Tuesday, September 19, 2017

September Grocery Shopping - Week 2

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.

Smoked Sausage

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?


  1. I enjoy seeing your savings! So that is what apple bananas look like! Interesting! You eat very healthy....Andrea

    1. Apple bananas look a bit like miniature bananas. Oh, I find plenty of non-healthy things to snack on, believe me! :D

  2. You are doing great. I am not keeping my buying as low as I had hoped but we have had several super sales lately so I am stocking up on those while using my existing food storage. (I know that makes no sense to anyone but me.)

    1. Anne, it makes perfect sense to stock up when there are good sales. Canned tuna is on sale for $.50 per 5 oz. can, this week (sales ads came out today), and I will definitely stock up on them.

  3. Good idea to buy the smoked sausage while the store had in and at a price you were comfortable with. I did my weekly shop today and purchased a choice bottom round roast on sale @ $2.99 lb for $6.10 saving $6.12. Will keep in freezer for when the weather finally goes cold. The store is not very busy on a Tuesday but on the other hand there was only one lane open. I ask why and the checker said corporate had given instructions to cut employee hours back. No express line either. Gala apples .99 lb/ bananas .73 lb, English cucumber $1.99. Boston lettuce $2.99 lb - thought you might like to see our prices. You will hands down.

    1. Sandy, that's a very good price on the roast. Choice beef roasts (chuck/London broil/round) are on sale at the Kroger-affiliate store here at $3.88 this week. The other two stores I regularly go to haven't advertised it. Gala apples are on sale for $.79/lb. at the Kroger-affiliated store; the ethnic store hasn't advertised it, so it is probably $.99/lb. there (they have red delicious for $.39/lb. this week). I don't know the price for Boston lettuce, offhand, and they don't have it advertised in this week's sales ads - normally, it is one of the more expensive lettuces and I generally buy whatever is on sale that week - iceberg lettuce is $.50 each, this week. I must remember to check the price of Boston lettuce, next time I go there. Thank you for sharing your prices! I liked seeing them. :)

  4. You are doing well with your goal for September, I am trying to use up some of my stockpile so my spending this month will be quite low. I am still keeping an eye out for bargains and this week got 4 pkt of flavoured coffee for $3.90 each, they are normally over $7. Might go into town tomorrow and get some more.

    1. Thanks, Sharon. You got a very good deal on the coffee!


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