What I Spent, What We Ate

What I Spent

This week I spent $34.95 on groceries. I need to sit down and tally everything, but I am pretty sure that I am over $300 this month, which is $100 over budget and a consequence of allowing busy-ness and illness to get the better of me. And spending a whole lot at BJs in the beginning of the month. I’ll share all those gory details, though, in my grocery journal at the end of the month. For now, let’s talk about this week. I visited two stores, Publix and a discount grocer. I only needed fruit and didn’t feel like making the trip to Aldi, even if it would have been cheaper. I spent $14. Then I met up with my friend who is willing to explore discount and salvage groceries with me; like the previous month I had intended to only spend about $10, BUT they had my coffee at a great price, so that skewed the total a bit. I spent $20.95 there.

sheps salvage and discount

At the discount grocer, I picked up mostly snacks and 2 pounds of coffee beans. The coffee beans were a great deal — $4.99/lb; even at BJs I pay $8/lb for these beans. Tortilla chips, crisp bread, tea, chewing gum, and chocolate covered almonds. These aren’t exactly needs, but we will eat and enjoy them. I was very tempted to buy a case of Ghirardhelli chocolate caramel candy bars, but even I couldn’t justify that much chocolate, no matter how good the price.

Publix__April 2017

At Publix the fruit was my primary objective, but also wanted something snacky and salty. The fruit wasn’t the cheapest, but it’s all very good and I’ve decided that the time factor may be important enough for my filler trips to just go to Publix or Winn-Dixie. I’m not tempted to buy things that aren’t on my list, and both stores are so close to home that I pass them no matter where I am heading.

What We Ate

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Sunday — Easter Dinner: Ham, Whipped Sweet Potatoes, Roasted Brussels Sprouts,¬†Deviled Eggs, Rolls, Raspberry Almond Cream Puffs

Creamy ham and veggie soup 2

Tuesday — Creamy Ham & Veggie Soup, Rolls


Wednesday — Fajita Bowls w/brown rice and black beans

Monday, Thursday and Friday we had leftovers. I had also made ham and cheese egg cups, which factored into different meals throughout the week.

The upcoming week is my last of this semester, for which I am profoundly grateful. I am hopeful that the summer semester is less intense and that I can get a grasp once more on a work/school/life balance.


6 thoughts on “What I Spent, What We Ate

    1. It was a great deal! They had many bags, but the expiration date was Feb 2017. Not that that is really too much of a factor for whole beans, but I thought my budget would appreciate me being a bit cautious. I tallied everything this morning and am closer to $400, ugh. What a month.

    1. I love Publix, especially their fried chicken. I do have to say that their prices are so much higher compared to Aldi. I hope you like it!

  1. It is very difficult to stick to a strict grocery budget when things are on sale and you want to stock up, isn’t it? Do you go over budget in order to take advantage of the deal or do you stick to the budget and maybe pay more for those items, later? I think, as long as there is some spending flexibility and one can afford to go over budget, then, it is better to stock up.

    You are a great food photographer! And I am thinking I should get down my soup plates from the top of the cabinet and use them for my every day meals!

    1. The stock-up bug is definitely hard for me to resist. If it’s truly a great deal, I don’t mind going over budget. I have to say, though, that this month has been less about stocking up purposefully and more about just shopping chaotically and often without a plan.

      I love using soup plates! I have several different sets of dishes, although I tend to not use them as much as I should.

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