Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Grocery Haul: August 1 - 7

Hey guys! It's time for my first ever grocery haul!

This week is a little funky because there wasn't a whole lot we needed to buy. After two years of faithful budgeting, we let our budget slide in April and are just now getting back to it in August! With our wedding in May and my sister visiting in June and July, it was just too much to keep up with. But we are back at it! Unfortunately, one of the consequences of not being on a budget was that our grocery spending really went off the rails. As a result, we've got some stuff in the freezer and pantry to use up. So this week was a little light on the grocery front.

Also, it might help to have a little background on my grocery shopping strategy. In order to save money while also eating a healthy, tasty, and varied diet, I focus on buying whole food ingredients at the lowest price possible. If I see something at it's lowest price, I will buy it even if we don't need it that particular week. By doing this, I'm able to build up a stock pile and I'm always getting my ingredients at the lowest price. And by focusing just on whole food ingredients and making many things from scratch, it really cuts down on the amount of price tracking I have to do. 

We've also recently decided to focus more on supporting local businesses and humane/sustainable animal products. There may not always be room in the budget for those things, but when we can we are going to try to make purchases that support those goals. 

One way we've decided to do that is by joining a CSA this year. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. The way it works is that you pay a fee up front and get a certain share of a farm's yield every week for the growing season. This way, you can directly support farms and share in the bounty of the harvest or help bear the burden of a lean harvest. If there is an interest, I can definitely share the details of how our CSA works in a future post. We pay $30 per week for our CSA share. 

Without further ado, here is our haul for this week! We picked up our CSA share and then visited Harris Teeter and our local natural food store, MOM's.

Here's a breakdown of the prices for those of you who are interested:

Harris Teeter
King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour 5lb - $4.29 ($0.054/oz)
King Arthur Unbleached Bread Flour 5lb - $4.29 ($0.054/oz)
10 bananas (produce clearance) 3.75lb - $1.00 ($0.27/lb)
2 bags white potatoes 5lb (10 lbs total) - $1.47 each ($0.29/lb)
8 Granny Smith apples 4.68lbs - $4.63 ($0.99/lb)
La Banderita Flour Tortillas (10ct) - $3.19

MOM's Organic Market
Arrowhead Mills bulk soft white wheat berries 3.03 lbs - $3.91 ($1.29/lb)
Trickling Springs 1/2 gallon 2% organic milk - $4.99 ($0.078/fl oz)

I'm also going to go ahead and list the weights/amounts of everything we got from the CSA this week, I'd like to be able to do an analysis at the end of the season to see if it's worth it to sign up again next year or if we should just stick with the farmer's market.

2 heads leaf lettuce 1 lb, 2 oz
4 zucchini 1 lb, 13 oz
1 cucumber 8 oz
2 tomatoes 1 lb, 12 oz
1 green bell pepper 13 oz
12 peaches 4 lb, 12 oz
2 nectarines 14 oz
1 cantaloupe 5 lb, 7oz

So total this week, we had 17 lbs, 1 oz of fruits and vegetables which comes to around $1.76/lb.

That's it for this week's haul. My next post will give the details of our meal plan this week so be sure to check back!

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