Let’s just get right down to it, shall we?
As of my last shopping trip(s), I was up to $164 (or 36% of my $450 goal) for the month. I didn’t need much for the week (as you’ll see in a minute) and only really needed to go to the Greenmarket.
Saturday, however, I found myself in absolute dire need of an ice cream sundae and made a quick trip to Pathmark for ingredients. Once again, I debated the inclusion of the sundae ingredients in my list of groceries.
“It is food,” my husband offered as a rebuttal, “and you did buy it…”
Damn him and his irrefutable logic.
So, here’s absolutely everything I bought this week:
- – 5+ lbs of apples
– a small watermelon
– a butternut squash
– 2 lbs of potatoes
– a pound of onions
– a half-gallon of incredible grape juice from the grape guy
- – Breyer’s ice cream
– Magic Shell
– a 12-can case of Pepsi Throwback (yessss)
– two cans of black beans
– a pound each of dried black beans and chickpeas
What I noticed this week:
Although I do buy some junk food, I buy less junk than I thought I did and almost certainly less than the average American. (A gallon of soda a week? For serious?)
Making a pot of beans on the weekend goes a long way towards meals during the week. I didn’t make my usual batch this weekend, and when I came home from class last night absolutely famished and didn’t have a ready-to-go protein in the fridge, I was a little frustrated.
Along those same lines, I should remember to have canned beans around. I threw some rice in the cooker and then used canned black beans + cumin + chili powder + ketchup (I told you it was my secret ingredient) = dinner in time to watch The Event on NBC (which was actually pretty good).
GRAND TOTAL TO DATE: $198 (44% of my $450 goal).