I just hit the grocery store for some shopping. Let’s just say I spent more than I hoped I would.
For starters, I don’t usually budget my grocery shopping. Which is probably stupid. However, I did take this opportunity to be more mindful of sales, generic items and monitoring needs vs. wants.
My boyfriend requested a butternut squash and goat cheese risotto tonight (I typically hand him a cookbook and ask him to choose something). He also asked me to pick up beer, ham, ramen and swiss cheese. He’s such a boy.
Every time I grocery shop I pick up vegetables. We eat a ton so they never go bad. I’ve gotten into the habit of buying rotisserie chickens from store delis because after we eat the meat (typically used in salads or pastas) I will use the carcass to make chicken stock. I thought that I might pair some chicken with our risotto tonight and make stock (as risotto requires a lot).
I don’t even really like butternut squash (I’m a spring/summer squash person), so you can imagine my dismay when I discovered the lightest squash they had weighed in at 5 pounds. And I only needed a pound and half. At 99 cents a pound, I wasn’t about to pay 5 bucks. I picked up a few acorn squashes instead.
I needed leeks and onions for the risotto, and picked up an additional onion for the chicken stock. Cauliflower and mushrooms were on sale so I grabbed a package of each. I also picked up two lemons and three bananas.
Acorn Squash – $1.83; Lemons – $1; Leeks – $1.11; Cauliflower – $2.49; Bananas – $1.02; Mushrooms – $2.50; Yellow Onions – $0.63
Total for Produce = $10.58
Organic milk was on sale (horray!). I grabbed an 18 pack of eggs – I love hard-boiled egg whites. I usually try to buy free range, but I ignored my animal-friendly/health-conscious nature to save money (I’m going to hell). My boyfriend wanted Swiss cheese so I grabbed the cheapest package I could find. He also asked for ham. I got 1/2 pound at the deli. The risotto called for aged goat cheese, which this market didn’t even have. I hemmed and hawed and ultimately decided to grab Parmesan instead. I don’t care for goat cheese (too heavy) and we use Parmesan more anyhow. I would have to improvise the recipe.
I took a look at fryer chickens and found that I could get one for cheaper than the deli rotisserie chickens. So I grabbed one. I will roast it myself.
Eggs (18 Pack) – $3; Organic Fat Free Milk – $3.29; Swiss Cheese – $3.59; Deli Ham – $3.98; Parmesan – $4.99; Fryer Chicken – $4.12
Total Meat/Dairy/Deli = $22.97
Grocery (AKA Processed Crap)
My boyfriend is addicted to ramen. Asshole got me addicted as well. I bought 5 packages. We needed ketchup, so I found the cheapest available. I also bought a 24 pack of water (generic) and some sliced wheat bread (we freeze). I grabbed two cans of Swanson’s chicken broth, in case I ran out of stock for the risotto.
Ramen – $1; Bread – $1.99; Ketchup – $2.79; Chicken Broth – $1.60; Water – $3.50
Total Grocery = $10.88
I needed wine and David needed beer. Forestville (cheap as shit but tastes decent) chardonnay was on sale 2 for 7 bucks. I poked around in the beer aisle for awhile before grabbing a 6 pack of Newcastle Brown Ale. And yes, it cost more than TWO bottles of my mine. Next time he gets PBR.
Beer + CRV – $7.29; Wine – $7
Alcohol Total – $14.29
The last thing I bought was a fresh baguette. Because I like them. $1.89. I got a 15 cent rebate for my canvas bags.
All together I spent $61.57, which seems like an awful lot. It should feed us through Wednesday or Thursday of this week, although we’ll need to restock on booze (because we’re alcoholics). Laying it all out makes it seem not so bad, but 60 bucks? I am supposed to be on a $100 a week budget.
What are your thoughts? I can take the criticism. Hit me with your suggestions and critiques.