Sunday, January 9, 2011

Grocery Store Confessional - 8th Ed.

Of all of the surprises in my life, it cracks me up endlessly that I can come over here, spew all manner of grocerystore minutia onto this blog, and some of you will continue to read it.

This here is the very bottom of the blog fodder barrel. It's the dregs. It's Paris Hilton's sketchy reality tv show, Blog Edition. And good grief, do I ever love it.

Remember back when I started this series and I would routinely kick myself in the hiney for reaching $70 a week, when my goal was closer to $50?

Law. What was I thinking?

All I can tell you, and I've told you this before, is that a lot can happen in a year. Some things are big and some are scary, some are glitzy and some are...costly. The metamorphosis of my Grocery Budget falls into the latter category. We have added a child and I no longer work, which means the kids are no longer with a sitter at lunchtime and snacks 2-3 times a week. It seems those things do add up.

My current goal is to keep grocery spending to $400/month, or around $100/week.

It's January 9th, and I'm already over budget.

But I am resolved - Resolved! - to stay within $400 and continue to eat well while we do it.

Last week's stats:

Aldi

Bag of 4 lemons - 1.29
String cheese - 2.69
Cheddar cheese sticks - 2.79
4 avocados - 1.56
Large bag of oranges - 2.49
Box of Campari tomatoes - 1.69
2 jars artichoke hearts - 4.58
Head of cauliflower - 0.99
Feta cheese crumbles - 1.99
Salt & Vinegar potato chips - 1.29
Baking mix (aka savior of Waffle Day) - 1.79
3 lb. bag of rice - 1.39
Coconut flakes - 1.49
Faux Ranch "Doritos" - 0.99
Total: 27.15

Meijer
Floss picks - 1.99
1 bunch green onions - 0.50
Corn starch - 1.29
4 Fuji apples - 3.80
2 Green, yellow peppers - 1.29
1 jalapeno pepper - 0.12
Brussels sprouts - 2.69
2 boxes chicken stock - 5.38
Cereal - 2.75
Gingeroot - 0.63
2 small whipping creams - 3.00
.6 lb sugar snap peas - 1.97
2 rolls paper towels - 3.49
Banana peppers - 2.00
Pearl couscous - 4.39
Family pack boneless, skinless chicken breasts - 7.48
1 can pineapple chunks - 0.79
Whole wheat crackers - 1.99
2 gallons milk - 4.58
8 kiwi - 2.99
Large Velveeta - 4.49
Cereal - 2.50
Cereal - 2.50
Cheddar cheese (chunk) - 3.00
Pudding cups - 1.00
Bag of onions - 1.00
3 cans of Campbell's Select soup - 3.00
5 cans frozen Old Orchard juice concentrate - 4.00
10 cups Meijer Light yogurt - 2.50 (These were due to expire in 3 days and were on clearance. Score!)
Total (with tax): 78.59

You thought I was done?

So did I.

Dollar General
Gallon of milk - 2.65
Bag of tortilla chips - 3.00
Total: 5.65

Grandma's Pantry
1.3 lb. honey smoked turkey - $5.47
1 lb. Farmer's cheese - 5.00
Total: 10.47

Grand Total for Week 1: $121.86

I do declare, that is the most I have spent on a week's groceries in a long, long time. The good news is, some unexpected changes of plans (i.e. "showings", ha ha) forced us out of the house at dinnertime one night and we were fed by Cory's parents, and we had left-overs another night (there was a reason, but I don't remember it now), which means that two meals from last week will carry over to this week, which means, in theory, that this week's budget should be lower.

And theories are actually facts, right? Or am I remembering something wrong?

I'll keep you posted. Like it or not.

Peace out.

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