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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

I "saved" $25 on my grocery bill

I went on my first full shopping trip since relocating and moving into my apartment. I looked at the current balance of my grocery bill in horror. How on earth was it at $79 already? And they still were ringing up my order!! The grand total was $95, then they swiped my Ralph's card and it dropped to $70. It is ridiculous that they do that. It is just forcing you to use a grocery card if you want any discounts at all.

Anyway, $70 is still much more than I spend on weekly groceries. About double! Although part of it was because I'm restocking almost everything, it still was a bit excessive. I think my solution will be to make this last two weeks.... so no new groceries until Februrary 12th! I am pretty sure I can do it. When I complain there is no food to eat, I usually mean, there is nothing I feel like cooking and eating.

What on earth did I buy? Well, I won't copy my whole long receipt, but here are some of the more expensive items on the list.
Chicken breast fillets $8.90. I don't usually buy meat, actually. I'm not vegetarian, but I'm not a big fan of meat and I don't really know how to prepare it well.
Frozen Strawberries, huge bag, $8.50 (should last a very long time. For smoothies)
Lunch meat, 2 packages, $5 (much cheaper than buying a sandwhich!)
Peperoni to make English muffin pizza's: $3.50
Lunch cheese
: $4.19, I forgot to price shop this I think
I also bought butter, milk, bananas, coffee creamer, 2 boxes of cereal, frozen broccoli and lots of other miscellaneous items.

There were some things on the list I didn't get. I had a frugal recipe that called for ziti, so I set out to the pasta isle. When I didn't find it, I realized I wasn't entirely sure if ziti was pasta at all. Maybe it was a cheese? So I'm back at home, ziti-less and just looked it up. It was pasta after all. I also could not find any muffin mix to make bran muffins. Maybe no one else likes them?

I liked to have a grocery budget of about $120/month, but I may have to up it. We'll see.

3 comments:

Well-Heeled said...

Try Trader Joe's - their prices are pretty low compared to Ralphs or Vons, and they don't need a card. :)

There are also a ton of farmer's markets around on the weekends (Hollywood, Santa Monica, etc.)

E.C. said...

With any luck, your grocery bills will go down in a month or two once you've laid in supplies of freezer and pantry staples. Shop around, but you may have to adjust your budget for now.

SavingDiva said...

I also think TJ's is great! Especially for pasta and frozen fruit....

Ziti is a pasta http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ziti
It refers to a certain shape of noodle. You can always use penne or rigatoni instead...

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

I "saved" $25 on my grocery bill

I went on my first full shopping trip since relocating and moving into my apartment. I looked at the current balance of my grocery bill in horror. How on earth was it at $79 already? And they still were ringing up my order!! The grand total was $95, then they swiped my Ralph's card and it dropped to $70. It is ridiculous that they do that. It is just forcing you to use a grocery card if you want any discounts at all.

Anyway, $70 is still much more than I spend on weekly groceries. About double! Although part of it was because I'm restocking almost everything, it still was a bit excessive. I think my solution will be to make this last two weeks.... so no new groceries until Februrary 12th! I am pretty sure I can do it. When I complain there is no food to eat, I usually mean, there is nothing I feel like cooking and eating.

What on earth did I buy? Well, I won't copy my whole long receipt, but here are some of the more expensive items on the list.
Chicken breast fillets $8.90. I don't usually buy meat, actually. I'm not vegetarian, but I'm not a big fan of meat and I don't really know how to prepare it well.
Frozen Strawberries, huge bag, $8.50 (should last a very long time. For smoothies)
Lunch meat, 2 packages, $5 (much cheaper than buying a sandwhich!)
Peperoni to make English muffin pizza's: $3.50
Lunch cheese
: $4.19, I forgot to price shop this I think
I also bought butter, milk, bananas, coffee creamer, 2 boxes of cereal, frozen broccoli and lots of other miscellaneous items.

There were some things on the list I didn't get. I had a frugal recipe that called for ziti, so I set out to the pasta isle. When I didn't find it, I realized I wasn't entirely sure if ziti was pasta at all. Maybe it was a cheese? So I'm back at home, ziti-less and just looked it up. It was pasta after all. I also could not find any muffin mix to make bran muffins. Maybe no one else likes them?

I liked to have a grocery budget of about $120/month, but I may have to up it. We'll see.

3 comments:

Well-Heeled said...

Try Trader Joe's - their prices are pretty low compared to Ralphs or Vons, and they don't need a card. :)

There are also a ton of farmer's markets around on the weekends (Hollywood, Santa Monica, etc.)

E.C. said...

With any luck, your grocery bills will go down in a month or two once you've laid in supplies of freezer and pantry staples. Shop around, but you may have to adjust your budget for now.

SavingDiva said...

I also think TJ's is great! Especially for pasta and frozen fruit....

Ziti is a pasta http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ziti
It refers to a certain shape of noodle. You can always use penne or rigatoni instead...

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

I "saved" $25 on my grocery bill

I went on my first full shopping trip since relocating and moving into my apartment. I looked at the current balance of my grocery bill in horror. How on earth was it at $79 already? And they still were ringing up my order!! The grand total was $95, then they swiped my Ralph's card and it dropped to $70. It is ridiculous that they do that. It is just forcing you to use a grocery card if you want any discounts at all.

Anyway, $70 is still much more than I spend on weekly groceries. About double! Although part of it was because I'm restocking almost everything, it still was a bit excessive. I think my solution will be to make this last two weeks.... so no new groceries until Februrary 12th! I am pretty sure I can do it. When I complain there is no food to eat, I usually mean, there is nothing I feel like cooking and eating.

What on earth did I buy? Well, I won't copy my whole long receipt, but here are some of the more expensive items on the list.
Chicken breast fillets $8.90. I don't usually buy meat, actually. I'm not vegetarian, but I'm not a big fan of meat and I don't really know how to prepare it well.
Frozen Strawberries, huge bag, $8.50 (should last a very long time. For smoothies)
Lunch meat, 2 packages, $5 (much cheaper than buying a sandwhich!)
Peperoni to make English muffin pizza's: $3.50
Lunch cheese
: $4.19, I forgot to price shop this I think
I also bought butter, milk, bananas, coffee creamer, 2 boxes of cereal, frozen broccoli and lots of other miscellaneous items.

There were some things on the list I didn't get. I had a frugal recipe that called for ziti, so I set out to the pasta isle. When I didn't find it, I realized I wasn't entirely sure if ziti was pasta at all. Maybe it was a cheese? So I'm back at home, ziti-less and just looked it up. It was pasta after all. I also could not find any muffin mix to make bran muffins. Maybe no one else likes them?

I liked to have a grocery budget of about $120/month, but I may have to up it. We'll see.

3 comments:

Well-Heeled said...

Try Trader Joe's - their prices are pretty low compared to Ralphs or Vons, and they don't need a card. :)

There are also a ton of farmer's markets around on the weekends (Hollywood, Santa Monica, etc.)

E.C. said...

With any luck, your grocery bills will go down in a month or two once you've laid in supplies of freezer and pantry staples. Shop around, but you may have to adjust your budget for now.

SavingDiva said...

I also think TJ's is great! Especially for pasta and frozen fruit....

Ziti is a pasta http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ziti
It refers to a certain shape of noodle. You can always use penne or rigatoni instead...

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

I "saved" $25 on my grocery bill

I went on my first full shopping trip since relocating and moving into my apartment. I looked at the current balance of my grocery bill in horror. How on earth was it at $79 already? And they still were ringing up my order!! The grand total was $95, then they swiped my Ralph's card and it dropped to $70. It is ridiculous that they do that. It is just forcing you to use a grocery card if you want any discounts at all.

Anyway, $70 is still much more than I spend on weekly groceries. About double! Although part of it was because I'm restocking almost everything, it still was a bit excessive. I think my solution will be to make this last two weeks.... so no new groceries until Februrary 12th! I am pretty sure I can do it. When I complain there is no food to eat, I usually mean, there is nothing I feel like cooking and eating.

What on earth did I buy? Well, I won't copy my whole long receipt, but here are some of the more expensive items on the list.
Chicken breast fillets $8.90. I don't usually buy meat, actually. I'm not vegetarian, but I'm not a big fan of meat and I don't really know how to prepare it well.
Frozen Strawberries, huge bag, $8.50 (should last a very long time. For smoothies)
Lunch meat, 2 packages, $5 (much cheaper than buying a sandwhich!)
Peperoni to make English muffin pizza's: $3.50
Lunch cheese
: $4.19, I forgot to price shop this I think
I also bought butter, milk, bananas, coffee creamer, 2 boxes of cereal, frozen broccoli and lots of other miscellaneous items.

There were some things on the list I didn't get. I had a frugal recipe that called for ziti, so I set out to the pasta isle. When I didn't find it, I realized I wasn't entirely sure if ziti was pasta at all. Maybe it was a cheese? So I'm back at home, ziti-less and just looked it up. It was pasta after all. I also could not find any muffin mix to make bran muffins. Maybe no one else likes them?

I liked to have a grocery budget of about $120/month, but I may have to up it. We'll see.

3 comments:

Well-Heeled said...

Try Trader Joe's - their prices are pretty low compared to Ralphs or Vons, and they don't need a card. :)

There are also a ton of farmer's markets around on the weekends (Hollywood, Santa Monica, etc.)


E.C. said...

With any luck, your grocery bills will go down in a month or two once you've laid in supplies of freezer and pantry staples. Shop around, but you may have to adjust your budget for now.


SavingDiva said...

I also think TJ's is great! Especially for pasta and frozen fruit....

Ziti is a pasta http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ziti
It refers to a certain shape of noodle. You can always use penne or rigatoni instead...