As we all know, last week we celebrated Thanksgiving which just so happens to be my favorite holiday. I find Thanksgiving is a day that I really reflect on the blessings of my family and friends, as well as all the things I’m thankful for. For me, it’s a relaxing holiday filled with good company, good food, and good laughs. And this year was no different!
Ty and I hosted a small gathering at our apartment. I roasted the turkey, made mashed potatoes, and completed both with gravy. And guess what? I didn’t use a recipe for any of it! Okay, so maybe I looked up a handful and got an idea of what I wanted to do, but instead of stressing over following each recipe to a T like I usually do, I was able to relax and trust myself, a sign that my confidence in the kitchen has grown over the last year. Along with my dishes, our guests provided the remaining essentials, including a beautifully crafted apple pie! I’d eat that whole thing again right now if I could.
Many people find hosting can be costly, but around the holidays, the grocery stores are full of good deals! I did my grocery shopping a day early on Saturday instead of my usual Sunday because I wanted to be sure to snatch the great finds before they were gone.
You’ll notice this week that my grocery total is $104, well above my typical $70; HOWEVER, this week I received a $50 gift card from Jewel! This past fall they had a promotion in the pharmacy going – every time you filled a prescription you got a stamp and after you got five stamps, you received a $50 gift card. This was the week I got my final stamp! So I decided to take advantage of my free trip to Jewel and buy a few splurges at Trader Joe’s, specifically the cashew meal (same price as cashew pieces, but less uses), the dark chocolate honey mint (just 3 ingredients!), and the grass-fed cheese (such a great price, but cheese isn’t a regular thing around here). In the end, my out of pocket expenses for the week were only $62.25, just under my usual weekly spending.
- Turkey – $.48/lb @ Jewel; the main event at our table cost only $5 for all 10 lbs!
- Sweet Potatoes – $.29/lb @ Jewel; even though our friend made the sweet potatoes for our feast, I couldn’t pass up this deal for our weekly groceries!
- Broccoli – $.39/lb @ Jewel; we’re going to turn green from all the broccoli I bought!
- Squash (all types) – $.69/lb @ Jewel; I bought one each of spaghetti, acorn, and butternut squash to double as Thanksgiving table decorations and side dishes for the following week.
- Onions – $.99/3lb @ Jewel; at $.33/lb, I couldn’t pass these up!
- Cauliflower – $.95/lb @ Mariano’s; it’s often $1.99/lb for one of my favorite vegetables, so I was please with this sale.
- Clementines – $3.95/3lb @ Mariano’s; a steal of a deal for this perfect lunch bag fruit at $1.32/lb.
- Avocados – $2.99/4ct @ Trader Joe’s; $.75 per small avocado, the perfect size for me. They’ve been running $3.49 per 4ct, so I loved seeing the drop in price.
- SPICES, SPICES, SPICES! Jewel had all their spices on sale. Between now and the end of the year, stock up on spices! With all the holiday baking going on, stores have great deals and many coupons can be found.
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