This is the catch-up post. These are groceries I bought yesterday and that brings us up to scratch. It was weird to be posting a little bit retro-actively. Anyway. This trip involved a lot of…not quite impulse buying but also not terribly focused shopping, either. I was running late after a day spent on campus and had forgotten both my list and my grocery bags. Again just a trip to Aldi this week and I’m still picking up some canned goods for the pantry, as you’ll see.
Right now I don’t have an exact grocery budget, but am keeping track of grocery and related spending to set a more accurate budget starting in the new year.
- Apple cider, 1 gal @ $2.99
- Feta crumbles, 4oz @ $1.79
- Sharp cheddar, 2 8oz blocks @ $1.89/ea
- Pineapple greek yogurt, 6 6oz cups @ $.65/ea
All the cider from the last shopping trip is in the freezer so I wanted a little more for drinking right now. It’s so good. I had no cheese last week at one point, so grabbed a couple of blocks of cheddar. And feta because I keep thinking of dishes I’d like to make that would taste great with a little feta and I didn’t have any on hand. Yogurt for Michael.
- Fake Cheez-Its, 1 box @ $1.59
- Tuna, 4 cans @ $.99/ea
- Dried mango, 1 bag @ $3.79
- Salted cashews, 1 bag @ $4.69
- Macadamia nuts, 1 bag @ $7.99
- Pinto beans, 4 cans @ $.79/ea
- Egg noodles, 1 bag @ $1.29
- Sandwich bread, 1 loaf @ $3.99
Lots of snacks! I was hungry after being on campus for such a long time and the cashews and mango reflect that. They are pretty yummy. Although I could handle less salt on the cashews. I like nuts to be salted but very very lightly. That’s hard to find. The macadamia nuts are because I want to make double chocolate chip/macadamia nut cookies over the holidays and because the bags have been taunting me for the last couple weeks with their “seasonal item” tags. Hopefully they are good. The bread is organic and I hope tasty. The egg noodles; I bought some a couple of weeks ago for stroganoff and dropped the bag, which burst. Only a few noodles were lost, but one of my cats decided that dry noodles are her new favorite thing and every time I had my back turned she was trying to get in the pantry. I had re-bagged them and thought the ziploc would be sturdier than the previous packaging. I think it was but maybe she could still smell them. At any rate, I had to eventually throw out the whole bag. Because she has figured out how to open the pantry doors. ARGH. Anyway, I may want to make mushroom stroganoff again. This time I’ve been careful to not break the bag and I’ve also hidden it. I probably need to get some childproof locks, actually. I’ve realized that once they know how to open doors, not being “allowed” to do so is hardly a deterrent for a cat. Anyway. The tuna and beans are for the ready-to-eat part of my pantry supplies.
- Spinach, 8oz @ $1.79/ea
- Organic salad greens, 1 box @ $3.79
- Broccoli crowns, 1 pk @ $1.79
- Mushrooms 2 80z boxes @ $.49/ea
- Bananas, 1.77lb @ $.44/lb
- Gala apples, 3lb bag @ $1.69
- Pink Lady apples, 3lb bag @ $3.29
- Toilet paper, 12 rolls @ $5.49
- Three paper bags @ $.06/ea
Apples! I love apple season. I do wish we weren’t quite so far away from apple orchards as I do think that the closer you live to the place where a fruit or vegetable is grown, the more likely you are to have a higher quality of that fruit or vegetable available. But. These all looked really good, so I grabbed two bags. Lots of greens because suddenly I am in the mood for salads. Bananas, finally. More mushrooms. Broccoli because it’s my favorite. And I decided to try the eco brand of toilet paper that Aldi had as a special buy. It’d be lovely if they carried it all the time but I don’t really understand exactly how they decide what becomes a standard item after they test it this way. Also, since I forgot my bags I ended up buying some paper bags. I don’t love packing things in boxes and honestly forgot to look for any as I was shopping, so my tax for forgetfulness was $.18. I do like paper bags, though, as they are good for holding my paper recycling and/or I use the paper to wrap boxes.
My total this week is $64.69 and that brings my monthly total to $262.13. Next weekend I need to purchase Halloween candy and I want to take the Halloween snack mix that Anne posted into work this week, so I’ll need to pick up those ingredients as well. I did purchase some non-grocery household items as well this month, but I’ll write about them in a separate post.