On my recent trip home, I was given the opportunity to speak to an Honors Program class called “Politics of Consumption” at my alma mater, the University of North Dakota. One of the questions I was asked during my talk was, “Am I brand loyal?”.
I took a moment to think about it. I went through a long laundry list in my head of all the products I buy – everything from toilet paper to clothes to peanut butter, and I quickly realized that my answer is no, I’m not loyal to any one brand. What I am loyal to, however, is getting quality items at great prices. I do have my standards. There are some cheap shampoos I’ve tried that just didn’t work for me, so I’ve never bought them again. But I’m never afraid to try a new product when it’s the best deal.
Case and point: my grocery hauls. You’ll notice the majority of the items I buy are the store brand. But that’s only because they fit my standard of being clean products made with natural ingredients and are the lowest priced option. Last month, however, you may have seen that I opted for Simply Heinz Ketchup. Typically I buy Roundy’s natural ketchup (Mariano’s store brand), but this time it just so happened that the name brand was cheapest. This week, Red Gold tomato paste was cheaper than the off brand, so that’s what made it into my cart. For me, price is more important than the label.
Are you brand loyal or do you opt for what’s cheapest?
In other news, I reached 10,000 followers on Instagram this week!! If you aren’t already following me, you can find me @craftycoin. I’m so thankful for each and every one of you (seriously). I love getting to know my followers and building a community!
Onto this week’s grocery haul goodies…
Healthy Grocery Haul Highlights
- Eggs $.75/1.5 dozen. YES you read that right! I do not know why but this was by far the best deal I have EVER seen on eggs. So I bought a total of 3 dozen. Good thing eggs last at least a month.
- Peanut Butter, natural $2.79/16 oz jar. This is the perfect example of when it pays to buy the store brand. This peanut butter is way cheaper than it’s national competitors, tastes delicious, and is made from just peanuts and salt.
- Mixed Greens, organic $5/16 oz container. This is an example of when the name brand is cheaper than the store brand AND when organic is cheaper than conventional. I shop the WHOLE store to find the best deal!
- Sweet Potatoes $.50/lb. That’s such a steal.
- Beets $.50/lb. If you don’t like beets, you need to give them another chance. They’re one of our faves!
Total Spent: $54.07
Meal Plan Ideas
What you see will feed my husband and I for one week. Keep in mind, we have food leftover from week to week, plus have items in our pantry and freezer.
Honestly, I don’t make a lot of elaborate meals. Instead, on Sundays I roast up a bunch of veggies, cook my protein, and make a soup and make these into meals throughout the week. I recently wrote about how I meal prep. Basically, I keep things simple.
- Peanut Butter Toast and Fruit
- Foolproof Hard Boiled Eggs
- One Pan Mexican Frittata – sub fresh peppers and tomatoes for canned and use chicken thighs
- One Pan Sweet Potato Hash – sub chicken thighs for chicken sausage
- Chicken Stir Fry – made with frozen veggies, chicken thighs, and soy sauce
- Elvis Sandwich – made with bread, peanut butter, and bananas
- Simple Roasted Beets, Carrots, and Sweet Potatoes
- Salad – made with mixed greens, peppers, carrots, tomato, avocado and eggs – topped with olive oil and balsamic vinegar
P.S. Here’s why I quit meal planning.