I’m bringing the grocery budgeting series back! It’s been over a year since I wrote a grocery haul/budget post and I have been wanting to return to it for a couple of reasons:
1) It keeps me in check with my current budget. It’s almost like a game to me when I am at the cash register and I ring up under or at budget. I get all giddy! The little things, people. After succeeding at meeting my budget, posting about it is just a little extra oomph and accountability. If I know I need to post about it, I will try my darndest to stay under/at budget!
2) I find it interesting what others buy at the grocery store, so maybe people will enjoy seeing my hauls and meals. That’s the the nosy little foodie inside of me. :) Let’s inspire each other to eat healthy and affordable!
See past Healthy Eating on a Budget posts here:
I have a couple of hauls to post today, as I am playing catch up. I hope to have next week’s haul posted next weekend. I mostly shop at Aldi now for all of my grocery needs. It’s super cheap and they have a lot of natural/organic products – a lot of things resemble Trader Joe’s products (check out the peanut butter below!), but are a bit cheaper. That’s a win in my book because I am a sucker for TJ’s. If I can’t find something at Aldi, it’s probably not necessary to have. Though, there are a couple of items that I can’t live without, so an occasional trip to Kroger or Target will happen.
Produce: bananas, spinach, 1 lb mini bell peppers, 2 lbs nectarines, 2 avocados, 1 seedless cucumber, 3 zucchini
Dairy: 1/2 gallon organic soy milk, 2 Greek yogurts, 2 dozen eggs
Other: whole wheat tortillas, green pea crisps, 2 lb chia + flax peanut butter, 70% organic dark chocolate, 1 can organic chickpeas
Total: $28.50 – Those eggs were a steal at 69 cents/dozen!
Dairy/Refrig: cottage cheese, garlic kale hummus, plain Greek yogurt
Other: organic coconut chia granola, everything pretzel slims, 85% dark chocolate, sponges, dish soap
Produce: bananas, 1 lb strawberries, mushrooms, 1 seedless cucumber, 3 zucchini
Total: $24.31 – (photo wouldn’t turn!) I don’t feel like I got as much food compared to the previous haul. With the yogurt being almost $4 and having to buy sponges and dish soap, it adds up quickly. That being said, the yogurt usually lasts me 2 weeks.
My budget is set really low, about $120-150/month. This doesn’t include most of my dinners or meals out. My boyfriend and I usually cook dinner together 2-3 nights a week and then eat out about 1-2 other nights. On the nights we don’t cook or eat out together, I usually have something simple like an egg scramble with toast or leftovers. Those are nights when I don’t get home from work until 8 pm, so simple is good! My breakfasts, lunches, and snacks vary, but are usually plant-based because it’s cheaper and a good way to load up on the nutrients!