Food is the fun part, right? 🙂
Before moving in together Derek and I each had our own individualized approach to grocery shopping.
I did weekly trips where I stocked up on fresh produce, yogurt, and various other items for the week. My weekly trips would cost anywhere between $35 and $100 and would sometimes involve runs to multiple stores/ farmer’s markets (exhibit A).
Derek did monthly grocery trips where he would stock up on BOGO deals at Publix that would last him an entire month. He focused on pre-packaged food and would literally eat his cupboards bare before his next trip. Those trips would cost anywhere between $100 and $150, which, considering he was eating for a month, isn’t a bad deal at all.
Since moving in together we’ve adapted weekly grocery trip runs. The two of us head to Publix together and form a plan while we’re there of what meals we would like for the week and buy accordingly. So far our trips have been pretty high (about $100 per week), but I’m working on getting that down. (Here’s the post that explains how we are divving up grocery costs.)
It’s a new challenge for me because I’m trying to balance in a couple of meat dishes a week and meat really makes the grocery bill go up. I’ve also been slacking on couponing. As soon as my printer is up and running I plan to re-explore that avenue.
The Not-So Bottomless Pit
Going in I was expecting food to go fast. People had warned me that guys eat A LOT and I should expect to be eaten out of house and home. Oddly, that hasn’t been the case at all! Sure, Ice Cream seems to go a lot faster now, but that’s really it.
I’ve made cookies and a crumb cake since moving in – both of which I devoured 75% on my own. I also bought Girl Scout cookies thinking he would help me finish the box, but that was a no go. The boy seems to be partial to Ice Cream.
Derek does purchase weekly snacks that he munches on when he comes home, but those snacks are usually nothing I would crave anyways. Am I the only person out there who doesn’t like Cheez its?
Cooking for Two
Cooking for two has been fun too. Derek is an adventurous eater and will eat everything I make (though I’ve been trying to tone down my crazy combinations come dinner time 😉 ). Basically I just double what I would be cooking for myself and sometimes I end up with extra. It’s great because Derek almost always takes all the left overs to work with him.
Remember that Black Eyed Peas and Cornmeal Biscuit Casserole I made earlier in the week?
That’s a great example of a dish I wouldn’t have made when I lived on my own, solely for the fact it made so much for just one person.
However, the two of us each had a serving for dinner that night, I had a serving for lunch the next day, and Derek had the rest for dinner the following night. That comes to a total of 4 servings, which was perfect for the two of us . If it had just been me I would have either had to figure out how to freeze a couple of those servings (keep in mind Derek’s ‘servings’ were a lot larger than mine) or had been eating casserole until I was sick of it.
That’s one of the best parts about having another person to feed, I don’t feel limited on how much food will be made. With Derek around, I know it will get eaten and my freezer has never looked better! 🙂
Derek’s portions have always been slightly larger than mine, but I’m pretty sure that is the case in most relationships.
Now the we’re dining together every evening, a twitter follower had the following question to ask.
It should be noted that Derek and I eat off of two different size/ styles of plates.
I actually prefer eating off of small ceramic plates and Derek likes the large plastic plates. This helps with portion control. We both fill our plates full, even though they are two different sizes. Derek is also a fast eater and I’m working on slowing down on eating, so we finish around the same time.
I’m not sure how much my actual eating habits have changed since moving in together, but when I go to bed, when I wake up, spending time on the couch versus outside sure has, but I’ll save that post for another day. 🙂
Let me know if you have any more questions down below and I’ll try to do a follow-up post with answers!