Thursday, September 15, 2011

Sample Shopping Trip (Pics & Recipes)

After yesterday's post about cost of groceries, I thought I'd post details about our grocery shopping trip last night. I've done this a couple of times in the past, and loved when Leah did it recently as well. Anyway, remember that we do our "big" shopping trip at the beginning of the month for meat, cheese, and pantry staples, and then re-stock dairy and produce as needed, shooting for $50 a week or less for the remaining weeks. This was one of our "re-stock" trips, at our local grocery store (we don't have Kroger/Aldi or anything like that here):


We got: Ice cream, two packs of strawberries, pineapple, whole milk (for J and Lizzy), chocolate cereal, sour cream, a large can of diced tomatoes, two cans of kidney beans, a jar of spaghetti sauce, a thing of BBQ sauce, head of lettuce, green onions, yellow cherry tomatoes, large package of red/yellow/orange peppers, wheat bread, bananas, 6 nectarines, 6 kiwi, pack of veggie noodles, two packs of chili seasoning, and a pack of Ranch seasoning mix.

PS- Justin tossed both the ice cream and chocolate cereal in the cart after he saw that we were WAY under budget. Those are both "luxury" items for us and only go in if we are dramatically under budget due to our beloved "temporary reductions" that the store offers--these are non-advertised, no coupon necessary sales, and they are awesome. (i.e. the ice cream is usually $4.98, but was on temporary reduction for $2.98). Anyway, even with the ice cream and cereal, our grand total was:

I know, I need to repaint my nails!

So, the meals that I plan to make with this are:

Taco Soup
Homemade Pizza {PS- This is the best pizza dough recipe ever.}
Caribbean Jerk Chicken Shishkabobs & Brown Rice
Lighthouse Lasagna
Homemade BBQ Meatballs & Brown Rice
Grilled Chicken and Green Salads

This should get us through next Thursday at the very least, and the following week's food are mostly things I've already frozen, so hopefully next week's shopping trip will be very small like this one as well.

So for those of you who asked, there you go!


  1. After reading your post yesterday I was seriously thinking about doing a post like this one today after we go grocery shopping! :) I miss that grocery store that you're shopping at, at home! ;)

  2. Love this! What is the cost of living there, compared to the Midwest? Just wondering if I were to go to the grocery store if it would be similar in prices to yours or not.

  3. This post reaffirmed to me that my child drinks WAY too much milk :) We have to buy at least 2 gallons a week.

    <---gonna buy a cow ;)

  4. Meredith, what do you all eat for lunch?

  5. I miss that store too! They always have great prices and yummy produce. The one here in Bend isn't the same. Different owners maybe? I bet I'd end up around $50 buying those same items here.

  6. ugh. we spend way too much on groceries. impressive my friend, impressive.

  7. wow, you nailed it. Do you ever shop at Fred Meyers? The one in Portland always has some great deals, especially if you use their in-store coupon.

  8. This is REALLY random, but did they charge you twice for 1 carton of sour cream?

  9. I love this stuff... I love seeing what other pople buy at the store. Weird right? Taco soup is showing up on next meal plan.

  10. This is so awesome! I am desperately trying to cut our budget but it is not going well. Have you done a post on your monthly trip? I will check the links. Thanks for sharing. I have so many questions about.your strategy.

  11. No wonder why you often shop there for groceries! Their products are good. Hmm, anyway, can I ask a question? Do you consider product labels when you buy goods? I mean, do the designs attract you?


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