A Single Person’s Guide to the Grocery Store


Elise does a great job in her blog post discussing tips on shopping and cooking for one. In our household of two, we cook regular size meals and have leftovers for lunch. I often freeze leftovers too and enjoy the flexibility to pull them out of the freezer in portion sized servings when no one feels like cooking or time is short. The Hubs and I also started planning our meals the week before. We grocery shop for just those items, and it decreases the chance that food will spoil as we know we will use it within the next week.

The Kiwi Hoosier

My favorite food from the dining courts. I would be okay with someone buying me a Purdue waffle (Boiler)maker. My favorite food from the dining courts. I would be perfectly okay with someone finding me a Purdue waffle (Boiler)maker.

For nearly nine years, I’ve lived on my own. I’ve had various roommates in houses and apartments, and I’ve lived in the university residence halls, eating dining hall meals, microwavable dinners or fast food. However, for a year and a half, I lived with only my dog, Evie. (She eats most anything.) I found the food situation to be vastly different when I lived alone than when I lived with roommates.

During this year and a half, I lived in the country, and greatly enjoyed it. I worked in the city but didn’t want to have to stop at the grocery store every day because of bad planning. When I lived on the farm, we only went to the grocery store once or twice a month for all five of us. I liked that approach.

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2 thoughts on “A Single Person’s Guide to the Grocery Store

    1. It has taken us awhile, and we are getting better. We only do it for dinner, as breakfast is the same (i.e. oatmeal, yogurt, or fruit combo), lunch is leftovers or a sandwich, so just having one meal helps. And it makes me try new recipes 🙂

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