Today, I picked up the groceries I ordered, yesterday. I am mindful of the fact that prices are going up and as usual, I tried to order mostly from what was on sale this week. I am also mindful of the fact that the new sale prices tend to be higher than the old sale prices and this might, very well, be the best sale price I'll be able to get for a long time to come.
This morning, I received a text from the store stating that some of the items I ordered weren't available, but, they had substitutions for them, pending my approval. I went ahead and approved all the substitutions. I was happy that they had substitutions available and, as I've mentioned before, this store charges the lower price on substitutions.
Today's groceries included:
2.7 lb,Bananas (8 bananas) @ $.64/lb. = $1.79
2 lb. container Kiwi (reg price $4.99) = $3.99
1.65 lb. grapes @ $1.49/lb. (reg price $3.29/lb.) = $2.46
2.25 lb. small apples @ $1.49/lb = $3.35 (large apples were priced $1.99/lb.)
1 lb. package frozen mixed berries = $3.29*
(I ordered the 10 oz. package for $3.29; they substituted the 1 lb. package which is priced at $5.49)
1 Broccoli crown (.78 lb. @ $1.98/lb. = $1.55
1 Cucumber = $.99
1 frozen pizza = $3.97
1 package (8 oz.) breakfast sausages 8 count ( reg. price $2.49) = $2.00
2 lb. ground turkey @ $2.99/lb. (reg. price $5.99/lb.) = $5.98
1 lb. frozen shrimp (reg. price $7.99) = $5.99
12 cans, @ 5 oz. tuna in water @ $.89 = $10.68
2 x 32 oz. containers half & half, @$2.39 = $4.78
(cheaper than the 1/2 gal./64 oz. container which is now $5.29)
6 pkgs. ramen noodles @ $.33 (reg price $.40) = $2.00*
(I ordered soup noodle cups at $.49 each, but, they were out of them)
2 bottles (40 oz. @) canola oil @ $3.50 (reg. price $4.99) = $7.00
1 bottle (17 oz.) Sriracha sauce = $2.99
Grocery Items Total = $63.42
1 box (90 count) snack size plastic zippered bags = $3.29
2 pairs rubber gloves @$1.59 = $3.18*
(I ordered the store brand, they substituted brand name ones that cost $4.29)
Non-grocery Items Total = $6.47
Today's total spending = $69.89
* substituted items
March grocery budget (food items only) = $200, plus $11.21 carried over from February = $211.21
Spent to date = $63.42
Balance left in the budget = $211.21 - $63.42 = $147.79
The canned tuna, ramen noodles, and oil were stock up items. The rubber gloves are the spare gloves to have on hand to replace the ones I use now (one pair in the kitchen for washing dishes and cleaning the stove, etc., and one pair in the bathroom to use when cleaning the bathroom and cleaning up after Dancer); I usually like to have a spare pair on hand, so, when I start to use the ones I bought today, I will buy new spares.
I baked the pizza for lunch, today, and daughter and I shared it. For dinner, I cooked the sausages I had been planning to cook, last week, with onions and bell peppers . We had them with rice and sauteed garlicky green beans. Which reminds me, I need to do a meal plan for this week!
Today, I am grateful for:
- Being able to order groceries online and pick up, curbside
- The availability of the items I ordered
- The store's generous substitution policy
- Grocery stores
- Weekly deals
Today's joyful activity was picking up groceries; it truly is a blessing to be able to do so!
Have you gone grocery shopping in March, yet? Are you managing to find some good deals?