|September 18 Groceries|
The photo above includes the apple bananas my friend gave me (in the front). They are very reminiscent to a type of banana we used to have in Sri Lanka. There were about 5 or 6 varieties that were commonly available, including long green ones (the peels remained green even when ripe) and red ones that were my favorite. As far as I remember, we didn't have the Cavendish bananas, which are the most commonly available bananas in the supermarkets, here.
I had bought some green grapes for $.99/lb. on Thursday, September 14. It came to $1.24 and brought up the total spent on groceries this month to $9.73.
On Monday, I did the rest of my grocery shopping for the week. I went to the Armenian store and bought:
2 packets (8 oz. each) of pita bread, @$.50 = $1.00
2 packets of chocolate wafer cookies, @$.69 = $1.38
Bananas @$.49/lb. = $.69
Red grapes @$.99/lb. = $1.95
Red plums @$.49/lb. = $.33
Mediterranean cucumbers @$.99/lb = $.55
Yellow onions, @$.33/lb. = $.18
1 cabbage, @$.25/lb. = $.35
Total = $6.43
The chocolate wafer cookies don't come under any of the categories I was going to buy this month (dairy, bread, fresh produce), but it was on sale (regular price is $.99) and I like to have them on hand.
I also bought a package of smoked sausage for the prayer gathering dinner. I have learned from experience to buy certain items when they have it at this store, because they don't always stock those items and the item might not be available when you do want it. 14 oz. packages of smoked sausages sometimes go on sale for $1.99 at the supermarkets, but, more often, they go on sale for $2.50 each. At $4.49 for 42 oz., 14 oz. would come to $1.49; a good price at which to buy.
1 smoked sausage, 42 oz. (2.8lbs) = $4.49
|September 18 Grocery Receipt|
I budget separately for the prayer gathering dinner, which I add to my October grocery budget, so the $4.49 for the sausage is not being included in the regular September grocery budget.
I also stopped at a regular supermarket to buy milk (1/2 gallon; $1.99) and four sponge cakes (@$.50 = $2.00). My total came to $3.99. (I also bought another bag of cat food, but that's not part of my grocery budget.)
|2nd Receipt for 9/18 Groceries|
I didn't take a picture of the sponge cakes, but they look like muffins or unfrosted cupcakes. They are identified as Hispanic pastry in the receipt.
So, in week 2, I spent: $1.24 + $6.43 + $3.99 = $11.66
Total spent so far in September = $8.49 + $11.66 = $20.15
It looks like I'll be able to keep to my goal of spending under $40 for groceries in September, without any difficulty.
I pulled out another packet of marinated beef steak to thaw. I will cook it tonight for dinner, to eat with the pita bread.
How are you coming along with your grocery shopping this month?