage of the savings and you won't have to cook or shop as frequently.
I know it's tough. It gets more expensive when you buy smaller portions of some items. However, when it comes to things like lunch meat, you can get smaller portions at the deli counter without having waste or spoilage before you can eat the family pack. Also, one tip would be to buy the larger portions and use the foods to make meals you can freeze for future eating. I love shopping at Costco, however some of the products are way too big for just my husband and I, so I often ask family or friends or neighbors if they would be interested in sharing. So that's another option. Also, if you don't mind eating the same thing for dinner or lunches for a few days, you can cook with the larger amounts of food and have leftovers.
Did you know that you can freeze milk? My mom does it all the time. She buys the gallons when they are on sale, pours it into smaller containers and freezes it. When she needs milk, she takes a container out of the freezer and puts it in the fridge to defrost for about a day. The taste isn't affected at all (she says).
Hope some of this helps.
8/24/13 11:37 A
Well, while all that's true of dairy and meat, you can buy just enough fruits and veggies for one without a problem. Consider getting your dairy with yogurt and you've got another problem solved. I don't eat meat, but I like to bake a whole chicken (without the skin but with the bones) and then can eat on it for several days. You'll find that over time you get the hang of shopping for one. Good luck!
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8/24/13 10:37 A
Living alone is wonderful, however buying for one is not so great.
Small size packages cost much more than larger size. Exp. I can buy 1/2 Gal of Milk for $1.49, a Qt. is $1.29. Family Size Packages of Meats are far less than Smaller Packages. I have only so much freezer space.
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