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
- bok choy
- 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
- cooking spray
- Silk creamer
- Silk coconut/almond milk (2/$5.00!)
- frozen cherries and blueberries
Now, the culprits here were abundant.
- 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
- 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.
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?