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Grocery Shop

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It’s been a bit since I’ve done a weekly grocery haul recap. I’m planning on eating a bit out of our freezer this week, and I was hoping that would keep our grocery bill down, but of course I still managed to spend more than I thought I would.

HPIM3369The list:

  • Bananas
  • Bosc Pears
  • Raspberries
  • Bing Cherries (on sale, but still expensive — but I wanted them)
  • Spinach (2 bags)
  • Kale
  • Sweet Onions
  • Red Onion
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Green Bell Pepper
  • Red Bell Pepper
  • Grape Tomatoes
  • English Cucumber
  • Carrots
  • Collard Greens
  • Navel Orange
  • Romaine Hearts
  • Lemon
  • Spanish Peanuts
  • Chickpeas (2 cans)
  • Canned Whole Tomatoes
  • Whole Wheat Flour
  • Whole Wheat Spaghetti
  • Dried Black-Eyed Peas
  • Dried Black Beans
  • Toilet Paper
  • Frozen Organic Strawberries
  • Organic Skim Milk
  • Mozzarella

All for a total of $53.82. It’s definitely a lot of produce. I guess I was feeling the need to pump myself full of fruits and veggies. We’re just bumming around right now, and we might go on a long walk in a bit or maybe hit up the gym. Hope you’re all having a fun weekend!

Weekly Grocery Shop

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I’m glad you all enjoyed Brent’s review of the restaurant too! I’ll have to work on getting him to share his wit on the blog more often.

We had a very successful stop at the grocery store today. We spent quite a bit, but we got a lot of stuff.

hpim3160The List:

  • 2 bunches bananas
  • 2 zucchini
  • 3 apples
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 ataulfo mangoes (I have never tried these, but they were tiny and cute and on sale)
  • 2 Roma tomatoes
  • scallions
  • 1 lime
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 sweet onion
  • 2 heads of green cabbages
  • 5lb. red potatoes
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 2 bagged salad mixes
  • garlic
  • strawberries
  • blueberries
  • 2 lbs. of walnuts (huge sale, had to stock up)
  • a potted organic basil plant! 🙂
  • Smucker’s natural peanut butter
  • four fruits preserves
  • 3 Annie’s Mac & Cheese boxes ($1 each!)
  • dried black beans
  • R.W. Knudsen Very Veggie juice (only $0.75 with sale and coupon!)
  • mini white wine bottle
  • soy sauce
  • honey
  • sardines
  • organic brown eggs
  • organic skim milk
  • Stoneyfield plain yogurt
  • cream cheese
  • cheddar
  • frozen peas
  • dish soap
  • dishwasher detergent
  • trash bags

Our total was $73.74, but according to the receipt, we saved $28.24 with sales and coupons! This sort of thing really excites me.

Well we just got back from a run at the gym, so I’ve got to grab lunch and get some serious work done on my micro exam because we’re meeting friends for bowling tonight, which I’m really looking forward to! Hope you’re all having a great weekend!

Produce Replenished

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I got my shopping trip done, although my planning was a little sketchy, so I’m hoping I have enough meal ingredients.

hpim29823The List:

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Huge bag of spinach
  • Spanish onions
  • Red onion
  • Broccoli
  • Celery
  • Russet potato
  • Strawberries
  • Salad mix
  • Sun-dried tomatoes
  • Asparagus
  • Cremini mushrooms
  • Carrots
  • Avocado
  • Red bell pepper
  • Green bell pepper
  • Almonds
  • Salsa
  • Oats
  • Whole wheat spaghetti
  • Garbanzo Beans
  • Cheddar Puffs (from the clearance cart. I’m hoping they taste like Pirate’s Booty)
  • Milk (not pictured because I forgot it in the car for like 15 minutes)
  • Eggs
  • Cheddar
  • Parmesan
  • Smart Balance Butter Blend (nearly free with coupon)
  • Shrimp

Today’s total: $62.38. I have a few new things I’m making this week, so hopefully that’ll keep the blog kind of interesting. After I put all the groceries away, I took Lucy out for a walk (I can’t handle them both at the same time), and assuming the rain holds off, I’m about to take Larry. It’s 70 degrees outside! For a quick lunch, I made a smoothie using some banana, a tiny handful of frozen blueberries, 2 huge strawberries, and some milk.


A quick rant: As I mentioned, I was walking Lucy, and apparently the warm weather was appealing to a lot of people, understandable. Half my neighborhood was outside, and so were their dogs. I absolutely cannot stand people who let their dogs roam free. Lucy is a total sweetheart, but she’s very particular about what dogs she likes or not, and we had several incidents of dogs running up to us with their owners chasing after them, one of which was a dog Lucy did not like. Lucy was freaking out, I’m trying to remove us from the situation, and there’s like a 10 year old trying to capture this huge Golden Retriever. Disaster. If your dog is outside, I don’t care how well-trained you think it is, it should be in a fenced yard or on a leash.

Mostly Produce

You may not have gathered the full awesomeness from Brent’s post, but last night’s dinner was so good!! The avocado buttermilk dressing on the salad is my absolute favorite dressing I have ever had! And, we have leftovers! So I made sure to pick up some salad to have tonight to use it up. Also the pasta was amazing. Brent’s right. I think it would be really great without the lobster as well (and way cheaper), but the lemony beets were amazing in it. Just the right burst of acidity. Yum! I wish I could eat it again tonight. 🙂

This month’s budget has really kind of been blown through, so we’re out of fun money thanks to last night’s meal, and the food budget is going to be tight too, so groceries have to be cheap this week and next. Here’s this week’s haul.

  • cauliflower
  • limes
  • lemon
  • onions
  • parsnip
  • pear
  • bok choy
  • salad mixes
  • carrots
  • rosemary
  • cucumber
  • bananas
  • apples
  • red lentils
  • oatmeal
  • whole wheat spaghetti
  • milk
  • mozzarella
  • Parmesan

All for a super cheap total of $39.62, plus Brent got eggs and coffee first thing this morning, so add like another $5 to that.

See you all for dinner. We’re trying a new recipe, so I hope it’s good!

Friday Night Cocktail & Saturday Night Grocery Shop

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After the week we had, I felt a Friday Night Cocktail was a must. We didn’t want to really buy alcohol, so I used what we had in the house: tequila! I made a tequila sunrise with 1 ounce tequila, 4 ounces orange juice, and a splash of grenadine.


I had a fairly full day today. From 10-2 I was attending volunteer training at our local animal shelter, where I’ll be volunteering one afternoon a week. I’m happy to be helping, because this is the same place we got Larry from. (Brent has made me promise I won’t bring anymore dogs into our home :)) After that, I studied a bit, made it to the gym for a run, and then went grocery shopping.

This week’s meal planning was a little unusual because we’ll be gone on Thursday and Friday. My brother’s graduation from basic combat training in Friday morning in Fort Knox, so we’ll be traveling down there and spending Thursday with my family and coming back Friday afternoon, so we bought quite a few car snacks so we don’t have to stop for food during the drives.


hpim2719THE LIST:

  • eggplant
  • shallots
  • onions
  • ginger
  • cilantro
  • garlic
  • Yukon Gold potatoes
  • bananas
  • 1 sweet potato
  • apples
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 Roma tomato
  • Dates (I’m making my BSI entry tomorrow morning!)
  • cumin
  • 14oz can diced tomatoes
  • 28oz can crushed tomatoes
  • Celestial Seasonings Chocolate Caramel Enchantment Chai tea
  • tortilla chips
  • little bag of kettle chips
  • Planter’s Fruit & Nut Trail Mix
  • KIND Almond Coconut Bar
  • Clif Maple Nut Bar
  • chopped walnuts
  • 1 Chobani Blueberry Greek Yogurt
  • 1 gallon skim milk
  • eggs
  • frozen green beans

All for a grand total of $47.12, and this should feed us until Saturday morning breakfast. 🙂

I hope everyone is having a great weekend! I’m making Brent’s favorite dip and some guacamole for myself for the Super Bowl tomorrow. Yum! Anyone doing anything exciting for it?


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No post for yesterday. It was, perhaps, the laziest day of my life. I napped (more than once), went out to breakfast, went to a party for my friend’s son, and barely made it to the gym 40 minutes before closing, then laid in bed some more. It was glorious, and I enjoyed it very much, but now I’ve really got to buckle down and do some studying!

Our grocery total was definitely up there this week, at the absolute maximum I like it to be, but I feel OK about it since we had run out of a lot of stuff the past few weeks. One of the reasons it was higher than normal was because I didn’t feel like making soup this week, shocking I know, and so lunches gave me more trouble. Besides being convenient and easy, soup is also really cheap for me, so I think I may be returning to it next week.



  • Salad mixes (3 for $5)
  • 1 Roma tomato
  • 2 bunches scallions
  • 1 lime
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 1 head of garlic
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 3 lbs. carrots
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 1 bunch celery
  • 1 Spanish onion
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 orange bell pepper
  • bananas
  • Fuji apples



  • 1 packet smoked salmon
  • 3 cans tuna in water
  • 1 tin sardines in oil
  • 1 package corn tortillas
  • Handcrafted salsa (huge splurge because Brent doesn’t like most jarred salsas, but he approved of this one)
  • oats
  • roasted red peppers
  • Arborio rice
  • 1 lb. dried black beans
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 1 dozen eggs
  • 1 gallon skim milk
  • sour cream
  • organic Monterey Pepper Jack cheese
  • 12oz frozen shrimp
  • shampoo
  • 2 body washes (buy 1 get 1 free)

All of this for a grand total for $78 even. We probably could have made this cheaper, but there were a few new recipes we wanted to try that called for things we didn’t have on hand. So, hopefully everything we eat this week tastes great. 🙂

Grocery Shop Recap

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Brent and I have a pretty strict budget for our groceries, especially since I quit my job and started school, and I know everyone else is really trying to watch their spending as well, so I thought a recap of our weekly grocery shop might be kind of interesting, or maybe not. But here goes:

hpim2563And the contents of a bag I forgot about until 5 minutes later:


Our purchases included:


  • 3lbs. carrots
  • 1 bunch celery
  • 2 Spanish onions
  • 1 head garlic
  • 2 red potatoes
  • 3 lemons
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 1 mango
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1 bunch scallions
  • 2 Roma tomatoes
  • 1 bunch basil
  • 2 bunches bananas
  • 3 Jonagold apples

Pantry Items:

  • 1 block Extra-Firm tofu
  • 28oz can whole peeled tomatoes
  • bottle of Sriracha (this is all Brent)
  • bottle of soy sauce
  • dried black beans
  • 14oz can Cannellini beans (couldn’t find dried)
  • 1 tube tomato paste (I used to buy the cans, but I’m trying to not waste and even though this cost more, I thought it might be more useful)
  • Flat Earth Tomato Ranch chips
  • Erin Bakes Double Chocolate Granola (on clearance for $2.50!)
  • 6 pack beer

Cold Case Items:

  • 1 gallon skim milk
  • 2 dozen eggs
  • 1 pint 2% milk
  • 8oz mozzarella
  • frozen peas

And a bottle of hair conditioner on clearance. All for a grand total of: $58.51!!

When I grocery shop I go in with a list that has the meals I’m planning on making for the week, with three columns for produce, pantry and cold under that. While I’m shopping, I write the (approximate) cost of each item next to it so that I can keep track of how I’m doing on the budget, which allows me to make any changes if necessary, or get fun things like chocolate granola (and beer for Brent) if I know I have more wiggle room. My mom thinks it’s weird I plan this much, but I think it’s crazy she doesn’t. I plan even more than I used to, now that we have specific monetary goals to reach. I don’t do a lot of the typical grocery savings things, like scan the sales paper or use coupons. I tried for a while, but frankly I didn’t really come across any coupons for things we buy, and I don’t really like planning my meals around what the grocery store is trying to get rid of that week. I much prefer to just plan what I want around staples I know are cheap, like pasta, eggs, and beans.

I have definitely improved though. I would say last year (before October) I was spending an average of $120-$150 a week on food between going out to eat and groceries, and now all food and beverage spending is under $350 a month, including any eating out (which definitely doesn’t happen often). I might be able to make it cheaper, but it would completely take the joy out of it if we couldn’t do things like the Friday night cocktails or drink beer or wine, or get a bag of chips or whatever.

I wanted to get a few Z-Bars because I have class from 6-10pm 3 nights a week!! and I thought having a little snack would be nice, but I saw the granola and thought I would try that instead, so I’m planning on bringing a little cup of it with me on those nights. I’ll let you know how it is.

We’re still getting hit hard with the snow. Have a nice Sunday!!