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$50 Grocery Week - I did it!

By Julie Norman

Finally!  I managed to only spend $50 at the grocery store this week.  That's right.  I finally did it. Every week I go with the intention of only spending a certain amount.  I get sidetracked in the produce aisle by on-sale asparagus, mangos, brussels sprouts, etc.  Before I've even left this section of the store I"ve spent $20.  A good, healthy $20, but still.  It's a bit much sometimes.  On Monday, however, I was determined.  I knew I had extra savings on avocados, a coupon for shredded cabbage (yes, a head of cabbage can be super cheap, but I can't shred it as finely as we like for coleslaw) and discounts on apples.  I also knew that at home I had plenty of green veggies.  SO even though the asparagus was on sale, I bypassed (besides we'd eaten two pounds of it in the past week...).

I would not let myself gaze at all the produce just waiting for me to purchase it.  I got my avos, my slaw mix, onions and potatoes like I'd planned, and picked up some apples and bananas. I moved on. I even, for my meager $50 this week, managed to find a 2lb package of boneless, skinless chicken thighs for $4!

I thought I was a goner though when I hit the soda aisle.  Note: Soda is BAD FOR YOU.  But so is stress.  Do I stress about what the soda might be doing to me? Do I stress about what to replace the soda with? or do I not drink the soda? Eh, it evens out I think.  Anyway, for whatever reason the Safeway "Refresh" brand of diet lemon lime soda has been gone for weeks. The BF takes a soda with his lunch every day and at this point I thought I was going to have to suck it up and spend $6 on a 12-pack of Sprite. I was gritting my teeth as I placed it in the cart.  Stupid soda.  I am NOT making a separate trip to another grocery store just to buy soda.  This is ridiculous.  I swear I'll....oooh hey! What's that? Sprite ZERO (isn't it the same as diet Sprite?) was on sale for $2.67.  Hellllooooo!  Then...Hey! Look!  7up TEN is even less!  $2.47! So in went the 7-Up Ten and out went the Sprite.  I'll tell you though, 7-Up Ten tastes a little different.  I'm sure we'll get used to it; for $2.47 we certainly will.

Anyway, in the end my total for the week was a mere $51.35.  Can I keep up the good work?  Stay tuned to find out!

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