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Posted: 01/19/13 06:54pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Things that pop into my mind... I really should go see a doctor [emoticon] Anyway, when I think about how things will be different while living and traveling in an RV with a fridge 1/3 that of our house, one question I have is how you best manage groceries? It would seem like trips to the grocery store increase and become a bit of a pain. I know there are usually only two to feed, but still space sure seems limited.

My wife is quite thrifty in cooking up large portions of crock pot beef, chicken, etc., them making up smaller freezer bag portions that last a 2-3 meals. We have a pretty good sized side x side at the house and it's packed.

I'd be interested in hearing from the seasoned travelers out there about this topic and some tricks you've learned to keep your time doing something other than grocery store hopping.


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As a newbie, I'm interested in hearing the veterns answer this as I'm hoping to learn from those with more experience as well. In the mean time, I am thinking there will be a fair amount of dry goods/non refridgerated items to make up the starches (I'm thinking dry pasta, rice and potatoes) and a cooler with ice for the fast moving beverages, (such as pop, juice... and beer [emoticon] ) so we can save the room in the fridge/freezer for meats, cheese, milk and some veg.

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We found that there is actually grocery stores on the road.
We use to buy heavy and load up the rig.
We now stop every few days and restock. If we know we are going to be away from larger cities we do buy a little extra.
We carry a Rand McNally/Walmart atlas that allows us to know that a community is large enough to have good sized stores.
We try to avoid quickie style stores.

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Posted: 01/19/13 07:22pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Eat our more, solved.

Actually, we were doing once every 5 days for us....but we actually are going 7 now...many CGs will have a few food items for a quick meal, as well, if you arent up for fighting Super Walmart or are close enough for pizza delivery...

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Posted: 01/19/13 07:37pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We stock just for a couple of days... There is an walmart on every street corner haha... Thats about how long the ice holds out so gotta go get supplies anyway...

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We keep a running shopping list on a pad inside the pantry door. Any time we're going somewhere that we might be passing by a grocery store, we take the list along with us. We also stock up on dry and can goods when they're on sale, storing the excess in plastic totes in a storage bay. A list of the tote contents is also kept on the pantry door. Our 8 cu. ft. fridge/freezer serves us well, but it does take some creative fitting to make it all work sometimes. [emoticon]

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You'd be surprised how easy it is to hook up with a Schwan's delivery truck.



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When we travel, we like to explore. We set up in a campground and use that as a base to wander around and explore the surrounding area. As part of that exploring we pick up whatever supplies we need. This makes the necessity of shopping part of the adventure.

Going to new places, new stores, new towns...we enjoy that part of traveling and camping.

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Buy a smaller crock pot. Used to have a large one and always had to store left overs -- as good as they are they took up room. Now use a smaller one. Makes enough for 2 meals for 2 people. It is an adjustment. Depending on where you are staying you will adjust your shopping habits. Besides you get to learn about all the differant grocery stores around the country and you get to collect all those price saving cards. such fun[emoticon] Enjoy the journey and don't sweat the small stuff.

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We usually eat the same way on the road as we do when not on the road. Since we've retired (5-6 yrs ago) we only eat breakfast & dinner. No lunch for us, although we usually have a light snack (nuts/fruit) mid day. That cuts down on food storage. Breakfast is usually cereal which requires only milk and juice from the fridge. When camping we usually restock more often (every 2-3 days) than at home.

Up to this point our longest trips in the RV have been of the 2-3 week variety. In February we're going to Florida for 4-6 weeks. I guess we'll find out whether we can continue as we have in the past.

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