Decide what you want to cook. Say, you want to roast chicken. Then you will need vegetables, salad vegetables, and maybe fruit to go with it. Have the chicken a couple days, just warmed, then maybe a chicken sandwich the next day. Pull one of the bags of leftover chicken that you had frozen out to thaw in the refrigerator and decide what you want to make- there are many chicken casseroles, or even pour barbecue sauce over it. You can make a casserole, etc, that will last a few days. By then you'll probably be tired of chicken, so time to cook the fish that you purchased and froze.So to answer your question before you shop you would decide what you want for meals and buy that and the vegetables, fruits, and salad vegetables that you want. Then you bring the groceries home and freeze any fresh meat (fish, etc) that won't be used in three days (unless it is packaged with a longer date on it.)
I hope this helps.
at 11:34 AM on Oct. 12, 2008