Grocery Geek, March 8th

We saved the majority of our income tax refund for Karis’s braces, dental work for Robert and I, and just for savings.  We get quite a bit back because Robert’s salary on paper is low because it’s not a requirement to include housing and utility costs.  Also, ministry… Haha.

I used some to buy curriculum (I spent more than I planned, but oh well), buy some things that I have been putting off like ink for our printer, a new tea kettle because ours was rusted, etc, and I stocked up on groceries.  I went through my dry foods and threw away old stuff and replaced it with fresh.  I also got lots of fresh foods because I’m trying to eat nutritiously again (with the exception of some processed foods for “just in case”).

I also placed a rather large Grove order because I’m trying to treat the environment better and also to use natural products.  I have really been convicted lately about the amount of waste that I produce so I’m trying to remedy that.  We are starting to recycle and compost again.

So this post will show all of that.  This is *not* a frugal groceries post like normal so I won’t share how much I spent :-P.  Honestly, I’m not 100% sure because I bought some things from Grove, some things from Walmart.com, a few things from Amazon, some things from Walmart pick up, and lots of things from HEB curbside.  I had a super large order at HEB.

I’m just so thankful to God for providing all that we need and a lot of what we want.  We are completely blessed.

Here we go.

This is from Walmart.com:

I didn’t take a pic so I’m going to attempt to remember what I bought!  Haha!

  • 4 cans coconut milk
  • 2.25lbs organic coconut flour
  • 32oz Almond flour
  • 3, 8 packs of La Croix
  • 2 pack of 5lb bags of Wheat Montana Prairie Gold Flour (hard white wheat)
  • 3 tubes of Schmidts deodorant (for Robert, Karis, and me… Ethan took one of mine)
  • 32oz raw honey (Nature Nate’s)
  • 8lb Zulka sugar (this is unrefined sugar)
  • 4oz yeast
  • 3lb sucanat sugar (I use this for my Greek yogurt and baking)
  • 2lbs organic brown sugar
  • 1lb blanched slivered almonds
  • 2lbs roasted, unsalted sunflower seeds

Amazon:

  • 1lb bag of spearmint loose leaf tea
  • 36 pack Nature Valley granola bars
  • 18 pack Z-bars
  • 3lb box Nature’s bakery fig bars
  • 2.82oz organic lavender bud tea (loose leaf)
  • 16 pack organic lemon lavender mint tea bags

Grove Collaborative:

  • 50pk Seventh gen. recycled trash bags
  • 64 load Mrs. Meyers detergent (Ethan has been breaking out from the non-natural one!)
  • 2, 2pk sponges
  • 1 tube Hello children’s tooth paste
  • Acure shampoo and conditioner
  • Mrs. Meyers body wash
  • Mrs. Meyers dish soap
  • Recycled unbleached parchment paper
  • BPA free reusable sandwich (2) and snack bags (4)
  • 2 BPA free sandwich containers

Groceries that I picked up yesterday (from Walmart and HEB):

Non food products:

  • 12pk Seventh generation recycled toilet paper
  • 2pk Seventh gen. paper towels (we don’t use many, but I like to have some on hand)
  • 500pk q-tips
  • 12pk pure sparkling water

Produce:

  • Organic celery
  • Organic baby spinach
  • Organic spring mix (1lb)
  • 4 plums
  • 3lbs grapes
  • 5 tomatoes on the vine
  • 1 bunch bananas
  • 4 avocados
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 3 jalapeños
  • 1 bunch organic basil
  • 10lbs russet potatoes (they are giant)
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 2lbs organic limes
  • 2lbs organic lemons
  • 3lbs yellow onions
  • 2 bags organic petite baby carrots
  • 1 bag organic julienned carrots
  • 2lbs brussel sprouts
  • Organic medjool dates
  • Plantain chips
  • Asparagus (1 bunch)
  • Mushrooms
  • Blueberries
  • 2 zucchini
  • 2 yellow squash
  • Sugar snap peas
  • 3 beets

Cold items:

  • 2, 18pks cage free eggs
  • 2 gallons organic whole milk
  • 2, 16oz natural creamers
  • 2lbs butter
  • 1lb Kerrygold butter
  • 1 whole natural chicken
  • 24pk string cheese
  • 2lbs frozen cauliflower
  • 1lb organic frozen broccoli
  • 2lbs Tillamook medium cheddar
  • 1lb ground pork
  • 1lb natural breakfast sausage
  • 4 links natural chicken spinach and feta sausage
  • 10 links Applegate chicken and maple breakfast sausage
  • 2lbs uncured ham and turkey lunch meat
  • 2lbs shredded mozzarella

Pantry items:

  • 32oz maple syrup
  • 2 bottles organic ranch
  • Organic ketchup
  • Whole wheat elbow pasta
  • 32oz organic chicken stock
  • 2lbs roasted, unsalted peanuts
  • 1lb raw cashews
  • 1lb red lentils
  • 3x organic juice (for HAF homes tomorrow)
  • Organic multi-colored quinoa
  • 2lbs brown rice
  • 1lb black beans
  • 12oz water processed decaf breakfast blend whole bean coffee
  • Brianna’s salad dressing
  • Organic pasta sauce
  • Red curry paste
  • Organic extra virgin olive oil
  • Fish sauce
  • Coconut oil spray
  • Organic pizza sauce
  • Cocoa powder
  • Canned jalapeños (free with purchase of black beans)
  • 32oz minced garlic
  • Bag quinoa and flaxseed tortilla chips
  • Bag plain potato chips (free)
  • Yellow mustard

So I pretty much got organic if it was close to the non-organic price.  If it was a lot more expensive, I got non-organic with the exception of milk.  I tried to get natural meats and things.  One of the things that I like about organic and natural isn’t necessarily the pesticides but the fact that they usually have less process to them.  More whole food ingredients.

I came home yesterday and organized my pantry spaces.  I have 3: one is an old pie-safe that has my “whole foods ingredients,” one is pantry shelves above our washer, and one is just a cabinet in the actual kitchen.

I love having organized spaces.  My goal this weekend is to organize my fridges and freezers.  I’ll try to show pics in my food prep post.

Have a great Saturday!

2 thoughts on “Grocery Geek, March 8th

  1. First — I love the shampoo you got. I’m not familiar with Grove but we order from Thrive Market which potentially is similar.

    Secondly, do you plan meals before grocery shopping? I’m always looking for ways to save money, so I’m curious how others shop.

    • I do plan meals! If you look at the post before this one it’s the meal plan for two weeks. I don’t normally get this many groceries though. I bought extra. I typically make a two week meal plan and then grocery shop online using our curbside pick up. I typically spend $175-250 every two weeks.

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