Thursday evening grocery shopping

This is the first week of my $40 grocery budget. And I am happy to say that in between the Dollar Tree, and Hy-Vee, I came in under budget.

Granted, I didn’t get everything on my list. Hy-Vee was out of grapefruit, which sucks, because they’re 3 for $1 right now. I’ll either have to go without, or go back in a day or two. But I did get some produce:

The bambino asked for a banana again when we were out, so I put them on the list.

I’m glad butter was on sale–I was getting low, and I’m planning on doing a fair bit of baking this weekend. Eden had a recipe a few days ago for some whole wheat pretzels, and I thought they’d make either a fun project for the bambino & I, or just a really nice snack.

Pork tenderloins were BOGO for $9.99, although I ended up with these for about a buck less. I’ll probably make the roast tenderloin & potatoes that the bambino & Jay inhaled one weekend. I don’t know what I’ll do with the other one. Maybe do pork tenderloin sandwiches. We’ll see. I have time to come up with something!

I got a coupon for a free bag of chips, and was pleased to see that while it’s just a limited selection, Hy-Vee is now carrying Food Should Taste Good chips! It’s nice that I don’t have to drive all the way to Sioux Falls for these. And it was also nice getting a bag for free!

And lastly, I got just a couple things at Dollar Tree:

Not pictured is some clearance Christmas candy I got for the bambino. After all was said & done, I have $5 left, which I think I’ll just hang onto. I haven’t decided if I’ll move it over to savings, get it in cash to hang onto it, or just let it sit in my checking account (which actually is probably what I’ll do, since my checking account earns more interest than my savings right now!). Either way, I’m pleased with my shopping trip, and hopefully I’ll keep it up! I did decide that at some point (once I have enough money), I’m going to join the South Dakota Local Food Co-op. It launched this month (I think), and the pick up point for Brookings is a church that’s basically across the street from us. But, until I get the $53 membership fee, it’ll have to wait. I am pretty excited that something like this is available here, though. It’d be nice to support more of the local economy, without having to just depend on the farmers market during the summer.

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2 Replies to “Thursday evening grocery shopping”

  1. I love reading about the loot people picked up at the store! and I’m glad you thought of me for entertaining the bambino! There are so many Co-ops in LA! I think LA is like the mothership of Co-ops.

    • I love posts like that too–Although my finds are never that great or exciting. I am pretty excited about saving up for that co-op membership. I’m spoiled when our farmer’s market is up & running, and I’m pretty soured on some grocery store meats now. And pretzels are good any time…Probably a lot healthier than the monster bowls of popcorn I usually make (and eat) on the weekends!