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Old 03-01-2014, 03:05 AM   #11
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Re: Buying in bulk and shopping with a LO

I'm a Washington mama too! We buy most everything in bulk. We do our shopping at Costco and Fred Meyer with a smattering of Trader Joe's. If it's cheaper to buy in bulk, I do it. And I make our own bread, so we go through tons of flour! A five lb bag wouldn't make more than a week here.

All of my dry staples (flour, sugar, rice, beans, etc) get stored in airtight food storage containers. I have a bunch of snapware for my pantry, squares in various sizes, that I keep a reasonable amount for use in. The rest of the package goes into a 5 gallon food grade storage bucket in the garage. I also buy bulk meats and cheeses and use my Foodsaver to seal them and I freeze the meats.

As far a shopping with a little one, I just tend to deal with it and do my best. I wear the baby a lot, but different things work for different people. In a few months your baby will be old enough to sit in the cart, which could help. I almost always shop with my hubby and all 3 kids. I make a meal plan and a list (so we only have to shop once a week) and we all go out after dinner on Friday nights, and try to make a fun family time of it. You'll get into a groove eventually.

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Of you're not thrilled with your Moby- I loved ours for a newbie, but not long after that- you might consider a visit to your local babywearing group. They probably have a lending library of carriers you can try, and have DH try, so you know just what you want before you invest. Good luck!
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Hey you live fairly close to me, in fact I had my LO at Tacoma General. lol.
That's where my 7 year old was born! We live about 10 minutes from there. I was so happy when the Tacoma WinCo opened about 2 years ago. Before that I was driving to Sumner to shop! It went from about 25 minutes away to 5!
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I'm a Washington mama too! We buy most everything in bulk. We do our shopping at Costco and Fred Meyer with a smattering of Trader Joe's. If it's cheaper to buy in bulk, I do it. And I make our own bread, so we go through tons of flour! A five lb bag wouldn't make more than a week here.

All of my dry staples (flour, sugar, rice, beans, etc) get stored in airtight food storage containers. I have a bunch of snapware for my pantry, squares in various sizes, that I keep a reasonable amount for use in. The rest of the package goes into a 5 gallon food grade storage bucket in the garage. I also buy bulk meats and cheeses and use my Foodsaver to seal them and I freeze the meats.

As far a shopping with a little one, I just tend to deal with it and do my best. I wear the baby a lot, but different things work for different people. In a few months your baby will be old enough to sit in the cart, which could help. I almost always shop with my hubby and all 3 kids. I make a meal plan and a list (so we only have to shop once a week) and we all go out after dinner on Friday nights, and try to make a fun family time of it. You'll get into a groove eventually.
That sounds a lot like the idea I had, because I have small containers, just not large. But now that I know where to get the big buckets I can take advantage of that. Yeah the flour doesn't last long in our house either. I make all our regular bread for toast and sandwich's which doesn't last long, and then I also am starting to make some sweet breads and such, so I suspect that the more I cook the more quickly I will go through that stuff.

Man I had no idea there were so many Washington mamas on here! Its kind of nice really considering I know nobody close to me, my parents are two hours away and I don't see them much. And I have no friends around here, my closest one moved to Colorado recently, so its nice to see more moms that live close to me. BTW I love your middle sons name, I wanted to name my LO that but DH said It was too trendy and he didn't want our son to have the same name as 100 other kids. lol I told him he was being silly, but we agreed that Samuel was a good fit.
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That's where my 7 year old was born! We live about 10 minutes from there. I was so happy when the Tacoma WinCo opened about 2 years ago. Before that I was driving to Sumner to shop! It went from about 25 minutes away to 5!
Too funny. I just discovered Winco so I am pretty happy. Oh and I just wanted to let you know I looked through a lot of the recipes you had on your blog and it is what inspired me to start trying to cook, they all sound so good. I am going to pick one to try for dinner tomorrow night! Hope it goes well, and if it doesn't I will keep trying until I get it right! Off topic, lovely weather we are having today, lol.
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Re: Buying in bulk and shopping with a LO

For storage, I'm totally not in your area, so I don't know for sure, but here you can buy or even get free buckets from grocery stores that have a bakery with cakes. They get their icing in them, so a good wash and they are food safe.

As for littles, I used a carrier with our first, then mostly left the baby in the infant seat with #2 but didn't want to have too much shopping with both kids, there's not as much room in the cart. Now I often go first thing in the morning after breakfast, or when DH can watch the kids.
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Re: Buying in bulk and shopping with a LO

For my big bulk purchases (oats, wheat berries, succanat) I use 5 gallon/2 gallon buckets that I got for free from the bakery at Kroger and from a local butcher. For my beans, rice, etc that I buy in 10-15 pound bags, I use half gallon mason jars.

I second wearing the LO in the Ergo for shopping. I wore mine until she was 3 on my back just so I could get in and out of the store quickly!
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