what can you get with $132?

Coming back from vacation with an empty fridge meant the first thing on my list was a trip to the grocery store.

A couple years ago, when we tabulated how much we spent on groceries each month, we were stunned that the total rang up to $700. Since then, we’ve tried to stick to about $100 a week. Most of the time, we fall under this limit. But every once in a while we’ll exceed it, though there’s usually a good reason.

When I find meat on sale, I buy in bulk. And even though doing it this way always puts me over budget, it’s also the thing that keeps me under budget the rest of the month. So really, it evens out.

This week, chicken breasts were $1.99/lb and lean ground beef was on Manager’s Special. I’m not too proud to overlook the Manager’s Special items. Sure, if the meat doesn’t look safe (already brown), then I go on my way. But it seems the best time to hit the Manager’s Special is mid-afternoon, before everyone gets off work.

Yesterday, I struck it rich, buying more than 9 lbs of ground beef and nearly 4 lbs of breakfast sausage on Manager’s Special. Most of it, I froze. But I did manage to make a quiche out of some of the sausage. I’ll post the recipe tomorrow.

Wondering how I squeeze in workouts whenever, wherever? Try carrying $132 worth of groceries, which includes 26 pounds of meat, from my car, up the stairs, into our condo. Did I tell you I do hammer curls as I’m walking up the stairs, as well as a full squat on each step? Didn’t think so. I promise, I’m not that crazy.

So, what exactly did that $132 get me?

  • bananas (3.75 lbs)
  • broccoli (2.2 lbs)
  • mangoes (2)
  • eggs (3 dozen)
  • boneless chicken breasts (10 lbs)
  • lean ground beef (9.2 lbs)
  • gallon of milk
  • gallon of OJ
  • bacon (2 lbs)
  • turkey kielbasa (1 lb)
  • heaving whipping cream
  • breakfast sausage (4 lbs)
  • butter (1.5 lbs)
  • cucumbers (2)
  • zucchini (2.15 lbs)
  • asparagus (1 bunch)
  • spinach (10 oz)
  • kale (1 bunch)
  • strawberries (2 lbs)
  • lemon juice
  • onions (2.25 lbs)
  • eggplant (2)
  • sweet potatoes (3 lbs)
  • cantaloupe (1)
  • tomatoes (2 lbs)
  • avocados (4)
  • cauliflower (1 head)

And according to my receipt, I saved more than $25.

This should last us roughly one week, and the meat until the end of the month.┬áBut I’m already anticipating going back once for eggs, since I used 24 in my quiche recipe!

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