Making a month-long menu (something I discussed in more detail on Facebook) really came in handy here — I could look ahead over several weeks of meals and see what non-perishables I could pick up now, saving me a trip later.
Friday: I headed over to Fairway. How to describe the wonder of Fairway… tons of imported and/or hard-to-find foods, huge selections of cheese/olives/deli stuff, and the best bagels in the city (the mayor agrees with me).
Some things are a little more expensive there, but a lot of their staples (milk and yogurt, for instance) are cheaper than the grocery stores near me. HOWEVER, resisting all the hard-to-find, oh-my-god-look-at-this-it-looks-amazing stuff is often my Fairway downfall.
Here’s what I bought there:
- – extra-firm tofu
– a jalapeño
– one red onion
– a quart of plain yogurt
– packets of Finn Crisp and Wasa (we eat a lot of crispbread)
– cinnamon raisin loaf from the bakery (still waiting for baking weather)
– a dozen eggs
– a pound of unsalted butter
– a can of Vegeta soup seasoning
– a jar of Nutella (the only off-list item I bought; it was on sale)
– pieces of Monterrey jack and Parmesan cheese (about 0.5 lb each)
– a half-gallon of milk
– a pint of sour cream
– two pounds of Fairway Blend coffee
Total spent at Fairway: $47 (and $11 of that was the coffee, which will last at least a month). The Nutella, like I said, was not on the list, but it was on sale for $2.50 and I’m not made of wood.
Saturday: Pathmark — basically the A&P of NY/NJ — is just far enough away from my apartment to make it a genuine pain in the ass to get stuff home from there on my own, which is too bad because their prices are usually pretty good (for NYC, anyway). So, my husband and I went together to split the carrying (although he ended up carrying almost everything because he’s awesome like that).
Anyway, Pathmark stuff:
- – dried navy beans
– pearled barley
– canned whole tomatoes
– canned tomato sauce
– chili powder
– spaghetti rigate
– flour tortillas
– egg noodles
– Malt-O-Meal cereal
– a half-pound each of ricotta and mozzarella
– a bottle of dish soap (or should I not include non-food items?)
– two loaves of bread
– 3 lemons
– 2 lbs of yams
– um… [cough] Doritos and a pint of Ben and Jerry’s? [hangs head]
Total spent at Pathmark: $42. I think all three of us shopping together tends to make us buy a bit more (junk and non-junk alike). Also, I am seriously over Doritos. I woke up with a Dorito-hangover the next day.
Grand total to date: $112 (including $2 spent on two boxes of raisins at the dollar store, because that’s just how anal I’m going to be about tracking this).
That’s 25% of what I have budgeted for the month (and it’s not even a week into the month yet) but a.) I bought a lot of staples on there I only buy once a month or less (that can of Vegeta will almost certainly last an entire winter of soup-making) and b.) I picked up some stuff I plan on using later in the month (the first 6 or 7 items on the Pathmark list are slated for use later in the month).
That being said, I’m now almost out of milk. Seriously, what the eff?