With just my husband and I in the household now, I find I should be careful about portion sizes when buying fresh fruits and vegetables and buy items with varying shelf life to maintain quality and flavor. I like slightly green bananas and bananas don't stay that way very long. So I actually break apart bunches so I take only a few at a time. This is perfectly fine since they are sold by the pound and there's nothing wrong with buying only the amount you need. The same thing goes for things like celery. If I know I only need a couple of stalks, I break them off. If I buy canned vegetables, I buy small cans whenever possible. If you look at it from a cost per unit basis, this is not necessarily the "cheapest" but if you don't eat soup often or make a lot of casseroles, it costs less overall than being left with only one serving that may never get eaten. I also shop at a grocery store that has a "butcher block" service. I purchase just the amount of meat I want for one meal in a package and it is custom wrapped with no additional charge. This approach to buying meat not only saves money but discourages overeating.
- 7/15/2008 3:13:08 PM