Have you ever challenged yourself to eat through your pantry and freezer? So often, I find that I have way more food in my tiny kitchen apartment than I think I do. Every week before heading to the grocery store, I do a quick inventory of what I have leftover from the week before and make a list of what to stock up on.
This week, however, I looked a little closer. In my freezer I found 1.5 pounds of ground beef, 2 pounds of pork chops, a quart of chicken broth, along with the frozen mango and pineapple I’ve had in there for forever. My pantry also had some hidden gems like a steak seasoning mix I’d made up and lost on the back shelf, plus many cans of the incredibly cheap tomato paste and tomato sauce I stocked up on a couple months ago. It’s about time these items get eaten up, so this has become my new challenge: eat what I have.
Instead of doing my regular grocery haul, I just picked up some fresh items to supplement my freezer and pantry collection. And guess what? I was way below my $70 weekly grocery budget.
Total spent: $41.96
I was only going to grab the pack of chicken breast because they were on sale, but then I saw the whole chickens on super clearance. Wait? Wasn’t the point to clean out my freezer? Sometimes I just can’t resist a fabulous deal!
This Week’s Grocery Haul Highlights:
- Whole Chicken $.59/lb @ Jewel!! WHAT?! Their sell by date was the next day, so these went straight into the freezer. Too good of a deal not to buy.
- Boneless/Skinless Chicken Breast $1.88/lb @ Jewel. I typically go for whole chickens because they are cheaper with more uses, but I’ll admit that sometimes it’s nice to have this no-fuss cut of meat on hand. And at this price, it was worth buying.
- Gala Apples $2.49/3lb bag @ Jewel. That comes out to $.83/lb and there are usually 10 small apples in the bag, so they are $.25 each. I’ve been buying this bag of apples for quite a few weeks now. Not only do I love the price, but the size of the apples is perfect. I love having a small apple to munch on as opposed to those ginormous ones.
- Vidalia Onions $.45/lb @ Jewel. I almost always end up getting yellow onions because they are cheapest at around $.55/lb. So happy to get some variety this week at a great price!
Pricing can be silly. Here are some things I’ve discovered at Mariano’s here in Chicago.
- Fresh Express Spinach Large vs. Small Bag
- $1.75 for 8oz, $2.50 for 5oz
- Organic vs. Conventional Salad Blend
- Both are $2.00 for 5oz
- Organic vs. Conventional Baby Carrots
- $1.00 for 16oz organic, $1.25 for 16oz conventional
The items here that you’d expect to be cheaper (i.e. the smaller bag of spinach and the organic items), actually cost more. I don’t typically buy organic because it just doesn’t fit into my current budget; however, sometimes I’ve discovered it’s actually the better deal. (You can read more about my thoughts on organic in this post – CSA Produce Box: Is It Worth It?)
The moral of this story? Don’t just assume you know what’s going to be the best deal. Double checking prices is always a good idea!
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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