Yes, I’m aware that I’ve been gone for a while, but there’s a good reason for that and I’ll explain it in another post soon. For now, let’s just say that life has been quite an adventure lately.
This post is going to be a little different and is the direct result of a phone conversation that I had with my mother. My mother is completely shocked that I can go to the grocery store and spend $278.03 on a family of 2. My mother and my father are not big on cooking too often (they say they’ve earned the right to not cook during retirement). They do like to eat out a lot. John and I, on the other hand, love to cook and go out to eat, at most, once a week.
So in this post, I’m going to show and list exactly what I bought at the grocery store today – just so that my mom can see what went into an almost $300 bill. This wasn’t the run in/ run out type of shopping trip. Instead, it was the pack up the pantry for a few months type of trip. I spent over an hour in the grocery store and, since John’s at work, had to carry everything into the house without any help. This *should* be my last BIG pantry stock up before Charlie gets here.
I’ll preface this by saying that 1) We love to shop at Wegman’s. They have a great selection of foods and have some wonderful store brand items, which allows us to save a lot over name brands. 2) There aren’t a lot of meats on this list because we do use a meat delivery service out of Bristol, PA. We’re actually just about to place a new order. The last time we ordered, two weeks before our wedding in June of 09. and 3) You won’t see many processed foods. We try to eat as few of these as possible. This allows us to keep our bills down AND it’s much healthier as well!
So, what did I buy (pictures are from my BBerry, I apologize for the quality):
Starting to put everything away:
Wegman’s Whole Wheat Bread (no HFCS), Wegman’s Plain Rye Bread (no HFCS), Wegman’s Mini Multi-Grain Pita, Total Greek Yogurt (0% fat), Wegman’s 8″ Tortillas, Wegman’s Sour Cream, Wegman’s Salted Butter, Wegman’s Large Eggs (doz), 2x Wegman’s Frozen Mixed Vegetables, 2x Wegman’s Frozen Cut Corn, Wegman’s Frozen Broccoli Cut, Wegman’s Frozen Green Beans, Wegman’s Frozen Sliced Carrots, 2x Wegman’s Coarse Ground Canned Tomatoes, 6x Wegman’s Petite Diced Tomatoes, Rotel Diced Tomatoes and Chilies, 5x Wegman’s San Marzano Tomatoes, Hunt’s Sloppy Joe Mix (no idea why I wanted this), 2x Wegman’s No Sugar Added Apple Juice, 2x Libby’s Organic Canned Pumpkin, Wegman’s Soda Black Cherry 12 cans, Wegman’s Soda Orange 12 cans, 1 box each Wegman’s – Ziti, Penne, Rings, Shells, Rigatoni, Linguine, and Spaghetti – Pasta, Wegman’s Apple Cinnamon Toasted Oats (like apple cinnamon cherrios), Wegman’s Rice Crisps (like Rice Krispies), Wegman’s Wide Egg Noodles, Goya 16 Bean Soup Mix Dried Beans, 2x Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix, Wegman’s Medium Salsa, Kashi Go Lean Crispy with Toasted Berries, Kashi Strawberry Promise, Wegman’s 10# Unbleached Flour, 2x Wegman’s Sweetened Condensed Milk, Hunt’s Chocolate Pudding Snack Pack, 2x Scharffen Berger Dark Chocolate Baking Chocolate, 2x Vita Coconut Water, Wegman’s 2# Powdered Sugar, Ziyad Tahini, 4x Wegman’s Chicken Stock, 2x Wegman’s Beef Stock, McCormick Mild Taco Seasoning, McCormick Hot Cili Seasoning, Wegman’s Raisins, Hershey’s w/almonds Fun Size Bag (for Halloween), Snicker’s Fun Size Bag (for Halloween), 8lb 90/10 Ground Beef, 3lb Boneless Chicken Breasts, 3 lb Chicken Things (Bone-in, for Chicken Soup), 2lb Chicken Sausage, 3lb Hickory Smoked Bacon, 1/2lb turkey off the bone, 1lb Ham off the bone, 1/4 lb American Cheese, Fresh Mozzarella Cheese, Fresh Danish Blue Cheese, Fresh Crumbled Feta Cheese, 2lb Green Peppers, 5lb Seedless Green Grapes, 2lb Baby Carrots, 1.5lb White Mushrooms, Bunch of Fresh Dill, 2 lb Bananas, 1 bunch celery, 5lb grapefruit, 3 lb Golden Delicious Apples, 2lb yellow onions, 4lb Valencia Oranges, 2lb Fresh Strawberries, 5lb white potatoes and 1 Twix bar from the checkout lane (I was hungry).
Non-grocery Items: 2x 4 pack cleaning sponges, Febreeze Shade Refill, Cupcake Cups, Wegman’s Toilet Paper (24pk).
All-in-all, I’d say it wasn’t a bad trip to the grocery store. If I’m counting correctly, that’s about 123 items. This should last us a few months, provided that we supplement with some fresh fruits and veggies every couple weeks. Yes, the total looks huge, but when you figure out how many meals we’ll get out of those groceries, it’s not bad. You just need to shop correctly. Our total could probably go down if we’d get rid of the specialty cheeses and ingredients (like Tahini), but we like splurging on those few items. And if I’m being honest, the few candy items too!
Now, just to go put away what’s left (all of the non-fridge/freezer stuff).