$70 Grocery Week // Double Trip

>> Wednesday, July 9, 2014

We've unpacked enough of our kitchen to start cooking again -- and I'm absolutely thrilled. A lot of the last month has been a mix of takeout and assembled meals (sandwiches, etc.), and -- as you can imagine -- a lot of cheese and bread and more bread. I'm going to write a post all about our CSA later this week, but for now I thought I'd give you a rundown of our latest stock up at Aldi.

Grand Total: $138.88 . . . for over two weeks!

That's 59 items total. We got a lot of our old favorites, but I'd like to do some meal planning to mix things up a bit this time around. Use like ingredients in new ways.

Here's some new stuff we're trying this week:
  • Pastas -- whole wheat spaghetti and some rigatoni 
  • Fish (needs a longer post) -- wild caught flounder, tilapia, etc.
  • Muesli 
  • Peach Greek yogurt -- I just had some, DELICIOUS!
  • Dry black and white beans
  • Frozen yogurt bars, blueberry
  • Organic pasta sauce
  • Red potatoes

Our cart was actually exploding out everywhere, and I thought this trip would be the one when I would get shocked by a big ticket price. But honestly, when I saw $138.88 ring up, I quickly calculated that we were still within our $75/week budget. Score!

Stephen and I have also decided that we are going to try to go a month or more (with the exception of our trip to the shore in late July) without going out to eat. Like I said, our food and entertainment budget was out of control during the move, so getting back into healthy habits at home will be good for our bodies and our wallets.

Have you had a grocery success story recently? What did yours involve?

And it looks like in the course of writing, I've already created two new posts for the future: Our CSA for the season and why I'm considering eating fish again. More on that stuff soon! And I'll be back tomorrow with some tips for crafting the perfect summer salad.

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