I went grocery shopping today, at one of the ethnic grocery stores in the neighborhood. This store has great prices on fresh produce. Even so, I followed my usual practice of buying only those items that are on sale this week - their advertised "weekly specials".
Since I am now buying for one person only, I purchased approx 1 lb. of each fruit and vegetable. I spent a total of $10.14 and bought:
Fruits - banana (1.30 lbs. @ $.49/lb), apples (1.47 lbs. @ $.39/lb), nectarines (1.38 lb. @ $.49/lb), dried tamarind (0.19 lb. @ $1.79/lb; for use as a condiment in curries).
Vegetables - Okra (0.35 lbs. @ $.99/lb), onions (5.13 lbs. @ 6 lb/$1), tomato (.59 lb. @ $.79/lb), red potato (1.43 lb. @ $.29/lb), red lentils (1.74 lbs. @ $1.29/lb)
1 bottle mango juice ($1.29)
1 package amarretti cookies ($2.19)
Earlier this month (on Sept. 4), I had gone grocery shopping and spent $5.60 to buy milk ($3.49), soda ($.99), and bananas
($.69/lb). With today's grocery shopping, I have spent $5.60 + $10.14 = $15.74 on groceries, so far, this month. Which is on target for the 1st week (a monthly budget of $75 works out to $18.75 per week).
This week's meal plan:
What I've listed are the dinners. Breakfasts will be cereal and bananas; snacks/tea time treats will be cookies, crackers, spicy Indian snack mix; desserts will be fresh fruit and chocolate pudding; lunches will be mostly leftovers from the previous night's dinner.
Sunday: smoked sausages, red potatoes, mixed veg; fresh guavas
Monday: Thai fried rice and red chicken curry, leftover from Sunday's lunch (a treat from my friend R.)
Tuesday: ground beef/veggie mixture, sauted okra, rice
Wednesday: smoked sausages, red potatoes, mixed veg
Thursday: omelette curry, lentils, okra, rice
Friday: fried rice? Pasta?
Saturday: To be decided!
I'll most probably go grocery shopping again on Saturday, so Saturday's dinner will depend on what I will buy.
How is your September grocery budget coming along? Are you staying on target for your spending?