monthly grocery shop, part 2: shopping

Last week I wrote about our monthly grocery shopping adventure. Part 1 was about meal planning and taking stock of what you need to buy to make those meals.  Today I’m talking about the second part of monthly shopping: actually doing the shopping!  

I made my list of meals for the month, then I checked my pantry to see what ingredients I had and what I needed to buy (I also tried to plan meals around what I had. For example, I had several cans of tuna already so I’m planning to make tuna burgers and a casserole).  
When I made my grocery list I write down categories such as produce, bread, baking, meat, etc and then categorized what I needed to buy.  This ensures I don’t forget anything while I’m at the store.  I also looked through the flyer for anything that may be on sale and added that to my list (we don’t need a case of Coke, but if it’s more than half off, I’m going to buy it and save it for when we do want to drink it). 
Here’s my list:
Produce
  • brocoli
  • strawberries
  • spinach
  • apples
  • green peppers
  • onions
  • potatoes
  • limes
Bread
  • day old assorted buns
  • burger and hot dog buns
  • flatbread/naan
Baking
  • baking soda
  • baking powder
  • brown sugar
Pantry
  • rice
  • tuna
  • beans
  • apple juice
  • cranberry juice
  • lasagna noodles
  • pop
  • cereal
Dairy
  • milk
  • sour cream
Meat
  • chicken
  • fish
  • eggs
  • roast
I didn’t end up buying the spinach or berries, but found some frozen berries on sale instead.  I budgeted enough to buy fresh produce more than once, because things like spinach can’t really be frozen, thawed and eaten on a sandwich.   I made a point to buy things that were on sale, such as the day old buns because they can be frozen.  The cereal was also on sale so I bought several boxes which will last us well into next month.  I made sure to buy bulk packages of chicken which freezes really well.

I added some additional items to my cart which weren’t on the list, but were on sale such as dish soap, lemon juice and watermelon.  I didn’t buy a roast, but am planning to buy one of the store cooked ones later in the month.  
The total cost of my shopping trip was….$120 (give or take a few cents)!!   I feel like we got a lot of groceries for that price and still have some extra money for additional purchases.  We budgeted $200 in total for groceries this month, which means there is also room for impulse purchases like croissants filled with whipped cream and dipped in chocolate…mmm.
Next week I’ll be checking in to let you know if we are adhering to our meal list.  I will be out of touch the following week (August 16-23) while I enjoy a vacation at David’s family cottage in Northern Quebec.  But the following week I’ll give a final recap about this monthly shopping trip venture and decide if we will do it again.

About Christina

20-something; rural dwelling; wife to David; homeowner; pretty good cook; wearer of skirts; friend to all cats.

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