Grocery Geek: I’m Still Here

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grocerygeek-gceSo, my grocery shopping for the last couple weeks has been a little bit lackadaisical. I’ve needed to delegate. And with delegation comes the relinquishment of control, particularly control over pricing.

My husband excels at following directions. He knows that I want certain things. So, he’ll get them if they are on the list. Rarely does he go beyond the list. But, he also doesn’t have the freedom to veto something because spending has gone high. I’m not sure if any of that happened. I’m just saying. He did most of the shopping and I don’t really mind if we went over.

Also, he can’t read my mind if I forget to put something on the list. Yes, really.

Walmart and Vons

Walmart, Sprouts, and Vons

One day we did a trifecta of shopping. A random hodge podge of stuff I needed from three different stores: eggs, milk, cottage cheese, oil, fruit, onions, chicken, and mushrooms.

Total spent: $35

sprouts sept


Another trip to Sprouts for milk, eggs, cheese, rice, and produce.

Total spent: $25

walmart sept


Walmart, again

Walmart is pretty close to our house, so it’s easier just to run there for quick things, especially canned goods.

Total spent: 35

trader joe's sept

Trader Joe’s

I sent hubs to Trader Joe’s with a list. Twice. Once is pictured.

Total spent: $160

target taco night


Last Friday I was too tired to do pizza night, so we did a deluxe taco night instead. It was a huge hit and just a fraction of what Friday night takeout would have been.

Total spent $20

walmart septWalmart, again

The girl and I went to Walmart to stock up on canned goods and grab a few extras.

Total spent : $65

Total spent for two weeks $340

MTD: $515

We haven’t had a produce box for the last couple weeks and it’s shown. I think I might be missing a trip somewhere, too. Sorry. We’re out of milk. Again. These kids, it’s like they want to eat every day. šŸ˜‰

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  1. Hi Jessica!
    Where do you typically buy non-food items? I often pick up toiletries and such at the grocery store out of convenience and that’s where I get into trouble.

    • I order toilet paper from Amazon so that we never run out. I get vinegar and baking soda for cleaning at Costco. We buy soap and toothpaste at Trader Joe’s. Most of the other stuff is Walmart.

  2. Brandette W. says:

    Hi, Jessica!

    I love these posts! I know that it is a bit more work for you now and a little harder to do with all the documenting and pictures, so I wanted you to know how very much I look forward to these posts and reading what you share. Thank you for taking the time to do this for us.

    I was wondering something, if you had a moment to help. I notice in your posts that you always buy Sunflower oil instead of say canola or vegetable. I was wondering why you chose Sunflower to use? I use canola, although very sparingly in recipes so I was wondering if there is something I don’t know and Sunflower is a better option. Do you use it in baking recipes that call for oil, how else do you utilize it? Just curious if it would make sense to switch us over to it instead of Canola. Any insight you have, I would greatly appreciate it if you didn’t mind taking a moment to share.

    Thank you again for all that you share and do for us readers!!

    • Thanks for your kind words! I know this is a favorite feature, so I’m doing my best to keep it alive. šŸ™‚

      Good eye on the sunflower. Yes, I’ve made the switch and no longer buy canola or vegetable. I’ve done some reading to suggest that Canola is not the best for us, so I’ve cut it out. Vegetable oil is typically made with soy or corn which are generally GMO’d, something I’m trying to avoid.

      Sunflower is a light-tasting oil good for baking and frying. It’s widely used throughout France. While it seems to have its negatives as well, it’s one that I’ve landed on for the time being. I’m sure someone will have reason to argue with me. Fats are so confusing!

      I’ve found my happy place with butter, olive oil, sunflower, and coconut. At least for the time being. šŸ™‚

      • Brandette W. says:

        Thank you, thank you, thank you for the quick reply. I am going to look into it and see if my Walmart carries it and what the cost is. We don’t use it too often as I usually use greek yogurt or applesauce primarily in my baking and we don’t fry food….so a bottle or two a year would probably be it for us I am thinking. I also have olive oil and coconut oil in my pantry. I use the olive oil for marinades and homemade salad dressings primarily, but have not really dug into the jar of coconut oil yet. I am not sure what to do with it!

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