As part of my new challenge to only eat-in for the rest of February (I’ll probably extend this challenge into March, too), I thought I’d introduce a new blog series called Eat-In Challenge Shopping Cart.
Over the years, many people have asked to me to write about grocery shopping, but it’s so hard to really detail what’s in our fridge and pantry in just one blog post (hence, a series!). The last time I did this kind of thing was February 2009 (it’s funny to look back at our groceries – I spy deli meat and frozen chicken, which of course we don’t eat anymore since we’re now vegetarians!).
I shop at three grocery stores, but my favorite is Trader Joe’s.
TJ’s is cheap, cheap, cheap! My favorite thing about Trader Joe’s is that the organic stuff isn’t that much more expensive than conventional.
Here are our thoughts on organic v. conventional: we always buy organic when it’s available. And we try to buy local if it’s an option (as you see by my pineapple below, clearly sometimes I forget this goal). The Husband is really into organic products because of his job (holistic doctor/acupuncturist) and is a firm believer that the pesticides and chemicals in conventional produce and products really inflicts long-term damage to our bodies. I’m not 100% behind his stance on organic v. conventional (and I am cheap), but I’ll support him in whatever he wants to do, so I mainly buy organic.
So, what was in my cart today?
Organic broccoli (times two)
Organic spring mix
Vegetarian Protein Sources
Best hummus in the entire world
Crumbled goat cheese
Soy Milk Creamer
I get groceries 1 – 2 times a week, depending on how big the first haul was. Total cost: $69.
What’s on your grocery list? Do you shop at different stores to get the best deals?