Wednesday was kind of a big and long shopping day. Last week I mostly skipped shopping and this week I made up for that AND bought ahead in several areas. I will be going out of town next weekend and probably won’t get to the store. There should be plenty of stuff on hand from this stock up though, to keep Michael happy.
- Raspberries, 2 6 oz packs @ $1.29/ea
- Half & Half, 1 quart @ $1.89
- Tuna, 5 oz cans @ $.99/ea
- Corn Squares, 1 box @ $2.29
- Tortilla Chips, 1 bag @ $1.19
- Eggs, 3 dozen @ $.95/ea
- Avocados, 4 @ $.49/ea
- Mini Cucumbers, 1 lb @ $1.99
- Navel oranges, 4lb bag @ $3.29
- Roma tomatoes, 1lb bag @ $.89
- Bananans, 2.49 lb @ $.44/lb
- Pineapple, 1 @ $1.29
- Spinach, 8oz bag @ $1.49
- Romaine lettuce, 3 hearts @ $1.99
- Baby carrots, 2 1lb bags @ $.39/ea
- Tri-color peppers, 4 packages @ $1.59/ea
- Insulated shopping bag (not pictured), 1 @ $.79
I knew I wanted to grab several packages of the peppers because, aside from liking them so well, I am on a mission to eat more fruits and vegetables (especially more vegetables). Raw sweet peppers are a favorite snack. I also needed to grab some tuna and I had seen last week that Aldi has sustainably caught tuna for a reasonable price. It’s the chunk light tuna, not the albacore, so we’ll see how we like it. Chunk light tuna tastes more tuna-y to me, and is the flavor I remember from childhood. But I think we’ve mostly been buying albacore tuna lately, so this might be a little outside our taste map right now. I wasn’t expecting to see eggs that low, so I grabbed a few dozen. Everything else is hitting my “more vegetables” mark, and helping to stock up our fruit bowl. I usually keep a LOT of fruit on hand and we do go through it pretty quickly, but generally there is usually at least something still around when I shop again for the week. This week there were two apples, one of which I just realized was half rotten. I am never that low on fresh fruit!
- Cascade Dishwasher Detergent, 1 huge bottle @ $8.99
- Prunes, 2.75.b bag @ $7.49
- Yellow Tomatoes, 24 oz box @ $4.49
- Organic Grape Tomatoes, 24oz box @ $6.49
- Roasted Peanuts in the Shell, 5lb bag @ $5.49
- Coffee Beans, 40oz bag @ $19.99
- Clorox Bowl Cleaner (not pictured), 6ct box @ $9.29
Total: $63.06 (includes tax on two items)
We really needed more coffee beans and dishwasher detergent. I was out of prunes and we love them. There was a clipless coupon on them, so that was a nice surprise. The peanuts and tomatoes are part of the healthy eating plan. I know I also picked up roma tomatoes at Aldi, but these tomatoes are for snacking.
I also picked up a new fruit bowl while at BJs — not necessarily on my shopping list, but something I have been keeping an eye out for a while. Since we eat so much fruit, I sometimes have 4 or more bowls of fruit and veggies (I like to keep onions, potatoes, garlic, etc at room temp) on my counter and/or table. I’d like to consolidate that at least a little. This bowl is 13″ in diameter, which held all of the apples, oranges and pears I bought this week, as well as the avocados. Win. Also, it was cheap at $8. Not part of my grocery budget, but a purchase that makes me happy.
- Pink Lady apples, 3.34lb @ $1.29/lb
- Bartlett pears, 2.86lb @ $1.49/lb
- Butterfinger candy bars, 2 @ $1.09
- Sour cream, 24oz container @ $2.47
- Kleenex, 3 boxes @ $1.00/ea
- Arnold bread, 2 loaves @ $3.74
- Publix brand vanilla ice cream, 1 half gallon @ $3.50
I had coupons (I hardly ever use coupons as they mostly stress me out, although I do like digital coupons) for the Kleenex, the Butterfinger candy bars and the bread. We love Pink Lady apples and $1.29/lb is a pretty amazing price compared to what we usually see for them. The pears were also relatively inexpensive and I have been looking forward to a little variety in our fruit. I bought the ice cream and the candy bars to make Butterfinger blizzard-type treats for us. We’ve been convincing ourselves to run out for ice cream about once a week or so and I’d like that to stop. I thought that maybe a good way to slow it down would be to start making our treats at home. We’ll see how I do!
- Snickers Crispers, 1 bag @ FREE!
Nathalie mentioned that there would be free after the rebates/register rewards. I love Snickers, so I had to pick these up. I have to say, they’re really tasty! I try not to buy too much bagged candy as I just EAT it, but this was nice for a treat. 🙂
Total Grocery Bill: $123.61
Higher than normal, but I should be on par to finish the month out under $400.
Next weekend is my annual ladies’ weekend and I am really looking forward to some down time with my friends. We are going to be on the Gulf Coast again; it’s so beautiful there! I am generally in charge of food for these trips and have been planning a simple but tasty menu. It’s a bit of a drive, but I want to pick up what I can here so that we can save a little cash — the grocery stores tend to be pricey since they cater to tourists.