Thursday, December 6, 2012

Grocery Shopping List

Tales from the stores...
(warning:  oversharing ahead)

I did our shopping on Monday (Costco and Trader Joe's with the kids in tow) and Tuesday (Aldi by myself).  This was my plan with the estimate costs listed at the top of each list and actual costs listed at the bottom.  Of course I made some changes to my lists while I was in the stores, and I've put those in italics.

The main pain was the original Costco I went to didn't have the mini chicken sausages, the meatballs, or the avocados!  What?  So I settled for other sausages (which my kids don't like and cost more - boo), no avocados and instead Trader Joe's guacamole, and getting the meatballs the next day when I got out of class and was near the other Costco.

Cotsco: $70
organic ground beef
dates
avocados
chicken sausages
sour cream
celery
meatballs
pirate booty

actual: $68

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Trader Joe's: $26
soup
2 cans tuna
apple cider vinegar
cranberries
tomato sauce
ro-tel
sweet corn for soup
2 gf pizzas
bananas
apples
guacamole

actual: $32

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Aldi: $35
cashews
apples
bananas
pineapple
chicken
sweet potatoes
carrots
fruit leather
spinach
monterrey jack
cottage cheese
dried onion
2 ro-tel

actual: $32 and pictured here... (except for the carrots and sweet potatoes -- ???)


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plus...

5 dozen farm eggs: $10

1 gallon raw milk: $4 (turning in an extra jar)

5 lbs. clementines on Thursday (today): $5

This week's actual total = $151 = not bad! :)

So frozen pizzas are not a staple for us, but when I saw that TJ has gluten-free ones for $5 a pop it was just too handy to pick up a few to have on hand for babysitters, etc.

And as promised, here are the meatballs I am taking to a party on Friday.  Imperfections: they definitely contain some sugar and are browned in vegetable oil.  But so easy and so good!  The jalepeno mango ones are too spicy for my kids, but they liked the carmelized onion ones.  Hubs and I like both.  I will probably stick them in a crock pot and maybe make some dipping sauce on the side for our gathering.



Thanks for reading!

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