In an endeavor to provide an example of how to eat on a frugal budget. I’m posting each month how I spend my $70. food allotment. Then posting what I made from the groceries I bought.
My rules for frugal grocery shopping
1.make a list
2. stick to the list
3. always shop on a full stomach
4. batch errands to avoid making a specific trip to the grocery store
5.bring your own bags (a lot of places around here charge for shopping bags)
I pretty much failed at all of these this month.
WinCo Foods isn’t especially far from my home but its not along any of my frequently traveled routes. That means I planned a dedicated trip to take advantage of WinCo’s great bulk foods selection.
Every day around 11-12, I take my friend’s dog Lola to the park to go sniffing.
One the day in question I decided to go to WinCo after our walk in the park.
By the time I got to the store it was around 1 PM, I hadn’t had any lunch AND I left my list at home. Thus breaking two rules for frugal shopping. As I walked the aisles trying to recreate the list from memory EVERYTHING looked tasty.
Pretend that you see 5# of hamburger in the picture, I must have put it in the fridge before I remembered to take my picture.
I bought rice (under the tomatoes) I didn’t need (already 2 bags at home)
Parmesan cheese, creamer and evaporated milk were not on my list but I noticed that they were good prices so I put them in the cart.
the following day I went back to WinCo
to get the things I forgot. Ironic, isn’t it that all the things I forgot were BULK foods and that’s the reason I went there in the first place. I picked up 3 packages of pectin (still not on my list) because even though I’m unfamiliar with the brand name, it was WAY cheaper than I’ve seen it recently. I plan to make several batches of jams and jellies in the coming months.
Other shopping this month:
Grand total $69.73
The next few posts will show you what I did with my purchases.