Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Grocery Store Confessional - 5th ed.

Here's the truth of the matter: My week really has not felt complete without a long-winded discourse on my trip to the supermarket.

I shuffled out of the store Monday evening, head hung low, with my $68.93 receipt stuffed in my plastic envelopes/pocketbook and I thanked my lucky stars that none of you would be wise to my sins. It all seemed so...simple, so covert.

The week progressed and I said to myself, "Girl, you dodged a bullet this week. You'd better thank your lucky stars that you promised to never again publicly catalog your woeful grocery receipts."

Then, *someone* left me a comment urging and imploring me to put my shopping cart on paper. I saw it as a reckoning, of sorts.

I'm sure you don't see what all the fuss is about, with my ridiculously predictable $70ish grocery bill, but what you don't know is this:

I went back again today. Unannounced and without a great deal of purpose. That's all I'll say about that right now.

So, the menu.

Monday: Out (Cory working late, Calvin with Pawpaw, Ruby and I at Panera before grocery shopping)
Tuesday: Sarah's Chicken Picatta, Lemony Brussels Sprouts, couscous
Wednesday: Chicken and Black Bean Burritos
Thursday: Orzo with Chicken and Feta
Friday: Steak, roasted potato wedges, cucumber and tomato salad
Saturday: Sarah's birthday party
Sunday: Dinner with Cory's family

I'll state the obvious here: I had exactly 4 meals to plan for the week, and I still went well, well over $50 and then I went back today and did additional, untold damage...to the tune of $9.50.

Trip Number One:
4 Yoplait yogurts - $2.40
Meijer pasta - $1.19
Can of black olives - $1.49
Meijer paper towels - $1.49
Welch's frozen juice - $1.51
Bread - $1.59
1 lonely Jalapeno - $0.14
1 lonely lime - $.40
2 lemons - $1.34
Santitas chips - $2.00
Minute Rice brown rice - $1.20 (with coupon)
Meijer milk - $2.29
Whole wheat tortillas - $2.39
Whipping cream - $1.50
Cinnamon Chex - $3.39 (ouch)
4 Steaks - $8.18 ($4 off per pound, but still -Holy Moley)
Bag of frozen chicken breasts - $6.99 (not on sale...my SIL is dying right now...)
2 cans of tomato soup - $1.00
1 can of black beans - $0.89
Chi Chis salsa - $0.99
4 Pinata apples - $2.38 (never heard of 'em...they'd better be darn good)
Green grapes - $1.65 (FINALLY on sale!)
Smoked sausage - $1.79
Meijer old fashioned oats - $1.79
Granola bars - $2.09
Frozen raspberries - $2.79
Grape tomatoes - $2.99
Jack's Special fresh salsa (2 of 'em, BOGO) - $3.99
Greek Hummus (2 again, BOGO) - $3.99
3 avocados - $3.00

Trip Number Two:
Cilantro - $0.89
Gingeroot - $0.12 (tiniest piece on the face of the earth)
Bag of oranges - $2.50
Here's where things really fall apart....
Rotisserie chicken - $5.99

Combined Total: $78.43 (Maybe if I type it small enough, ya'll won't even notice...)

I bought the blasted Rotisserie chicken for no good reason. I already had my frozen chicken breasts thawing at home. I confess! I got lazy. I was lured in by the aroma.

"The greasy doorknob, the constant licking of the fingers. He's hooked on this chicken, isn't he?" Name that quote for a free, pretend Rotisserie chicken of your own.

What's worse, it wasn't even more convenient, since I spent a ridiculous amount of time skinning the poor bird and picking her bones clean.

This is what weeks of intensive penny-pinching and almost no real spending money will get you - A $6 carry-out bird.

On the bright side, there's enough meat for two meals and our burritos were really good. (Some recipes to follow at some point this week.) There was also enough stuff left-over to bump Orzo with Chicken and Feta and declare tomorrow an official Left-Over night.

So, as you can plainly see, I'm in the hole already for the month. Hallelujah, it's a short month. I'm hoping that some of this will just come out in the wash. Steaks will likely be bumped to next week and Cory will be serving his specialty - frozen pizza - to the kids on Friday since I just found out I won't be home for dinner.

In closing, I'd like to thank you for your time, once again. You all really are too kind. (And look where your kindness gets you!) I know I promised I wouldn't do this again and I broke my word, but my *fan* simply could not be left in the lurch. I'm not that kinda girl.

It won't happen again. This time, I really, really mean it.

Forever and ever, Amen.

ps - Stay tuned to see how the rest of the month shakes out. I have a feeling the last week of Feb. could be...interesting.