i think my biggest struggle so far with baking day (save for the vegan pulled pork- which actually came somewhat back to life with the application of a bit of texas pete’s buffalo wing sauce), is grocery shopping when i don’t have much to buy. mostly, i’ve needed produce and lunch food. however, because i haven’t been plotting out my grocery list for dinners- i’ve been going to the store without a concrete plan, which has turned out to be pretty disasterous.
case and point, yesterday at the shaw’s. i needed the following:
1 loaf bread
1 box cream of wheat
1 4-pack cottage cheese singles
i came out with all of those things plus:
2 bags rice works chips
1 bag quaker quakes
1 bag totstitos dippin strips
1 jar tostitos salsa con queso
1 bag halls honey lemon cough drops
2 cans old el paso green chiles
1 can wolfgang puck organic corn chowder
1 bag celery
although, lack of planning aside, i got some pretty good deals on some random stuff:
riceworks were @ $2.99 BOGO + $1/1 coupon made them $1 each.
wolfgang puck soup was on sale for $2.49 with a $1/1 coupon it was $1.49.
the quakes were on sale for $1, and i had a $.75/1 coupon that doubled,making me a profit of $.50.
the halls cough drops were $1, with a $.50/1 coupon that doubled making them free.
the old el paso green chiles were $1.49 each with two $.55/1 coupons that doubled, making them $.39 each.
that’s $13.45 worth of stuff for $3.76. i still bought a bunch of crap that i probably don’t need (and there’s really no excuse for the full price tostitos & cheese dip), but i’m still $8 below my normal weekly grocery budget of $30, and riceworks chips are delicious. so there.