$78.48 Worth of Groceries
As part of my commitment to tracking every penny we spend, I’ve decided I’m going to make more meals at home and take my lunch to work every day. If I don’t take my lunch, I starve. Well, not really. I border on hypoglycemic so I’m not all about passing out in honor of saving money. So today after I left work, I decided to stop at the grocery store and pick up some items to help with the meal planning and lunch-taking. I made a list, checked it twice, and set off in the store.
We eat a lot of healthy food (at least I like to think so), and our fall garden is slowly growing, so I try to buy a lot of fresh produce and organics. I am also making breakfast for everyone at work tomorrow (hence the bacon) so I had to pick up a few things for that as well.
When I had this all in my cart and was walking out of the store, I was wondering why it seemed like I had spent SO much money and not gotten that much food. I did “save” $12.06, and that’s without having to use a store card.
The most expensive item I bought was the salmon fillets, at $6.99. They were not on sale, and as I put them in the freezer when I got home, I realized not only do I have tilapia in the freezer (that was purchased on sale), but we also have a huge bag of orange roughy we purchased from Costco. Doh!
I did also spend $7.04 on 3.54 pounds of apples. Those better be darn good apples. Plus, I didn’t realize that I was buying that much when I was putting them in the bag! I also bought six cans of solid white albacore tuna to make sandwiches for lunches. At $7.14, that sounds bad to me, but considering I spent more than that on one lunch this week, it’s a great deal.
I’d say the best deal I got was on the milk, at clearance price. It’s organic Vitamin D milk, and I got it for $2.84, regularly $5.69.
I guess one of the reasons I was so shocked at how little food I got was because normally I’m not grocery shopping every week. I’m more of a pick up things as you need them person, and that costs us more time, money, and energy. I’m curious to see how this next month pans out.
Does this seem like not a lot of food for $78.48?