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Grocery Geek Presents: Shopping for OAMC

Posted By Jessica Fisher On January 29, 2010 @ 10:50 pm In Budget Living,Grocery Geek,Uncategorized | 2 Comments

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Since we spent far below our regular grocery budget last month [4], I’ve been encouraged that perhaps we could spend less all the time. Here’s hoping anyway. This week I did a big stock up. Since I’m leaving town for a few days next week, I wanted to make sure that the pantry is replenished for FishPapa and the kids.

One way I’m doing that is spending a few days preparing meals for the freezer [5]. Or rather meal components. I am trying something new this month and preparing the bulk of our meats rather than casseroles to stock the freezer. I think that will help us eat  a little more healthfully but still save me time. If chicken or beef are ready to go for tacos, chimichangas [6], or stir-fries, I think dinner will come together almost as quickly as sticking a casserole in the oven. As such, that is what I was on the lookout for this week in my grocery shopping.

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We did one big stock-up on cheese, milk, pasta, fish, olive oil, and some veggies at Costco [8] this week. I spent $165 there. That sounds like a lot, but many items, such as that olive oil should last for several months. Note that I bought whole wheat as well as white pasta. I intend to mix the two spaghettis as a stealth way to get more whole grain into our diet.

Then the kids and I made a run to Sprouts [9] for eggs, fresh produce, brown rice, and meats, spending $55 (pictured above). Chicken breast was $1 a pound as were pork strips. I picked up some boneless chicken for $1.77 a pound. These are basically the lowest sale prices in these here parts, not counting markdowns or coupons, so it was a great time to stock up.

On the way home from date night FishPapa and I picked up ziptop freezer bags and lean ground beef for $1.67 a pound from Stater Brother [10]s, spending $20. This brings our February grocery total to $240. I’m thinking that leaves $160 left for the month, which could easily cover milk and produce.

Since we are making efforts to eat more whole grains, reduce sugars, and increase our fruits and veggies [11], these grocery purchases seem to fit the goal [11] pretty well. I realize that coupons may be scarce for many of the items that I intend to buy, but if I can stick in our budget and improve our diet, I’m good.

How are you refilling your pantry this week?


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[4] far below our regular grocery budget last month: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/01/pantry-challenge-how-we-did

[5] preparing meals for the freezer: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/01/my-freezer-cooking-plan-for-february.html

[6] chimichangas: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/05/chimichangas.html

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[8] Costco: http://costco.com

[9] Sprouts: http://sprouts.com

[10] Stater Brother: http://staterbros.com

[11] making efforts to eat more whole grains, reduce sugars, and increase our fruits and veggies: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/12/good-cheap-eats-food-goals-for-new-year.html

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