So, I was at the grocery store today...it's a weekly event...and as I was checking out, the clerk says to me, "Wow, you eat healthy!" I was kind of surprised. Seriously. We are not healthy eaters. We were blessed (I think) with high metabolism, and we are all "healthy" weights despite our nasty eating habits. :) Enter Selena. This wonderful little girl LOVES to snack on fresh veggies and fruits. It's a treat that nearly has her jumping up and down. With an attitude like that, who wouldn't buy her some celery, right??? I just never expected to hear the words that I did out of the clerk's mouth. I had such a little private pride moment. LOL. Unfortunately, I'm not the main eater of the treats, but anyways...I quickly filled her in on our recent lifestyle change.
I did have quite the healthy cart of groceries. I'd share my monthly menu if it were easier to upload a pdf file to blogger. If you want to tell me how, then I will. Since we participate in the CACFP, I have to submit monthly menus that conform to food program guidelines and are reviewed by dieticians.
Yes, chicken nuggets are allowed and do appear on our menu regularly. (The clerk didn't get a chance to see what I bought at Sam's Club before coming to the discount grocery store).
I still think I'm doing ok on our grocery budget. At the moment there are 3 adults and 7 children ages 11.5 and under living here full time. There are also 3 full time daycare children (that number is going up in February, yay!). In January I typically spent close to $200 per week in groceries. That's less than $20 per person. I think Wendy Jeub, mom to 14, could do better, but it's not too bad, right? Here's what was on my list today:
3 lbs bananas, leaf lettuce, iceberg lettuce, 1 cucumber, 2 roma tomatoes, 1 bunch radishes, 2 red grapefruit, 10 lbs apples, 5 lbs navel oranges, 5 lbs potatoes (free item), celery, 2 lbs baby carrots, 1 package shredded carrots, 1 box whole mushrooms, 1 head cauliflower, strawberries, jar baby dill pickles, horseradish, 2 cans pizza sauce, tarter sauce, 1 pack of sliced ham, 1 pack of bologna, 2 5-quart pails of ice cream (on sale!), 4 lbs margarine (also on good sale!), 1 bag plain bagels. Total $65.64
Obvioulsy the clerk overlooked the 2.5 gallons of ice cream and 4 lbs of margarine, huh?
At Sam's Club I bought:
lasagna, american sliced cheese, chicken nuggets, nutty bars (Mitch's treat), 12-pack of tomato sauce, 2 bags blueberry bagels, 90oz Dawn dw liquid, apple sauce, eggo waffles, 18 ct eggs, gogurt, tortilla shells, and 10 lbs ground beef. Total $101.02
I bought my bread at the bread store, 6 loaves of wheat, 1 loaf texas toast, and 1 pack english muffins, for just under $10 with a coupon.
We also receive some WIC, so I had 3.5 gallons of milk, 3 containers of juice, 1 doz eggs, 2 lbs cheese, 36 oz cereal, and 1 jar peanut butter. That was the last of my milk for the next 2 weeks from there. We are drinking about 9 gallons of milk per week, and I'm trying to cut back on extras and waste. Milk is required under the food program, though, so I am careful to not cut back where I shouldn't.
I know I could do better. For example, why buy tomato sauce and then jarred pizza sauce? Why not make my own? Well, I think the jarred pizza sauce tastes better. :P It cost $0.98/can. The tomato sauce only costs $0.55/can. Hmmm....
I'm getting there!