Am I high-maintenance or what?
You're not at all unusual - in fact I find it perfectly consistent. The same mindset of resourcefulness and making the most of what you have (= healthy Paleo eating) has also ultimately led you to source well in your grocery shopping.
Here's my current (and ever shifting) lineup.
Amazon - Obscure or international condiments and seasonings. Nutiva coconut oil. Navitas Naturals organic cacao nibs and cocoa powder. Seasoned flax crackers. Almond flour (Bob's Red Mill) and coconut flour (via Tropical Traditions). Bake dried fuji apples (2 lb. packages). Macadamia nuts at around $11/lb.
Trader Joe's - organic vodka sauce, organic grass fed ground beef (just add some spaghetti squash and dinner's ready), Kerrygold butter is cheapest here, I've found.
Whole Foods - This is where I buy my heavy cream (found cheapest of all sources) and also the green package (= pastured) Organic Valley butter (~$5.50/lb.). Duck, grass fed organic ground beef.
Giant - Produce, I buy a lot of "Nature's Promise" (the in-house natural brand) poultry, bacon, and beef because it's no antibiotics/no hormones. (Not grass fed organic, but it's my starting point.) Green & Black's Organic 85% dark chocolate - as it frequently is on sale for $2.50/bar here.
Sam's Club - Kerrygold cheese are cheapest here (and similar at Costco the one time I visited and checked). Also: Organic baby carrots ($5/5 lb.), organic eggs (~$3.30/doz, packages of 2 doz. for ~$6.60), sometimes organic 2% milk (~$3.30/half gal). Raw almonds and dates. Other produce as needed. ...wishing that they had more natural/organic options. May switch to Costco next year based on what I've seen and heard from others.
Target - also a source of reasonably priced cage free organic eggs, ~$3.75/doz. (Another grocery store around me sells organic eggs @ $5/doz. Eek.) Half gallons of organic whole milk at $3.30 or so.
1) Farmstand type store for local raw honey and fresh veggies like zucchini, squash, cucumbers. (I have found a local co-op, but haven't gotten over there yet.)
2) Regular grocery store for meats (I know! Working on local grassfed farmer just have to get past the holidays to have the extra $), cheaper veggies, raw nuts, greek yogurt, Omega 3 eggs.
3) Trader Joes for Dried fruit bars, dark chocolate, wine, whatever produce looks yummy, raw nuts, grassfed beef, Kerrygold butter, fancy cheeses
4) Health Food Store for coconut milk, coconut oil, almond butter, almond/coconut flour
5) Costco occasionally, but I never need such high quantities of most of this stuff!
I don't actually require all of the stores, but some have better prices than others and some have specific items that I prefer.
In London (England, UK).
Whew, I'm not the only one with multiple shopping lists! I live over an hour from TJs and WF, so I try to go up there every month or 2 to stock up on butter and stuff.
Costco - cheap (mostly) grass-fed ground beef. And someone told me they have ghee - can't wait.
Trader Joe's - raw cheese, nuts, veggies, organic coffee, frozen wild blueberries
Whole (paycheck) Foods - grass fed beef liver, org veggies & fruit, cream.
Iherb - supplements (D, K, fish/krill/cod liver oil, multi, etc.)
Safeway/Giant - grain fed crap and stuff for non-paleos (rest of family)
Pet Sage - semi-paleo cat food and kitty litter
Whole Foods for cream without additives; bacon without unnecessary preservatives; liver; ginger kombucha (because I'm a pregnant lady and desperately miss my evening beverage); Kerrygold and nice cheese (regular store has these, but it's 50% less expensive at Whole Paycheck for some reason); gluten-free, low-preservative condiments like soy sauce, pickles, mustard, and stock when I'm out of chicken bones are much easier to find; frozen berries are better quality than other stores in the area; fancy mushrooms and other gourmet-ish items; mineral water; Carlson's CLO and D3 drops; Grass-fed milk if I really need it. Fish is generally better here too.
Regular store for pretty much everything else, mainly meats, veggies, the occasional canned tomatoes or coconut milk, bottled water since the local wells have been linked to leukemia (!).
My local farm and farmers market
I used to go to a bunch of places, but I just had to ask myself is my time worth it and the answer for me was no. I'll spend the extra 10-15 for an extra hour or so of time with my family.
Farmers Market/Local Farmer for as much as is available.
Trader Joes/Dekalb Farmers Market(an international grocery)
Super H Mart (korean grocery)
then Kroger to round out anything I couldnt get.
sometimes I stop with the market. most weeks I visit them all because its fun.
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