Here’s our secret…
…to spending an average of 6 minutes a day taking care of our grocery needs…
…while saving money
and eating deliciously well.
Download our grocery lists for each store below.
Links to shop online coming soon!
Keep in mind, these groceries are for my husband and I (plus a few extra meals a month for family and friends. But we figure it evens out, as we’re guests sometimes.) Plus, we are both at a healthy weight and have no dietary restrictions. Your situation may be different. Even so, we hope you’ll get some ideas and inspiration here and adapt as needed.
Like many city dwellers, space in our San Francisco home is rather limited.
Yet, we generally buy in bulk!
Plus, we continue to find places we can store even more. It really is amazing what you can find the space for when you really want to.
The lists below are our master lists, the things we buy at each store. When it’s time to shop, we mark the things we need and buy only those. Or if you prefer, we also made a master list of all the things we buy arranged alphabetically and another list grouped by category.
Some things on these lists last months or even years! And some, like fresh produce, we need to buy in smaller quantities and much more frequently.
For more detail, check out our Monthly Spending Reports. Even with things like cashews and smoked trout, we spend LESS than the USDA Thrifty Food Plan each year! See our 2023 Year-End Spending Review.
These lists were developed with the five Keys to the Kingdom:
🍃 Wise Spending
🍃 Play and Pleasure.
Visit the Start Here page to learn more about the things we don’t buy and why.
Links to shop online coming soon!
🍃 Grocery Lists by Store 🍃
🍃 Dried Herbs & Spices 🍃
The Herbs and Spices list here is a master list of dried herbs and spices we (currently) keep well-stocked. Before each trip to San Francisco Herb Company, I check their website and see how their inventory has changed. Sometimes they now carry an herb or spice we have been ordering from elsewhere, or they no longer carry it at all.
While we do get most of our herbs and spices at the San Francisco Herb Company, there are a few we consistently order from elsewhere, so they’re also listed with that store as well.
If you notice something listed with several stores, that’s because we have bought it from a variety of places. Pricing and inventory can change, so we always check before buying anywhere.
We use the San Francisco Herb Company list as our Master List for herbs and spices because we have found it the best place to start shopping for herbs and spices in bulk. Plus, it’s a fun place to go!
If you just want a little (to try out a new herb to see if you like it, for example), most Whole Foods stores have a serve-yourself herb section where you can just get a spoonful (at least in our area).
Or check out your local health food stores. Many have jars where you can just buy a spoonful or two.
But keep in mind, if you plan to use a lot of an herb or spice, buying in bulk will save you a lot of money in the long run (as long as you keep them nice and dry).
While it’s generally recommended to use dried herbs and spices within a year or two, we have found they last much longer (fortunately!). If they loose some of their potency, simple add more to your dish. It’s that simple.
Although our home is a beautiful oasis in a busy city, space is limited. Yet, we buy a lot of things in bulk!
We were so excited to find a fun new place to buy more things in bulk. And save a lot of money while we’re at it. Plus, many things are organic! So we’re paying less for more food of a higher quality.
Azure keeps prices down by not having any physical stores. Instead, there are a number of locations where the truck stops. Then, customers unload their orders themselves.
Fortunately, we found a drop-off location that’s not too far away. It’s in a lovely area with beautiful hiking trails, so we make a day of it.
As with the other stores, inventory and prices vary. So, we start with Azure for everything on this list. If not available or we’re too busy to pick-up the order, we’ll either wait and place an order the following month or buy them elsewhere.
For example, if we can’t get raisins from Azure, we’ll get them at Costco. So you’ll see raisins on both the Azure list and the Costco list. But for the best deals, be sure to compare prices yourself, as things change and can differ from area to area.
*This is what we’ve bought so far. We will continue to add things as we order more from Azure.
With a fresh perspective, a little information and a dash of inspiration, you can soon be living a delicious culinary fairy tale without a king-sized budget.🍃 The Paprika Palace 🍃