Aldi: Fresh Produce
- Navel oranges, 2 3 lb bags @ $1.99/ea
- Halo Cuties, 3 lb bag @ $2.33
- Lemons, 2 lb bag @ $1.79
- Organic bananas, 2 lbs @ $.59/lb
- McIntosh apples, 3 lbs @ $1.49
- Fuji apples, 3 lbs @ $1.49
- Avocado, 1 @ $.65/ea
- Mini cucumbers, 1 lb @ $1.99
- Family boneless, skinless chicken breast 5.23 lb @ $7.79
- Sour Cream, 16 oz @ $1.19
- Lentils, 2 1 lb bags @ $.89/ea
- Confectioners Sugar, 2 lb bag @ $1.29
- Pretzel sticks @ $1.29
Aldi Total: $28.50
My parents are visiting us soon and so I stocked up on produce for snacking while they are here. Although I probably would have bought almost the same amount of fruit for Michael and I — we try to snack primarily on fruit, although salty things can be a downfall (more on that below). And, like Nathalie has mentioned on her blog — these navel oranges have been amazingly sweet. And the price cannot be beat — what amazes me is that they’ve been this price for almost a month. I know they’re in season, it’s just kind of crazy compared to “regular” grocery stores.
Again, I didn’t need the chicken breast, but picked it up because I will be working when my parents arrive and I want to cook up this whole pack into some easy meals/meal components to have on hand for when they are here rather than stressing about what I’m going to cook when I get off work. And I confess that using fresh chicken is a time saver when compared to defrosting the packs I already have in the freezer. So…a little bit of a convenience buy, here. More lentils since they were still available — I doubt they’ll still be there next week and I now have 8 pounds in my pantry — probably enough to hold off on buying anymore. Confectioners sugar because I am almost out and Michael’s birthday is next month — we will celebrate while my parents are here. Pretzels for snacking and Chex Mix. Sour cream because I use it in so many recipes — either as part of the recipe, or as accompaniment.
- Toilet paper, 30 rolls @ $12.97
- Greek Yogurt, 3 lbs @ $5.68
Not much to say here — we needed toilet paper and I’ve finally been craving yogurt again. This is a huge container but I am somewhat picky about what goes into my dairy products and I am also picky about taste. This was a very reasonable price for a higher quality (in my opinion) yogurt that I really enjoy. When I’ve tried to cut the budget by buying a brand or type of yogurt that I just don’t enjoy, it goes to waste. Which is a double waste.
- Baker’s Dozen Bagel Pack with Cream Cheese Spread — $10.99
- Pringles, 2 cans @ $1.50/ea
These are total splurges and on the one hand I’m a little annoyed with myself. On the other hand…I’m still annoyed but trying to be forgiving of myself. The bagels are from a bakery not close to us that I visited when meeting a friend for breakfast one day. Michael asked me to pick up a dozen and since my parents are coming into town and it will be a nice thing to have on hand for them, too, I thought it wasn’t a bad idea. The thing that annoys me about this purchase is that this bakery offers their bagel dozens at half price on a different day of the week than the one I visited and if I had realized that, I would have planned to meet my friend there on that day instead. Live and learn. I did have a coupon to use toward the bagel pack, so that brought the price down somewhat. I have no real excuse for the Pringles other than I was having some serious cravings related to my cycle and I didn’t plan well so ended up not having enough food on hand for me to eat while I was out at work and then doing some volunteer things. They did hit the spot, though. To be clear — I don’t really have value judgements about food in the sense that I think that there are so many ways to eat and be healthy — and we all have splurges/treats/etc. I’m just annoyed because I know I could have gotten Pringles or other chips for cheaper if I’d been planning this purchase. And I’m also annoyed because while I don’t have value judgements for food in general — I do specifically have goals regarding my own diet and nutrition and Pringles don’t really fit on that plan right now.
Weekly Grocery Total: $62.05
Once again I am right over my weekly goal of $60. I will be stopping in to Publix this weekend to pick up some beer, but the majority of my shopping should be done for the month. I took pictures, but never shared the groceries I bought at the beginning of the month — I think I may do that early next week as a kind of monthly recap.
As a general recap, I am striving to spend $60/week on groceries & personal care items and have allocated another $100/month for a stock up trip to BJs, a warehouse store where Michael and I are members. I was able to completely skip the stock up trip to BJs this month, and need to reconsider that approach. I think I could get by with an every other month trip if I plan well. We are definitely low on some of the things I purchase there, but the only thing that really won’t last us a whole two months is coffee. Which probably means I just need to buy double or plan for a smaller trip to BJs like I did this month. Something to ponder.