Once again, it's time to Geek out on Groceries. If you want a great laugh (and of course some extremely insightful wisdom) check out this podcast from Financially-Blonde, where Shannon and the happy hour crew discuss food budgets and just how much pregnant women can eat (in a judgement free zone- kind of).
The last few weeks have been a little bit weird on the grocery front. I was travelling for business, so I pre-made a bunch of food for my husband and roommate. However, my husband volunteered at a construction camp for kids where he ate five dinners, and my roommate is either lazier than I thought or he started a diet before going home to his mom's cooking (this week), because the pre-made food is only half eaten. That being said, I still managed to go a little crazy on my return trip grocery shop, so my grocery expenditures are still in line with my long run average.
While I was on the business trip, I stayed with my parents rather than in a hotel, and I also ate their food (except for lunches which will mostly get comped). My son also ate their food. As did all my siblings, their children, and their significant others. In fact, my husband was the only member of the extended family who didn't accost my parents for the last week. We had a little impromptu family reunion since I was in town (only my little bro and little sister were planning to stay with my parents, but I guess my family revolves around me sometimes). Interestingly, my attempt to pay for even a few groceries was absolutely rebuffed by my parents. Even when I host them, they are loathe to let me pay, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised by the fact that cash was shoved in my wallet post shopping. Even Steven wrote an interesting post on the who pays conundrum a while back, it's worth checking out if your parents are like mine.
June Week 3- $57.29
Okay grocery voyeurs, here's the grocery geek breakdown. In June Week 3, I bought an incredible amount of processed foods.
Of the pictured items, my husband ate both pizzas, a pan of enchiladas that I made for him, spaghetti and meatballs (meatballs were pre-made), and he ate all the fruits and vegetables (of which the mangos were the biggest hit). He ate sub sandwiches, chips and cookies for five nights straight while I was away and while he volunteered at the construction camp.
The total cost for all this food was $57.29
June Week 4- $86.32
Then I got home, and went absolutely crazy grocery shopping. My cilantro went to seed (wah wah), so I wanted to hit up an extra grocery store for some cilantro (Food Lion), and I also wanted to go to Save A Lot Foods to see if there were good deals on chicken (There were), and finally I hit up Aldi for the bulk of the shopping.
The only change to our normal grocery shopping is that I reduced egg purchases to one dozen because bird flu has driven up the cost of eggs to double their former prices. My husband will still eat eggs, oatmeal and fruit in the morning (he bikes to school), but I'm switching from eggs to oatmeal (with flax seed), and my son is eating toast and fruit.
This is what I bought.
This week I'm excited to be cooking again.
We will be eating the following:
Brats with Peppers, mushrooms and onions and steak fries
Thai Red Curry
Fish Tacos with Cilantro Lime Coleslaw
Turkey Meatball Casserole (Also incorporates leftover brats)
Slow Cooker Chicken and green Beans
I also made watermelon, mint, lemon popsicles last night! They are awesome!
I was going to take a picture, but I kept getting distracted, so I've eaten three without taking a single picture. Next time friends.
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