I’m so excited because my BFF is coming to Chicago this weekend! We are going to have a fab fille* frenzy, which definitely means eating out. So with that, my grocery haul was a little lighter this week. I spent $35.71 at Mariano’s for the basics, $18.71 at Trader Joe’s for some specialty items, and $3.07 at TJ Maxx to restock my salt supply. Total spent: $57.49.
*Fille is French for girl. We met when studying abroad in France, so we speak Franglais.
- Coconut Oil!! $5.99/16oz jar at Trader Joe’s. Sure, I could have gotten a huge container at Costco for a little cheaper, but for those that don’t have the warehouse option, I definitely recommend Trader Joe’s coconut oil. You can use this stuff to roast your veggies, make homemade chocolates, and even to remove your makeup. (My max price: $.37/oz or $5.99/16oz jar)
- Mediterranean Sea Salt! $3.00/13.2oz jar @ TJ Maxx. I have a hard time finding sea salt crystal refills for my salt grinder. Most sea salt comes already ground up or you have to buy a new grinder. That’s when I head to TJ Maxx! I can always find the sea salt I’m looking for there – and this week I found it in the clearance section! Also, note the adorable jar that will absolutely be repurposed once that salt is gone. (My max price: $.28/oz)
- Sweet Potatoes! $.75/lb at Mariano’s. I think most of us are in agreement here that sweet potatoes are delicious. The reason I’m so excited about them this week is because they were on sale for $.75/lb. That rivals holiday pricing! (My max price: $.99/lb)
- Beets!! $.39/lb @ Mariano’s. People seem to have an aversion to beets, but I’m not sure why. I’m guessing one bad experience with them, and beets were forever shunned. I, however, am loving this bright red food this winter season!
All I do is scrub my beets clean, toss them with some cooking fat (olive oil, butter, ghee), sprinkle with salt and pepper, and roast at 400F for an hour.
They may take awhile to get soft, but they are so worth the wait! I love their sweet flavor (think carrots) and smooth texture. And yes, we eat the skins. (My max price: $.99/lb)
- Whole Chicken! $1.19/lb at Mariano’s. Why are you all afraid of whole chickens?! Okay, I’ll be honest, it took me a long time before I was able to stop squealing as I took the thing out of its bag. But now I love my whole chicken! It’s so economical and so darn easy. Listen here:
Just put some chopped carrots, celery, and potatoes in the bottom of a slow cooker, put your chicken right on top, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and cook on low for 8 hours.
That’s seriously it. I don’t add any extra oil or liquid. And the meat will literally fall off the bone, so you don’t even have to worry about learning to carve it. Of course you can up your chicken game as you get more comfortable, but if you’re new to this whole chicken thing, start here. Bonus: Use the bones to make chicken stock. (My max price: $1.19/lb)
*Note: Everything pictured is Paleo with the exception of the whole, grass-fed milk and chocolate chips.
So that’s it for the month of February, folks! Want to know if I stayed within my $280 budget ($70/week x 4 weeks)? See below! Also, if you missed any of my hauls, click the link to read all about them.
- February Costco Haul: $71.96
- Week 1 Haul: Mariano’s and Jewel: $56.51
- Week 2 Haul: Mariano’s and Jewel: $51.34
- Week 3 Haul: CSA Produce Box, Mariano’s and Jewel: $48.14
- Week 4 Haul: Mariano’s, Trader Joe’s, and TJ Maxx: $57.49
Total spent on groceries for the month of February: $285.44.
Sooooooooooo close! I should have waited until next week to replenish my coconut oil. You live and you learn.
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