Grocery Haul + The Culprits

by Jillian on February 2, 2013 · 10 comments

I’ve been making it a habit to stop at the grocery store on Friday after work. Mainly because I don’t have a Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s or any specialty grocers near my house. I’d usually go on Saturday, but it’s worth it to me to get the stuff I really want!

My first stop yesterday was actually during my lunch break. It was so cold out that I figured everything would stay just fine in my car for the day. There’s a market about a mile from my office that has super cheap produce (some local, some not). I ended up leaving with a load for under $40!


  • Heinz simply ketchup
  • 17oz family size hummus ($4.99!)
  • 1.5 dozen eggs (local)
  • fresh basil
  • fresh cilantro
  • bananas
  • bok choy
  • avocados
  • turnips
  • onions
  • zucchini
  • apples
  • red cactus pear (for a cocktail¬†experiment¬†for Joe)

Then, there were a few culprits that got in to the bag.


And I don’t mean Gus.


I mean things that I really didn’t need, like more Chobani, chestnuts (they were $3.99 a pound! I know, it’s not Christmas, but come on!), and Walden Farms 0 calorie BBQ sauce. That’s about $10 right there.

Next up was Fairway Market on my way home from work. I’d been here a while ago, but I must have not been the foodie I am now, because I felt like I was in heaven. Folks, this place may beat Whole Foods for me. They have cheap and organic produce, a hot bar, wine and liquor, a fresh ground coffee station with multiple options, a huge cheese section, an awesome bakery, bulk bins, and just about every foodie product you could possibly want!

As for necessities, they had everything I needed, which doesn’t usually happen at Whole Foods. I’d have to make a stop elsewhere.


  • organic spinach (2/$5.00!)
  • Ezekiel english muffins
  • okra
  • Chobani
  • cooking spray
  • K-cups
  • Silk creamer
  • Silk coconut/almond milk (2/$5.00!)
  • frozen cherries and blueberries
  • Plentils

Now, the culprits here were abundant.


  • dates
  • bulk bin goji berries (!!)
  • 3 year aged cheddar (okay, this is for Joe and I to make egg sandwiches Sunday morning)
  • Walden Farm’s 0 calorie chocolate sauce
  • Arctic Zero
  • Vega savi seeds
  • TruWhip
  • Quinoa (yeah I know, but it wasn’t on my list! I have other grains to use up, but this bag was so cute for $2.99!)
  • Vega protein bar (was on sale for $2.50)
  • Enjoy Life dark chocolate bar


$30 of unneeded items.

The next item is a bit undecided. I would say it’s not a culprit even though it wasn’t on my list. I’ve been wanting to test Psyllium Husk to see if it helps with my digestion. I haven’t talked about it much on here but I’ve been having some issues in that department and hoping this will help.


Let me tell you, I made a protein smoothie with it already and it is definitely a bulking agent. Ha. It was extra thick.

I ate these on the way home because I was starving after spending 2 hours in the grocery store gushing over the all the products.

photo 2

I spent $37.01 at the first stop, $10 of which was unnecessary.


At Fairway, I spent $85.80, $30 of which was not on my list.


So, I spent $122.81, of which about $40 was not on my list. I think I need to make some improvements! I would have spent about $83 if I got only what was on my list, which is about what I spend on a normal week. I would rather go to Fairway, Whole Foods, Trader Joes’s, etc. than Stop n Shop; I think I just need to be more selective in what I put in my cart! Especially because I already have so many unused products already.

  • What are some culprits that end up in your grocery cart?

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles February 2, 2013 at 3:57 pm

That’s been happening a lot to me lately too…I need to reign it in on the grocery spendings a little bit! And I’m curious to see if the psyllium husks work…I’ve been trying to find something to help with my digestive issues, so if you find it helpful I’ll have to pick some up!


2 Jillian February 2, 2013 at 8:34 pm

I’ll let you know, but Claire commented about the fiber in it. I would take her tip. Eek!


3 char eats greens February 2, 2013 at 4:14 pm

I think that’s about what I spent for this past week! And, sometimes it feels like it keeps increasing. I find the sales on groceries aren’t as good in Canada as in the states, so I blame it on that for my grocery bill being so high every week (I kid! …kind of haha).

I hate when I have to restock the essentials that cost a lot like the grains, quinoa and oils!! Where’s the endless pantry when you need it?!

Love all your eats by the way. You’ve inspired me to get my grocery list together for tomorrow!


4 Jillian February 2, 2013 at 8:33 pm

Yeah when things are on sale, I can’t pass it up, especially when it’s something I use a lot. Good luck with your list! Think of me when you want to splurge! :)


5 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More February 2, 2013 at 6:24 pm

More Chobani?! ;) It’s okay, I bought some right BEFORE my shipment came. haha


6 Claire February 2, 2013 at 7:22 pm

I am so jealous of the grocery stores you guys have in the States! Canada needs to catch up ASAP.
I just wanted to say that I have had problems with digestion and what I would recommend is getting INSOLUBLE fibre as opposed to the soluble fibre that psyllium is. Soluble fibre actually slows down movement in the bowels, while insoluble fibre speeds it up. I have had great success with All-Bran type fibre cereal (I found one here that has less sugar than all-bran so I buy that one). I can’t speak ENOUGH to how much adding 1/2 a cup of this a day to my diet has helped.


7 Jillian February 2, 2013 at 8:32 pm

Ahhhh thanks for the tip! So weird, it says on the label it helps digestion. I knew that about soluble vs. insoluble fiber so I should have noticed!


8 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles February 2, 2013 at 10:48 pm

Definitely noted! I’ll have to keep an eye out for All-Bran.


9 Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocoalte February 3, 2013 at 10:15 pm

Oh man, I always have a ton of “culprits” when I grocery shop, especially at Whole Foods. New and exciting things just seem to jump in my cart!


10 Jillian February 4, 2013 at 1:13 pm

It’s a bad habit, but I just love new products! :)


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