People. You don't need to shop at Whole Foods to eat paleo. In fact, you shouldn't, at least not exclusively, if you need to mind a modest budget. This week, I am shopping at Aldi and my local supermarket. And maybe Costco later in the week, but only for some more produce since I may be there to get new tires (ouch!) anyways. So, what did I get today?
At Aldi, I had a couple impulse buys: canned pumpkin (gotta snatch some or four up for 99 cents before they run out), roasted red peppers for like $1.65 or something a jar (a special item), and bagged spinach marked down because it is close to the due date (if I don't use it soon I will toss it in the freezer). I wanted to go to Hy-Vee for some things, but decided they were close enough in price to Aldi that I would just make one stop. The list: mustard, cocoa, 2 dozen eggs, 10 avocados (49 cents each!), 2 packages grape tomatoes, 3 hearts of romaine lettuce, 4 lbs. bananas, 3.5 lbs. frozen chicken breasts. And I had promised my daughter a treat so we got one of those Bolthouse farms smoothies in a big bottle for $2.79 and split it 3 ways in the car. A bit of a sugar rush, but not terrible for a treat. Spent $37, including tax. Oh, and I also got some organic blue corn tortilla chips. Not purely paleo, but maybe we'll make some nachos out of leftover chili on the weekend.
At Price Chopper, we got 2 big spaghetti squash, 2 butternut squash, 3.5 lbs. apples, 2 lbs. pears, 2 bags of frozen green beans, and 2 bags of frozen peas & carrots. None of it is organic. Spent $17 including tax. The squash were 50 cents/lb., the fruit 99 cents/lb., and the veggies 79 cents/lb.... so my receipt says saved $22 due to store specials.
Alright, I am too lazy to take or upload photos now. So just use your imaginations if you want to see the food. I gotta go study. Goodnight :)