What I used to do before long passages was to talk to the manager before doing the shopping, I sometimes got a discount on volume. Do you do this?
Never asked for a discount, but on more than a few occasions I did ask a store manager to deliver my purchases to the boat instead of me having to bring it all back in a cab.
Because of the quantity of groceries I was purchasing, each time they were happy to figure out a way to deliver it to my boat for free.
One time in particular in Manhattan was really hilarious. Paragon was on a mooring at the West 79th Street Boat Basin Marina and the most affordable grocery store was at least 12 blocks up Broadway. They didn't have a vehicle to deliver my groceries, but instead he had 5 employees push my 5 carts for 12 blocks all way back to my boat, at night. I was in front feeling like I was leading a little parade.
In any case, how do you find stuff? Was Monique updating an inventory with the location of everything? Just curious.
Having the 100+ 1 gallon Lock and Lock brand containers has helped to organize all of the rices, pastas, cereals, and other dry goods. We have 4 big bins for different types of canned goods (meats and fish, tomato products, beans, soups) Another locker is entirely for anything in a plastic bottle...
Where are you guys now?
We are spending the winter in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland and hoping to sail to Faroe, Svalbard, Tromso and Lofoten next year.