Happy Labor Day! I hope you are all off enjoying time with your families!
We celebrated Finn’s 3rd birthday yesterday in Omaha with my side of the family. A recap and pictures coming tomorrow. Little man was SO happy to see his cousins and be celebrated. We are a lucky group!
Justin and I talk weekly about our grocery list. Well, I talk and he nods his head and says, “whatever you want, dear.” Buying healthy food can be expensive so I am constantly second-guessing the cost at Location A vs. Location B. I’m in the process of putting together a spreadsheet for our staple items but felt I needed to do a little more intentional research first.
To help do this research I’m committing to buying all our groceries at Hy-Vee in September, Whole Foods in October and Trader Joe’s in November. I might want to poke myself in the eye half-way through, but I’ve got to put the time in!
I normally shop on Wednesdays at Hy-Vee because Health Market and organic items are all 10% off. This has saved us an incredible amount of money over the last year. Although mid-week shopping wasn’t ideal at first, it really has worked for us now that we are used to it.
My first thought when I come home after shopping and put my bags on the counter…
… is usually ‘CRAP. Now that I bought this, I need to fix it and THEN clean it up. Didn’t we just do this?’
- Wednesday – Taco Pasta Bake (omitted the cheese, used gluten-free elbow noodles, added salsa and avocado to the top after removed from the oven, used a different homemade taco seasoning mix)
- Thursday – Stuffed Green Peppers (recipe coming Sept. 12)
- Friday – Buffalo Chicken sandwiches (no cheese), corn on the cob
- Saturday – Omaha at my parents (no meal prep)
- Sunday – Omaha at my parents (no meal prep)
- Monday – Apple Turkey Burgers (skipped the cheese and Honey Vinaigrette), Kale Chips , Fresh Fruit
- Tuesday – Veggie Orzo (recipe coming Sept. 19)
Our first of the month groceries always tend to be more than the end of the month. So while I spent $120.22, I also saved $10.20 for shopping on Wednesday and know I have most the “staples” we will need for the next several weeks.
The misc. items include: tortilla chips, graham sticks for Finn, some baking items, olives, black beans and green chiles. The Health Market doesn’t have organic olives or green chiles. Thinking now I’m sure I could just buy a fresh chile pepper, right? Oh well… next time.
Some of our house staples include: almond milk, rice milk, eggs, Enjoy Life chocolate chunks, sliced almonds (for a recipe), hummus, and pasta. I bought some salsa because I had just finished all our homemade salsa and knew I wouldn’t have time to make another batch for a few days. Chips and salsa make me sane sans dairy.
Our produce stash always makes me smile. I never used to buy as many fresh fruits and vegetables as I do now. Everything in the photo below is organic with the exception of limes, coconut, onions, jalepeno, peppers, and avocado. There wasn’t an organic option for many of those, and if I’m trying to keep our costs down I skip organic on things with thick skins that we don’t eat like bananas and avocados. Fruit in our house is never wasted. If it’s seen better days, we throw it in the freezer to add to smoothies. Great way to never pitch produce!
You might have noticed there is not any meat in our purchase. We purchase our meat monthly through Wallace Farms, an Iowa based farm offering grass-fed beef.
Note: Justin was less than happy when he realized that night there were literally no sweets in the house and I hadn’t picked any up, so I had to whip up some chocolate chip cookies. Those lasted all but 2 days!