$75 of groceries

To be honest, I am not a big fan of grocery shopping. Every once in awhile I’m in the mood to wander the aisles to see what I can find, but mostly I would rather be at home either cooking or eating the food ;). Ever since going gluten free, and being more conscious of getting products marked ‘certified gluten free’, our shopping habits have changed significantly. With that, our consciousness of prices has increased to make sure that our shopping bill did not change significantly as well. It is my responsibility to buy most of the groceries and I do not have a grocery budget set, per se, but obviously with being a debt-stricken graduate I have to be conscious of the bill. We have found our favorite products and have figured out a way to stagger buying them so we can still enjoy them and have enough money left to buy our other groceries!

The following list of products represents $75 of groceries we got last week. We also have quite a pantry stocked up with dried beans and grains as well as grass-fed beef and free-range chicken in the freezer for our meals. We tend to average about $100 per week of groceries purchased, but with the fact we rarely eat out that ends up being $7.15 per person, per day. And with both of us being fairly big eaters that is definitely not a bad amount! Especially if we were to eat out lunch just one time, it would more than likely be over $7 for the day just with that one meal, not three meals and 2-3 snacks.

There are three main stores we frequent for our groceries. Woodmans (for most of our dried goods and snacks), Trader Joes (produce, almond milk, almond butter) and Outpost (meats, eggs, random products such as daiya). We also go to Whole Foods occasionally, but that would then replace one of our other stops.

Here’s what we got for $75 last week!

  • 2 bags gluten free oats from Trader Joe’s – the first time we’ve seen them and they are SO much cheaper than Bob’s Red Mill!  We didn’t actually need these this week but it was a good find!
  • baby carrots
  • bananas
  • 2 cans of tuna (lunch option)
  • light coconut milk (for a future curry dish)
  • puffed millet cereal
  • romaine lettuce
  • spinach
  • apple cider (for the chickpea cider stew and apple cider donuts!)
  • brown rice pasta
  • vegetable broth (for chickpea cider stew)
  • Talenti gelato – weekend splurge
  • 2 containers unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 container unsweetened almond milk
  • Smart Chicken maple chicken sausage
  • sorghum flour
  • Applegate Farms turkey deli meat
  • Ener-G buns – a somewhat interesting looking but delicious smelling and tasting gluten free bread option!
  • Puffins Honey Rice – an instant favorite.  So good on puffed millet with unsweetened vanilla almond milk!
  • Lentil Curls
Obviously, an entire meal couldn’t really be made out of these ingredients alone, but paired with pantry staples we have had delicious home made meals all week!  It’s so nice to finally have favorite gluten free products that I search out for in stores rather than be sad I have such limited options.
Tomorrow night is yet another grocery night for us – although we’ll be semi-stocking up for Kinley’s Appleton 1/2 Marathon this weekend!  Run Kinley Run!

Now what to do with all these oats… hmmm.