I feel like I’m in “back-to-school” mode even though I’m no longer in school nor do I have children who are headed back. The last three months have been filled with spontaneous coffee dates, fabulous visits from family and friends, relaxing days at the beach, and way too many dinners out (with not enough exercising). As summer winds down and fall comes upon us, I think many people struggle to get back into their daily habits. I’m seriously craving routine right now, but I’m also holding on to these last few warm days (okay, Chicago is already getting cool), and I don’t quite want to commit to my schedule again.
This also highly affects my grocery shopping, meal planning, and budgeting. Not only did I spend the last two weeks hosting incredible visitors, I also celebrated my birthday! All of this meant tons of fun and not a lot of time spent at home.
Instead of doing my Sunday grocery haul this week, I opted for dinner at my favorite Mexican place in the city…
Then on Monday I had a surprise night with my husband celebrating turning 26…
And to be honest, on Tuesday (my actual birthday), I just wanted a night at home loafing around. I scrounged together something for dinner and gave myself permission to watch Lifetime Movies all night long.
So by Wednesday, I forced myself (and I mean had to give myself a big ol’ pep talk to get out the door) to go to the grocery store to pick up a few items to get me through until Sunday, the day I promised myself I’d get back on schedule.
Between the groceries I didn’t end up eating last week and the items I’ve got lying around my pantry, I grabbed just some very, very basic things at Mariano’s for the remainder of this week. I noticed that the prices on almost everything have gone up (is that because the seasons are changing or is there some sort of epidemic going on?), but I didn’t care enough to stick to my usual budget price list.
In short, I was an extremely lazy grocery shopper this week.
This Week’s Grocery Haul Highlights
- Salsa $1.69/16oz jar. This is a go-to for me. I could make my own, but this price can’t be beat. This salsa is made with all natural ingredients with no added sugar.
- Tortilla Chips $2.00/10oz bag. I really wanted corn tortillas for $.39/dozen, but they were out! So I opted for these delicious chips made by Frontera.
- Milk, organic $3.50/half gallon. Roundy’s, Mariano’s store brand, has a ton of variety on quality products at great prices. Their milk is no exception.
- Eggs, organic $3.49/dozen. The cost of conventional eggs is now $2.89/dozen here (thanks, avian flu), so for the want of $.60, I figured it’s worth it to buy better eggs.
- Apples $1.00/lb. These fit within my usual price guidelines. Whoo hoo!
- Avocado $1.50 each. This is so expensive for one avocado! But at least it was jumbo.
- Baby Carrots $1.25/16oz bag. I almost never by baby carrots because they are more expensive than whole, but this week even cutting carrots seemed like too much work.
- Strawberries $3.00/lb. I usually never pay over $2/lb for strawberries, but I just wasn’t ready to accept that berry season is coming to an end. I splurged for these.
Total Spent: $18.47
And when I got home, I took a quick picture of my haul and threw together something to eat in an attempt to use up meat, cheese, and veggies I bought last week at Whole Foods. Because as much as I don’t feel like cooking lately, it also kills me to toss food in the trash. I might as well be chucking dollar bills in there!
The result? These satisfying and quick Lazy Nachos.
How do you motivate yourself to get back into your routine?
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