Groceries - February 2019 - Week 1 Update
Here's a quick Thursday recap and update to this week's $60 budget for groceries.
$2.99 - 10 lb Potatoes - purchased
$1.69 - Rice vermicelli - purchased
$2.99 - Romaine hearts - purchased
$3.49 -Yellow peppers from the 'eat today' rack
$4.99 - Variety pack of bread from the 'eat today' rack
Total planned ~ $8
Total spent - $16.14
$2.99 - Salmon - unavailable when I went so I purchased two packs of salmon fillets. One was $6.04 with a discount of $3.00 and the other was $4.90 with a discount of $2.00.
$0.99 - Ragu pasta sauce - unavailable when I went so I purchased a bag of penne for $0.99
$0.89 - Compliments mac and cheese (we prefer it over brand name! but we eat it with brussels sprouts on the side so we may be weird) - purchased
$1.99 - Campbells Every Day Gourmet soup - purchased
Total planned ~ $11
Total spent - $10.33
I said I was going to check out hummus at Sobeys. It was $3.49 each and was buy two get one free. Instead of purchasing those for $7 I made my own using a $0.99 can of chickpeas, cumin, coconut oil, and lemon juice. It was delicious and I regret nothing.
$0.87 - Tuna - purchased
Also purchased a 2lb bag of apples from the eat today rack.
Total planned ~ $2
Total spent - $3.47
$3 - 6 Avocados (if not on an 'eat today' rack somewhere else)
$3 - Salad mix
$3 - 6 Tomatoes
Total planned ~$9
Total spent - $0 - I didn't go before the flyer ended. I'll check out the new flyer Thursday and plan around that.
This week to date:
Total planned: $30
Total spent: $29.94
Total budget: $60
Amount left for groceries this week: $30.06
What we ate:
Sunday: smoothies, coffee, cereal, high protein pancakes, leftover perogies, leftover pasta
Monday: smoothies, coffee, cereal, high protein pancakes, salmon, string beans, corn, ciabatta bun with homemade hummus.
Tuesday: oatmeal, leftover pasta, smoothies, coffee, bagels with vegan butter, leftover salmon and veggies, buns with homemade hummus, roasted sliced potatoes 9 spice mix, Parmesan roasted carrots, rice vermicelli noodles with yellow curry sauce and cashews, peppers, onions, and shredded carrots.
Wednesday: bagels with vegan butter and peanut butter, coffee, Oh She Glows Banana Bread Muffin Tops, left over vermicelli noodles, left over potatoes, mac and cheese, soup.
Thursday so far: bagel with regular butter, coffee. banana bread muffin tops.
How I tried to reduce my impact this week:
Making my own hummus from bulk pantry items eliminated the three plastic containers that the store bought hummus would have come in.
The mac and cheese box became a vehicle for getting my compost from my counter to the green box. I didn't have to wash a dish which eliminated some water consumption and waste water treatment.
I keep a few glass jars handy to the kitchen sink. When I'm running tap water waiting for it to get hot, I bottle that water instead of watching it go down the drain until it gets hot. I then use this water for the dogs' water bowl, the plants, and the diffuser. There's nothing wrong with the water so why am I watching it go down the drain just because it isn't hot? That's my money yo (and a waste of treated water which will then have to be treated again).
I purchased food from the 'eat today' rack which otherwise would have been thrown out or composted depending on the store's policy. I ate most of it and froze some. It was heavily discounted and still good food, but had to be eaten or frozen.
Some of our meals like the mango curry are 'garbage meals'. I toss in whatever is in the fridge that needs to be eaten. Half a mango curry sauce in the fridge door? yup. 'Eat today' yellow pepper. Two please. Carrots? Shred'em girl. I even do this in the banana top muffins. I toss in things like flax meal, seeds, odds and ends that need to be eaten.