Grocery Geek: Plugging Along

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This month was the first in quite some time when I cooked and shopped for the month all at one time. Previously, I was doing a mixture of nightly cooking and “make-ahead and freeze”. I can’t tell you how nice it has been to have part or all of a meal made in advance!

I’ve simplified my weeks so much, especially when it comes to grocery shopping. It’s so, so freeing.

This month, though, I shopped and cooked for dinners only. Breakfasts and lunches have been a little haphazard. And when that happens, I tend to spend money at Trader Joe’s!

(Honestly, the time change has kicked my tail and serving the kids cold cereal for breakfast has won over many, many days. It doesn’t help that there hasn’t been a good sale on oats in awhile. Our granola and oatmeal days are pretty sparse.)

So, here’s the shopping report for the week:

Trader Joe’s

My trip to Trader Joe’s included rice, cheese, bread, butter, milk, crackers, cereal, apples, sunbutter, salsa, almonds, cream, yogurt, and chocolate.

Total spent $100


At Ralphs, I got the hot dogs and the eggs free with store coupons. The chips were a buck a bag. The chicken legs (for my rebel no-turkey Thanksgiving) were half-off. I also got coffee and milk.

Total spent $18


The Costco stop got me bagels, cheese, milk, half and half and a big turkey breast.

Total spent $47

Abundant Harvest Organics

We won’t be getting a produce box next week for the holiday, so we’re stretching this one out without a problem. The box had turnips, carrots, beets, lettuce, carrots, cabbage, pears, beans, sweet potatoes, spinach, squash, popcorn, peppers, and persimmons. I also ordered some pea tendrils – oh happy day!

Total spent $40

Weekly total = $205

MTD Expenses = $722

Obviously, I’m not going to be under my ideal of $800 this month, thanks to Thanksgiving. We don’t have potatoes, cranberries, or a myriad of other items that we “have to have” on the holiday. Plus, there’s still another week in the month after that big meal. But, we’ll have plenty of surplus to carry us into December. We haven’t made a dent in our freezer meals.

How are you geeking out over groceries?

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  1. So far so good. I think I have just about everything bought for Thanksgiving and I am going to do some work in advance and see if that helps keep me from freaking out on the big day. I am going to freeze the mashed potatoes and try making those butterhorns and freeze them tomorrow so all I have to do is thaw and bake. I did notice prices had gone up at the store again this week on the basics like milk, eggs, and oats. I don’t have to make dinner Wed night because our church has a big dinner every night so all we have to do is bring a large side which is easy and fun. We are going to be having leftovers on Friday and freezing turkey and ham to turn into new dishes so that nobody gets tired of them. I am looking forward to pie for breakfast, it has fruit in it right?

  2. These are my favorite posts of yours. In fact, I just referred my newly married young friend to your website. She’s struggling with keeping her grocery budget under control, so I emailed her & linked directly to your last few grocery geek posts. These posts also help me. I’m a homeschooling mom of seven, so I’m feeding a crew similar to yours. I feel like I’m actually getting helpful information & a good gauge for my own budget through these posts. So keep up the good work!

  3. I agree with Melissa: these are my favorite posts, too. We are keeping on track on the grocery budget this month, mostly due to the Albertsons gift card deal. We needed some home repair supplies, so the “Buy 100 dollars of Lowes gift cards and get 20 dollars in free groceries” was a timely deal for us.

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