Can you take a cab in the winter? With some careful planning, you could maybe do a "big" grocery trip every other week, with some occasional things picked up at the drug store in between?
I live out in the sticks, and while I do have a car, I really have to try to plan my groceries out for the whole week as it's a lot of gas (and time) to waste just to drive to town to get a few things. We do have a gas station about halfway between my house and town where I can get overpriced milk, bread, etc., in a pinch.
My freezer has lots of chicken breasts, fish and frozen veggies. I try to eat fresh veggies, but I sometimes when I go too long in between trips, they just don't last. I try to stay away from canned veggies since they're not very nutritious (still low calorie and an OK "filler" to round out a meal if you don't have anything else.) When I know it will be a while between trips, I tend to buy "hardier" produce like carrots, celery and apples. Romaine keeps longer than iceberg--plus it's better for you!
Bread actually freezes pretty well. Certain meals (i.e., chili) also freeze well...so if you make a batch one week, you can freeze half and have it again the following week.
I also look for sales on pantry items (soup, rice, etc.) so I can stock up on things with a longer shelf life.
Not sure if this is the kind of advice you're looking for...but hopefully it's somewhat helpful!
Last edited by NorthernExposure : 10-08-2010 at 10:18 PM.