If you get my weekly newsletter (sign up here!), you know full well that lately time has escaped me. Our apartment is literally in shambles and I just don’t have the time to care. But even in the midst of this chaos, I still make eating healthy a priority. Sundays are my usual grocery haul days and this weekend between lunch with a friend and an eye appointment, I only had 20 minutes to buy our week’s supply of food.
Now I’m one of those people who loves the grocery store. I find pleasure in sauntering up and down the aisles, checking out every new product and examining all of the exotic produce. And as I decidedly choose what to put in my cart, I take out my handy planning notebook and jot down the price of each item. Before heading to the checkout, I add up my total cost, making sure I don’t exceed my $70 budget.
But this week looked nothing like this. With my 20 minutes, I ran straight for the meat, picking up whatever was cheapest then made my way to the produce, quickly throwing in the usual culprits and a couple fruits and veggies that I happened to catch were on sale. I didn’t write down anything or add up any prices. I just made my way to the cash register, saving until last a few items that weren’t necessary to the week’s haul, just in case I was over budget. But to my surprise, my total came to $67.59, just like the days when I spend an hour or more shopping for the same items.
I can chalk it up to one thing: practice. After two years of strictly budgeting our groceries (and almost a year blogging about it!), my grocery hauls have become second nature to me. I know how much we eat each week and I know intuitively what’s a good price and what isn’t. It’s all become habit.
So I encourage you to keep practicing your budgeting skills. It’s hard in the beginning, and takes a lot more time and energy than your old ways, but soon enough your new norms will become habit and you’ll be living like a frugal foodie!
This Week’s Grocery Haul Highlights
- Bananas $.39/lb
- Sweet Potatoes $.65/lb
- Oranges $.85/lb
- Spaghetti Squash $.85/lb
- Strawberries $4.50/2lb or $2.25/lb
- Chicken Quarters $1.19/lb
- Pork Shoulder $1.99/lb
Total Spent: $67.59
Meal Planning Ideas
Here are some ideas for ways to use the groceries in this week’s haul. Add herbs and spices from your pantry to add your favorite flavors!
- One Pan Sweet Potato Hash
- Greek Yogurt with Berries
- Hard Boiled Eggs
- Egg Sandwich using toasted Bread, a fried Egg, Spinach, Red Onion, and some Salsa
- Shredded Pork with slow cooked Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, and Beets
- I just put everything in my slow cooker, season with salt and pepper (no liquid) and cook on low overnight until the pork can be shredded. Then I mash my veggies together and eat the pork plain or use in recipes throughout the week.
- Nuked Chicken Sausage and Sweet Potato
- When really short on time, I microwave a chicken sausage for 1 minute and a medium sized sweet potato for 6 minutes or until easily pierced with a fork.
- Leftovers! Anything left from dinners throughout the week paired with an Apple, Banana, or Orange.
- A modified take on my Baby Kale & Spinach Strawberry Salad
- Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce
- I simply use jarred pasta sauce mixed with 1 pound of Ground Beef and amp it up with veggies like Spinach, Onion, and Mushrooms if I have them on hand and serve it over roasted Spaghetti Squash instead of noodles.
- Just your regular old variety using my DIY Taco Seasoning, Ground Beef, Corn Tortillas, Salsa, and a bit of Spinach.
- Crispy Chicken Leg Quarters with Kale Chips and Roasted Asparagus
Curious what I consider a good price for groceries? I’ve listed the maximum price I’ll pay for food on this page!
Related Post: Inside My Planning Notebook
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