$50 Grocery Week - I did it!
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!