Tuesday, May 7, 2019

May Grocery Shopping: Week 1

Another cold (high of only 66F), grey day, here.  I went to bed at 4:00 a.m. and slept till 11:00 a.m.!  Then, I spent a relaxed morning, having my tea and replying to blog comments, etc.  Then, in the afternoon, it being Tuesday and my day to run errands, I did just that!  I went, first, to the post office to mail the payment for the gas bill (all $7.90 of it!), then, to the grocery store, to the bank, to the gas station to put gas to the car ($3.89/gallon; I put $42.20 worth of gas; 10.8 gallons as I was below half a tank and above quarter tank), and, finally, to a bakery to buy a loaf of my favorite bread.  It was the last loaf of this type of bread that they had, so I was happy.  It's just regular white bread, but it tastes like the bread I grew up eating!  Back then, one could go to the small store at the top of the lane and ask for half a loaf of bread and the store keeper would cut a loaf of bread in half and sell it!  I wonder if they still do that?

5/7 Groceries

I went to the Armenian grocery store for the bulk of my groceries, this week.

I bought:
1 package raw almonds @$3.99/lb = $3.75
1+lb. ground beef @$2.99/lb = $3.54
1 T-Bone steak @$3.99/lb = $3.91
2 lb. chicken drumsticks @$.59/lb = $1.45
2 Zucchini @$.39/lb  $.28
2 potatoes @$.39/lb = $.41
Green beans @$.99/lb = $.27
3 tomatoes @$.69/lb = $.61
3 bananas @$.49/lb = $.51
1 lb. strawberries = $.99
Total  $15.72

At the bakery, I bought:
1 loaf bread = $1.50

5/7 Grocery Receipt
I left the receipt for the bread in the car!

My May grocery budget is $75 + $6.40 carried over from April = $81.40

Spent to date: $15.72 + $1.50 = $17.22
Balance left in the budget = $81.40 - $17.22 = $64.18

The almonds are a favorite snack; no low calorie by any means, but better for me than chips, etc.

I don't have a planned menu, but, I plan to have the steak for dinner, one night, with perhaps a baked potato and green beans or sauteed zucchini; the chicken drumsticks will be broiled with a plum sauce glaze to be eaten with vegetables or salad; and the ground beef might be made into zucchini-ground beef burgers.

After I came home, I ate some of the bread with lentil curry, which is a favorite meal from my childhood. 

I had kept a previously cooked frozen chicken breast to thaw in the fridge.  In the evening, I cut it up and sauteed it with some onions, curry powder, chili powder etc., and used it as a filling for some puff pastry squares I had in the freezer to make curry puffs.  I only made 4 curry puffs as I shouldn't eat all that pastry!   I'll have one for dinner, tonight, and keep the others in the fridge for lunches, etc. during the week.

Curry Puffs

Today, I am grateful for:
- Being able to sleep in, this morning
- A productive afternoon
- Good deals at the grocery store
- My favorite bread
- Phone calls with family (Aunt C) and friends (R)

I turned the heater on for a little while, last night, as I was wearing three layers (a blouse, a wool knit sweater, and a wool knit cardigan) and still feeling cold!  I turned it on, again, this evening, too. 

Wednesday's To Do List:
- Water the front garden
- Catch up on housework (dusting)
- Vacuum
- Cook

How was your Tuesday?  Have you gone grocery shopping in May, yet? 


  1. Love your groceries, I also buy a lot of veggies and fruits☺

    1. Thank you, Natalia. I am trying to incorporate more vegetables into my diet!

  2. One of the radiators in my living room has developed a leak and I’ve had to turn it off so my room is cold today (Wednesday). Luckily I heard it dripping so the carpet isn’t damaged. The repairman will be here tomorrow.

    Your curry puffs look mouth-wateringly good but I will have to resist making any as I too am avoiding pastry in my diet. I don’t need much is the way of food shopping until later in the month unless I change my plans... which is very likely to happen!

    1. Sorry to hear about your radiator and your room being cold now. But, a good thing you heard it and turned it off before the new carpet got damaged and a repairman will be there, tomorrow. Bundle up and stay warm!

      I think I might freeze the remaining curry puffs; then, I can portion them out, to once a week or every other week, to minimize the amount of pastry I eat! It will be a small step towards bulk cooking!

      It sounds like you are all set, as far as groceries are concerned, thanks to all that bulk cooking you did! :)

  3. It's interesting to look at prices in other areas. Your produce is cheaper, but my gas is cheaper.

    1. Our gas prices go up in the summer as we switch to the summer blend, to comply with more stringent air quality standards (we are more likely to get smog in the summer than in the winter). But, recently, there has been a steep increase in the price of gas. The gas station near the grocery store and the bank (in between them, actually) had gas for $3.99/gal. at the cheapest; I drove to the one near my house because they tend to be cheaper than the other stations.

      I love this particular store for their prices! I only bought produce that was priced $.99/lb. or lower! This week, their broccoli was $1.79/lb. and their celery was $2.49 each, and I didn't buy any. Regular, round tomatoes were $.99/lb., but the Roma tomatoes were $.69/lb., so that's the kind I bought. I don't like raw tomatoes and usually cut them up and add to my curries, so, it didn't really matter which kind I bought. :)

  4. Hi Bless, Yes, I've gone once this month, so far. I am still eating through what I bought. I've been making bone broths and having them with vegetables and cooking rice with them. You are doing so well with your grocery budget.

    1. Bone broths are very nourishing, aren't they? And this weather is ideal for having soup! In fact, I have a whole roast chicken breast (with the bone) in the freezer - I think I shall make a pot of chicken and vegetable soup for dinner! Thank you for helping me meal plan! :D

  5. Your curry puffs look mouthwatering! What is it about pastry that we love so much? I think just about every culture has some form of savoury pastry, from Cornish pasties to empanadas. I could work my way through them all! 😋

    1. Thank you, Bushlady. I don't know, but you can encase just about anything in a bit of pastry and it transforms it, immediately, into something wonderful, doesn't it? Must be all that fat in the pastry!


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