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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Rethinking Monthly Grocery Shopping and Convection/Toaster Oven Purchase Decision

I do save money by only going grocery shopping once a month. But, lately, it seems it is also causing some problems.

The biggest problem is a refrigerator and freezer that are too full. Things fall out and occasionally break.

I spend the first two weeks of the month trying to use or freeze any produce I buy. So, I am eating fresh vegetables a lot during that time. I have learned apples, carrots and cabbage keep longer than some other vegetables.

While in the last two weeks, I use more canned goods and leftovers. This has worked well, because I have little food waste. I can get: tomatoes, potatoes, cucumbers, onions, squash and occasionally green peppers or cabbage from nearby tiendas.

So, I will redo a balance between what produce I buy monthly and what I buy from nearby tiendas.

I decided not to buy the Convection/Toaster Oven, for one big reason, I don't have a good place to put it. I'd have to get a microwave table. Since I feel I will be moving in the near future, I don't want to lug a lot of stuff around.

Another problem is I am getting tired of all the dirty dishes, so I decided to order almuerzo (lunch) via a box lunch "servicio a domicilio" (home delivery) on Tuesdays from a nearby cafe. It will probably cost less than 60 pesos. That will give me a break and I will get a serving of vegetable soup and a salad along with the main dish.


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