This weekend I had a total grocery budget fail.
Trader Joe’s: $14.48
Total Spent: $79.92
That’s $9.92 over my budget! Now, this may not seem like much, but coming from the girl who will put back a bag of carrots if she’s even a dollar over budget, this is a lot. I can pinpoint my failure to two things.
- I was hungry. Everyone has heard “never go grocery shopping when you’re hungry”. It’s true. The whole wheat pitas and the hummus are direct results of shopping at Trader Joe’s on an empty stomach. Granted, buying these two items to make my own lunch is a lot cheaper than buying one of TJ’s pre-made wraps (and a lot healthier!), but they are definitely items I don’t typically buy. Also, those potato chips. They may be cooked in olive oil (a better choice than most commercial vegetable oils), but they are totally still potato chips. These convenience items cost me a whopping $5.67.
- I was in a hurry. I picked up a few items at Trader Joe’s but got the rest at Mariano’s. I had plans for the night, so I rushed through the store. I literally got all of my shopping done in 18 minutes (my husband Ty timed me). But because I was in a hurry, I didn’t take time to add up the cost of my cart as I went along, look for sales, or even really stick to my list. I like to be flexible in the grocery store (read this post “Why I Quit Meal Planning“), but this was just a bit too much winging it for me. Rushing definitely caused me to not pay attention to how much I was spending.
I will also add that I picked up a lot of staples this week that won’t need to be purchased again for awhile, so that’s a plus. The balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar, and mustard will last us at least a month.
Overall, spending an extra $10 isn’t the end of the world, but it is a good realization that the budgeting and planning habits I’ve created do help me stick to my $70 weekly grocery budget!
I’d never bought Trader Joe’s whole wheat pita bread before. I grabbed them at the suggestion of Lisa Leake from 100 Days of Real Food. We rarely buy any bread products, but thought we’d give these a try since they have a short ingredient list.
- Trader Joe’s Whole Wheat Mini Pita Bread
- $1.69/8-5″ pitas
- Ingredients: 100% whole wheat, water, sesame seeds, wheat gluten, yeast, salt, distilled vinegar
I also bought Trader Joe’s hummus for the first time. I chose the roasted garlic variety because it had the cleanest ingredient list. Making hummus at home is so easy, and I can choose a higher quality oil, but for a pinch, this stuff was quick and tasty,
- Trader Joe’s Roasted Garlic Hummus
- $1.99/12oz container
- Ingredients: chickpeas, water, sunflower/olive oil blend, roasted garlic, sesame tahini, lemon juice, sea salt
Curious what I consider a good price for groceries? I’ve listed the maximum price I’ll pay for food on this page!
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