Grocery Month: update #2

Well, last week started out all virtuous and kick-ass and then kind of took a slide towards frig-what-the-hell at the end.

Here’s how it played out:


At Fine Fare during the week:

Total: $6


At the Greenmarket (Thursday):

Total: $18


At Fairway (Friday):

    – 2 limes
    – a red onion
    – a quart of pickles
    – 2 seedless cucumbers
    – a pint of sour cream
    – 2 containers of mushrooms
    – fresh cilantro
    – fresh dill
    – 3 rolls from the bakery
    – sliced asiago cheese (about 0.5 lbs)
    – a half-gallon of milk
    – a quart of yogurt
    – a pint of half-and-half

Total: $25

So far, so good… at this point, I’d spent 30% of my budget at 30% of the way into the month and I was feeling pretty self-congratulatory.


Saturday, I was in Chinatown, so I went to Hong Kong Supermarket:

    – soy sauce
    – toasted sesame oil
    – 8 packs of ramen
    Calbee Hot and Spicy crisps
    – soba noodles
    – 2 packages of fizzy Japanese candy

Total: $17

Soba noodles, soy sauce, and sesame oil: these are all much cheaper there than elsewhere. Ramen: I love ramen from Chinatown, so 8 packages is actually quite restrained for me. Candy: I usually dole out one or two into my husband’s lunches and keep a few in my purse for kid (or parent) low blood sugar crankiness. In all… okay, I didn’t buy anything I actually needed immediately, but I fell into the “well, as long as I’m here” mindset.


On Sunday, my kid was sick. So, I went (again) to Fine Fare:

    – a half-gallon of orange juice
    – a box of crackers
    Yoplait Splitz (because Jell-o isn’t vegetarian and I couldn’t find pudding without high fructose corn syrup)
    – Double Chocolate Milanos (okay, these were for me, too)

Total: $12

I debated whether or not to include this trip in my total. My kid gets sick once, maybe twice, a year and I usually get her the same things to make her feel better (orange juice, crackers, and either Jell-o or pudding), the same way my mom only let me eat canned fruit cocktail when I was sick. But, for the sake of complete honesty, I included it.


What I’ve noticed so far:

I have got to stop going to Fine Fare. Fine Fare is the small supermarket nearest to me, so it’s my “ugh, I really need this RIGHT NOW” store. And nine times out of ten, I end up paying extra for it. I realize I can’t know when I might need something every single time, but damn, I need to avoid that place.

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised by this, but I’ve got so much less food going to waste now with the month-long menu in place. Not that I had a lot of food waste to begin with (excluding the kale-that-was-actually-not-kale I cooked and threw out), but almost everything is getting used up in its entirety.

I buy it often enough that I should probably learn to make yogurt. It seems like not a week goes by when I don’t run into another blog post from someone exclaiming how easy/cheap/good their homemade yogurt is.


GRAND TOTAL TO DATE: $164 (36% of my $450 goal for the month).

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2 thoughts on “Grocery Month: update #2

  1. I’ve been trying to do more frequent, smaller buys at the market(s), and while I have been mostly ignoring the $ total, (I’ll save that for next month), I do notice a lot less waste. Of course, I feel like I’m shopping every day, but I don’t have a job, so what else am I gonna do, right?

    1. This month actually has me going to the supermarkets LESS OFTEN, if you can believe that. In fact, a week or so ago, I realized just how often I was going to the grocery store merely for the sake of having something to do.

      I think I’ve found a balance between “massive once a week shopping trip, so get everything I might ever possible need (even if I throw some out later)” and “hmm, I think tonight’s dinner REALLY NEEDS just this one ingredient which I’m going to go buy (but really this will turn into me buying at least 5 things)”.

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