I did a bit more grocery shopping today:
1 gallon milk = $2.59
5 lb. flour = $1.79 (sale price; didn't make a note of regular price)
6 cans of soup, @ $.49 with purchase of 6; regular price $.99@ = $2.94 ($5.94 if I had paid regular price)
Total paid for food = $7.32
Had I paid full price for the canned soup, the total would have been $10.32
(I also bought a bag of cat food for $9.99 + $.90 tax, but that's not included in grocery budget).
November grocery totals to date: $9.36 + $29.48 + $16.47 + $39.81 + $7.32 = $102.44
There seems to be some concern that my grocery budget is
inadequate, that I am not getting enough nutrition. I've set my budget
at $75 for myself, going up to $100 when daughter is home for frequent
visits, because I make it a point to buy mostly those items that are on
sale. I generally buy only a handful of items at regular prices. They
include milk, eggs if absolutely necessary, my tea of choice, etc. I
believe, if I paid regular prices, my grocery bill will be at least
twice or even three times as much.
When I first started
keeping a grocery budget, I set up a price book, noting the regular
prices of most of the items I'd regularly buy and their regular "sale"
prices (the prices at which they'd most often be reduced to). I also
made a note of the "best" sale prices, which are the lowest prices
they'd be offered for sale. Usually, these "best" prices are what are
known as "loss leader" offers - when grocery stores put them on sale at a
price that will be a loss of profit for them, but they do it to lure
shoppers to their stores, in the hopes that while at the store they will
also buy other items that are not on sale. Not everyone will buy only
the loss leaders.
This week, several stores are offering
grapes on sale. The sale prices vary from $1.69/lb. to $.89/lb. I
chose to skip the store with the lowest price and go to one where grapes
were selling for $.99/lb., because that store also had other items that
I wanted on sale, including salmon at $3.49/lb. It was a good
compromise for me.
Today, I cooked the pork chops and the
chicken breast I bought on Saturday. They'll be frozen for later - I am
mostly cooking for the freezer, this month, for when I am having
treatment and won't be feeling up to cooking much.
made bread rolls with a ground beef filling, using one of the packets of
frozen bread dough I had bought earlier. The package held 3 loaves of
dough; I cut each loaf into 8 pieces and made 24 rolls:
|Ground Beef Filled Bread Rolls|
I ate two of the rolls for my dinner, with apple juice and dates for dessert. I will take two more to the office for my lunch, tomorrow. I'll freeze most of the rest (but might keep another 4 or so in the fridge for office lunches).
Brunch was two pieces of cheese toast and a glass of orange juice. Tangerines for snacks.
Apart from spending $18.21 at the grocery store (for groceries and cat food), I also spent $25.91 for gas for the car (9.5 gallons at $2.72/gal.)
In addition, I vacuumed the house, today, and did a freezer inventory (and cleaned the freezer). I only have the freezer that comes with my side-by-side fridge/freezer, and it is rather full! I tossed 2 bags of watermelon chunks I had frozen with the intention of making jam, in order to make room for all the food I am cooking and baking!
Today, I am grateful for:
- The little rain shower (well, it was mostly drizzle, but we'll take what we can get)
- Being well enough to vacuum again
- Bulk cooking and baking
- A full freezer and full cupboards
- Video chatting with daughter
How was your Sunday?