Three stores this week; I visited Walmart specifically because I thought they’d have larger bags of dried kidney beans, but they didn’t. I was able to pick up a can of kidney beans for a pretty good price so that will work for now. I think Freshfield Farms has a good variety of dried beans, so I will check them out at some point this month. There have been several times over the last couple of months that I’ve wanted kidney beans and haven’t had them on hand. Obviously I could buy multiple packs at Publix, but I’ve found the quality of their dry beans has been very…hit or miss. Anyway, that’s what’s on my mind this week.
Also–I’ve been thinking about how little of what I purchase seems to relate to the food I actually cook. I kind of want to go back to calculating the prices of the meals I make, so that connection is more obvious. It’s not really helpful for me to plan things ahead of time, at least not as concretely as writing it down in a blog post — I pretty much rebel against that written plan, but if I keep an outline in my head, that works best. And of course we’re eating a lot of things outside of the meals I record here. I’m kicking around the idea of photgraphing my breakfasts and lunches, although I don’t know that anyone would be remotely interested. But really it would be for me–I like seeing what we eat and I like remembering good food combos that I sometimes forget because they just happen on the fly. ANYWAY. Groceries. They’re below.
Aldi (trip 1)
- Cheese curls, 1 bag @ $.99
- Fig bars, 1 pkg @ $1.19
- Bananas, 1.65lb @ $.44/lb
- Green peppers, 4 14oz pkg @ $.99/ea
- Sweet potato waffle fries, 2 18oz pkg @ $1.49/ea
- Potato puffs, 1 pkg @ $1.65
- Whole wheat bread, 1 loaf @ $1.79
- Half & Half, 1 qt @ $1.89
- Sliced cheddar, 7 oz @ $1.99
- Everything bagels, 1 pkg @ $1.69
I really went to Aldi just to pick up the green peppers on sale. I needed half and half, bananas and bread too. Michael asked for something snacky. And while I was there I saw an acquaintance I really didn’t want to talk to…so that led to some strategic wandering through the store (I’m an adult…really). And that wandering led to some impulse buys. Specifically the frozen potato stuff. I don’t generally buy tater tots or fries, not because I think they’re bad so much as I know that we tend to have very little control when we have them around. It’s just better to not have them. But they will be a nice treat.
Aldi (trip 2)
- Milk, half gallon @ $2.95
- Navel oranges, 2 4lb bags @ $1.99/ea
- Green onions, 1 pkg @ $.99
- Hot dog buns, 1 pkg @ $.85
- Gala apples, 3lb bag @ $3.49
- Mushrooms, 2 8oz pkg @ $1.29/ea
- Tortilla chips, 24oz bag @ $2.49
- Strawberries, 3 1lb clamshells @ $1.29/ea
- Tomatoes, 24oz bag @ $1.29
- Bananas, 2.6 lb @ $.44/lb
As you can see, this trip was mostly about produce. I wasn’t expecting to buy quite so much fruit but the strawberries looked AMAZING so I pickup three packs. And of course the oranges are an easy and good snack to keep around. I wanted some apples and these looked good. We’ve already almost finished the strawberries and I may actually go back for more. Good berries are something I feel no shame in purchasing a total glut of. I picked up the hot dog buns because I saw that hot dogs were on sale at Publix and they sounded like a good, easy meal. Every so often I get a craving for a good hot dog. I picked up the mushrooms for quiches; I’m hoping to get a few made to throw in the freezer.
- Top sirloin steak @ $8.09
- Asparagus @ $2.09
- Beef hot dogs, 2 pkg @ $3.00/ea
- Hard cider variety pack @ $13.99
This is mostly splurge stuff. I heard this week that I did in fact get into the grad program to which I had applied and so Michael is going to grill steaks and asparagus this weekend. I am pretty excited. We’ll also have baked potatoes and maybe a salad, too. Plus the hot dogs since I had a craving.
- Kidney beans, 30 oz can @ $1.48
- Brown rice, 5lb bag @ $3.14
As mentioned, I went in looking for dried kidney beans and left with a can. I want to make a large batch of chili soon. I also wanted to grab some brown rice because Walmart generally has the best price on these staples. And in the Hispanic foods section I found this brand of brown rice which was well under $1/pound. That made me very happy. We do have a lot of jasmine rice on hand, but sometimes I’d like something different. And I do think it’s generally a little healthier.
Total Spent: $78.28
Over my weekly budget by almost $20, although it’s still early on in the month. I do need to save a little money for an upcoming ladies’ weekend at the end of this month. We have a lot of food in the house; really it’s just fresh fruit and vegetables that I’ll want to grab. And maybe a trip to BJs if I think I want to do that this month. Well, I’ll need to hit BJs for coffee at some point; it just depends on how much other food I decide to buy.