Grocery Geek, January 12th

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January 13, 2019 by Courtney

I always love shopping.  I do it all online and I take several days to add things and delete things.  I make sure to come at or below my budget.  It has taken me years to care that much and now I’m feeling confident in my ability to keep a tight budget.

I spent $167 at HEB and another $13 at Walmart (in the store).  I was impressed with myself for only getting what I went in for!  Karis wanted to shop for clothes there (we had a girl shopping day yesterday), and I just needed a few things that I forgot to order at HEB (cereal and La Croix).  I spent $51, and that included $38 worth of clothes for her (5 or 6 shirts, can’t remember exactly).

I will need some milk and produce by the end of the pay period, but other than that, that’s about it for two weeks!  I had to be pretty tight because I have my psychiatrist appointment, my med refills are due, I had to buy those clothes for Karis (she needed some that fit her and she’s out-growing the types of shirts she has), gas to and from town multiple times (which is SO cheap right now… it was $1.88, $1.68 with the car wash), I got a car wash because my car desperately needed it, and I did buy a few things that I wanted (I’ll show those off soon).  I’m so thankful to God for providing for our needs and a few small wants!  Our bills are all paid, Robert is able to fix our Jeep which needed fixing, we have plenty of food, my gas tank is full, I can pay for my doc appt and meds, etc, and I’m not working.  This is huge!  We have always struggled financially.  Always.  Even when I was working full time because we were paying a LOT in childcare, we had to spend more on food, etc because I just didn’t have time to make things from scratch like I do now.  For example, I’m going to be making homemade bread, tortillas, detergent, etc.  It saves money!

We also have great insurance- medical, dental, vision, life, car, renters, etc.  We also qualified for CHIP for the kids so they are double covered.  Instead of paying hundreds a month for the boys’ meds, we pay $10.  We feel like we are totally covered and feel secure in that.  God has provided abundantly.

Now, on to what groceries I bought!

The few things from Walmart are mixed in with HEB groceries.

  • 3lb bag of yellow onions
  • 2lb bag of organic mini carrots
  • 2 yellow squash
  • 2 bags of shredded cabbage
  • 2lb bag of brussel sprouts
  • 10oz bag of organic Italian salad
  • 5oz bag of organic baby spinach

  • 2lb bag of organic carrots
  • 2 red bell pepper
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 bunch of celery
  • 12oz bag of broccoli florets
  • 3lb cuties
  • 3lb gala apples
  • 8 bananas
  • 2 avocados
  • 2 jalapeños

  • 3, 4pk of Greek yogurt
  • 2lbs of butter
  • 16oz sour cream
  • Chicken drumsticks (I can’t remember weight, but it’s a lot)
  • 16oz bag of shredded cheddar
  • 16oz bag of shredded mozzarella
  • 3 packs of sliced organic cheese, 6oz each
  • 2, 16oz bottles of natural creamer

  • 1 gallon of 2% milk
  • 10oz organic frozen broccoli
  • 1lb mild turkey sausage
  • 2lbs natural lunch meat
  • 3, 18pk eggs

  • Large bag of tortilla chips
  • 16oz organic olive oil
  • 16oz organic liquid coconut oil
  • Coconut oil spray
  • 13oz decaf coffee
  • 16oz local raw honey
  • Nature’s Seasons
  • Chamomile lavender tea (so good!)
  • JIF natural peanut butter

  • Giant size Honey Nut Cheerios
  • Kashi organic blueberry clusters cereal (2 boxes)
  • Sesame oil
  • Newman’s Own alfredo sauce
  • Whole wheat English muffins
  • Organic whole wheat linguine
  • Garlic powder
  • Slivered almonds
  • 2 pkgs Asian noodles

  • 24 pack Charmin Essentials toilet paper
  • 3 boxes HEB facial tissues
  • 1 pack La Croix

Plans have changed a bit since I wrote the above info.  We are feeding some extra people tonight so I will need to replace a few things.  I might spend another $25 or so tomorrow when I’m in town.  Still not bad!

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