Life lessons. I’ve been tracking our grocery spending for the last two weeks, settling on a Thursday-through-Wednesday schedule for the convenience of these posts. I’m counting our CSA as a single $28 “charge” every other week since we rely more heavily on it the first week than the second.
Thoughts from this week:
- I was actually pretty close with my estimate in my last P:FB post.
- Our bulk order arrived on Tuesday which will make the next few weeks interesting to track.
- I’m going to figure this out just in time for Thanksgiving when we’ll have houseguests for 2 weeks.
Week 3 total: $46.52
Hubby went to Albertson’s for staples (almond milk), I hit Whole Foods to replenish produce after our vacation. Just two trips.
Week 4 total: $168.04
CSA pickup, extra fruit at the market, one trip to Whole Foods, and our bulk order which should last a while. What do I mean by bulk?
That’s forty pounds of apples, half Jonagolds, half Honeycrisps.
They should last us a few weeks. They’ll be eaten as smoothies, snacks, and baked goods, then I can slice and freeze the rest for baking later this winter. The organic apples I buy at the farmers market are $2.50 per pound, so these (also organic) are a better deal.
Also in the bulk order, three pounds of pears, five pounds of almonds, and 3 bags of Teeccino (a caffeine-free herbal coffee-like tea that costs $2 more per bag at the grocery store). About $94 for 54 pounds of food. All organic. It will last a while, especially if I can keep the almonds hidden from my husband.
I really try to keep my pantry well-stocked so that my shopping is limited to perishables. Once I find a way to photograph it effectively, I’d like to do a post on stocking a vegetarian pantry. Then you can see the crazy bags of grains I have laying around.
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