Grocery Geek, December 19th

I decided to go ahead and shop for two weeks since we will be out of town when I normally grocery shop… I don’t think grocery shopping on the way home would be a good plan (we are going to my in-laws’ at Glorieta, NM).

This is how I plan for grocery shopping:

First, I meal plan based on what we have on hand.  The post with the next two weeks’ plan is here: Meal Planning Sunday, December 18th.

Then, I make a grocery list for the week (or two in this case… I ended up adding to this after I took a picture).

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From now on, grocery shopping will be done every Monday.  This time around we won’t be home Monday, which is why I shopped for two weeks.  After today’s shopping trip, I have decided to ONLY shop at HEB from now on.  I usually some items at HEB and the rest at Walmart because I didn’t know any better; but I decided that I didn’t want to go to two places today, so I only shopped at HEB.  I was very pleasantly surprised at their prices and selection!  I am sold!  Many, many of their prices are cheaper than Walmart… and the quality is SO much better!

My Day:

First, I went to Chick Fil A and got my favorite nuggets and fries.  I should have taken my lunch, but I felt like eating CFA today.  I don’t normally eat out when I go to town for AA and grocery shopping, but I had some Christmas money and decided to treat myself :-).

Then, I went to my Women’s AA.

It was ccooolllldddd (for Texas, that is).

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Then I got gas at HEB (cheapest gas in town at $1.93 per gallon) and did my grocery shopping.  My goal was $200 for 2 weeks (with $50 left for those few things that we will need between now and next pay day).  I spent $199, and that included a $10 gingerbread house :-).  I was happy with my purchases because I bought mostly whole foods (and a few easy snacks for the road).

When I got home and laid everything out, my table was FULL.  My husband laughed at me…

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Here is what I bought!

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  • 3lbs ground chuck
  • 2 1/2 pound chuck shoulder roast
  • 1 large whole chicken (5.84lbs)
  • 3lbs bone-in pork chops
  • 1 package of Oscar Meyer uncured hot dogs
  • 3 packages Hormel natural (uncured) lunch meat: salami, cracked pepper turkey, applewood smoked ham

(We already have chicken thighs, a pound of ground beef, and 2 packages of Hormel lunch meat).

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  • HEB roasted garlic hummus
  • 2 containers of Julio’s salsa
  • 1lb HEB medium cheddar
  • 10oz HEB sliced gouda (for our trip)

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  • HEB Kettle Cooked variety pack (for our trip)
  • Tortilla chips
  • 2 bags of veggie straws (one regular and one ranch)
  • 2, 12 packs of La Croix

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  • HEB Organics whole grain animal cookies
  • HEB Organics Cheddar Frogeez
  • Triscuits
  • 100% whole wheat hamburger buns
  • 100% whole wheat hot dog buns
  • 2 loaves of 100% whole wheat bread
  • 20ct Aguilar flour tortillas (these taste homemade!)

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  • 5lb bag of organic carrots
  • Bunch of bananas
  • 4 broccoli crowns
  • 3 colored bell peppers
  • Large bag (1lb) of chopped kale (to freeze for smoothies)
  • 4 pears
  • 3 zucchinis
  • 2 yellow squash
  • 2 acorn squash
  • 4 sweet potatoes
  • 3lb bag of gala apples
  • 1 bag of brussel sprouts
  • 1 container of leaf lettuce (locally and hydroponically grown)
  • 1 package sweet tomatoes
  • Lime juice

(We still have some apples, oranges, cut up celery, a cucumber, some tomatoes, avocados, quite a few russet potatoes, 3 sweet potatoes, several onions, and a little bit of cut up carrots and broccoli.)

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  • My beloved Coke Zero

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  • A Gingerbread house kit for the kids and their cousins while we’re in New Mexico

We will have to buy some food when we get to my in-laws, but we aren’t counting that in our grocery budget (we’ll be splitting everything among in-laws).  We’re just counting that as traveling expense (because otherwise we would be eating out).

I also bought some Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes mix with an Amazon Gift card (that I won’t count because it was as a gift).  Haha.  This should last a long time.  I cannot wait to make Banana Chocolate Chip Power Cakes!  I found out about this stuff in my HHHM group.  I ordered it right away with the gift card, then I found it at HEB today when I was there!  Next time I’ll just buy it at HEB!

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I feel like, overall, I did well!  I am picky about a few brands of things (aren’t we all), but I try to stick with HEB brand and non-organic (mostly) because it is cheapest.  The only things I bought organically were because they were close to the same price, or because that was the only way they sold the product (like the pre-packaged “frogeez” and animal cookies).

Check back for my next Grocery Geek post!  Next up, Working the Program.

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