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1. I buy milk in the cardboard containers as they have a longer shelf life than in the plastic containers, it may cost a bit more but we don't have any go bad and we stretch out our grocery store trips.

2. I make a grocery list specific to a meal plan so I get in and out of the store quicker than my usual browsing.

3. We have 3 grocery stores within a mile so I used to shop multiple stores for sale prices, I keep it to one store now to reduce my time out in the public.  The lost savings are better than the potential medical costs.

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It is a good time to clean out the freezer!  I shop in a store that does not have pick up service once a week if they have good specials on fresh products, and use pick up from another store for everything else.  I plan my meals more carefully than before and think I am saving money as a result.

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Although we live five minutes away from three grocery stores, we chose to shop just once a week, and only in the early morning hours. We have been doing meal planning for about four years, and that saves time and money. 

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I make a meal plan for the week , make a shopping list for items I'm out of to complete each meal. I try to check sales and availability of item at 3 different stores. If available I print out the grocery store layout 
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We were in the habit of buying on impulse and then going out to get extra ingredients as needed.  
With social distancing we go out once a week with a firm list and then scan reciopes to find fun things to make.  Portions are easier to make smaller because we make just enough now.

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I have purchased my groceries on-line for the last four times.

I will do go out until the time is proven to be better for us.

Senior are at more danger than many.

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I'm making n95 equivalent masks from hepa vacuum bags saw it on youtube

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Most grocery stores are adding the next open slotted at midnight every night and are now waiving the curbside pickup fee and bag fee as well.  I  have set my alarm for midnight to do my weekly shopping order. It's a pain to have to do that but it's the only to insure your ability to horder. Grocery stores in my area in Oregon are currently running a full week behind in filling grocery orders. Also, I  found out by asking the people who work at the little, corner mom & pop stores that they have items that the regular grocery stores are  out of. Like toilet paper, napkins, milk, eggs, butter, bread etc. even hand sanitizer. It also helps to call a store before going there. A lot of stores have shortened their to have more to re-sanitize their stores before the next business day.

 

In regard to your not being able to purchase masks, you can wear a scarf placed over your mouth and nose and tie it at the back of your head so it fits snug. You can usually purchase bandannas at most stores  as well. The little mom and pop store up from my home is selling reusable, washable masks too. You just have to ask them. Also, you can get the pattern to make masks from material online or at a fabric store. They're easy enough to make by hand if you don't have a sewing machine. 

 

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FYI: there are some new websites that show how to make your own masks very easily by simply folding fabric and using two rubber bands.  Here’s a good one:

https://m.facebook.com/berlinofficialband/videos/523495618531994/

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This is a time to give up certain items you are used to purchasing and get alternatives that don't expire quickly.

One stop to Costco to buy quanity and organic at a lower price.

Replace Cows milk with many options of a milk carten that doesnt need refrigeration until opened. Anyone of these Milks listed in order of my favorites

Almond Milk

Coconut Milk

Cashew Milk

Rice Milk 

Some of these Milks are flavored and sweetened, I prefer unsweetened plain .

I use it in cereal, coffee, smoothies. A great drink to swallow down your supplements or medications.

Lasts for months...Enjoy!

Another go to item there is large bags of frozen berries.

Blueberries

Mixed berries and more.

I live alone so it stores for a long time and I use as needed straight from the freezer.

You can use it is smoothies instead of ice or an addition. 

It is yummy in a micro for 10 seconds or less to use on ice cream, in yogurt, on your oatmeal or cereal. 

The berries are safer to eat and have the same nutritional value!

Things that last a long time to stock up on if you want dairy.

All Cheeses..stay away from processed cheese....so many more delicious cheeses that last in your Frig.  

BTW jarred fig jams or perserves are a wonderful accoutrement. 

Dried beans are a great source of protein and fiber. Get creative with them.

If you do buy fresh veggies..make yourself a chili and freeze...dont forget to get freezer bags.

I bought several bags or lemons, oranges and grapefruit. juice and zip lock into your freezer. 

Great for cleansing and nothing like a hot tea of lemon and water.

Essential healthy alternatives to sugar with health benefits buy Molasses and Honey..a boost to so many things. Get creative.

So more high protein to buy other than freezing meat ...Canned tuna, sardines, oysters!

I keep crackers once I open in frig. Lots of my dried items are refrigerater

Buy rice and large jars of capers, 203 mgs of protein in one Tbs. of capers makes your rice so tasty

you can add any frozen veggie like peas or corn. I love avacados too. 

Costco has small packages of avacodo and humus..yum with their millet flax crackers.

Eggs hard boiled peeled in frig are a quick protein snack

Jello..yum with manderin oranges and cool whip 

Hope this was helpful!

Nancy Iannitelli

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