Wednesday, April 11, 2012

April 2012 Groceries: Weeks 1-2

I know it's late in the month to start with a Groceries topic, but I do have my receipts and I want to really keep track again to see how much I am spending.

I won't bore you with the details of price per item this time, and I can't remember every single thing I purchased at the health food store (they don't itemize other than Grocery, Freezer, etc).

Last month I happened to be in one of the larger towns of the area and went to Kroger(love that store!). Unfortunately, with the near-$4/gallon gas prices, I haven't been able to justify an only-for-groceries trip to Kroger this month. Instead, I have been sticking to the local Community Market and The Food Store(local health food store).

Here's what I've purchased so far at the local grocery (S=Sale):

S 2 bags baby carrots
S Fresh Pineapple
2 Lemons
2 Romaine Lettuce
2 Mushrooms
Sweet potatoes

S 4 lbs butter

2 packs flour tortillas
S 4 large tubs Daisy Cottage Cheese
S 3 16 oz tubs Daisy Sour Cream,
S 2 blocks cream cheese

S 3 blocks Muenster cheese
S 3 blocks Mozzarella
S 4 blocks Sharp Cheddar

S 3 dozen eggs (they're conventional, but that'll help shave off a little $ this month)

Parmesan cheese wedge

2 cans Cherry Pie Filling
Hodgson Mills GF Chocolate Cake Mix
S Nestle Chocolate Chips

Koeplinger WW Bread
Skippy Natural Peanut Butter

Heath Bars
Dark Chocolate M&M's (no comments here, please, I'm just being honest! ;))
York Peppermint Patties-for the kids to decorate a cake for Easter
Kraft Roka: dont' remember what this was

S 2 bags chips--Lays BBQ--one was NOT GF

S 2 bags Frozen Peas
1 bag Frozen Stir Fry Mix
1 bag Frozen Italian Blend Veggies

S 2 tubs frozen whipped topping

Here's what I've purchased from The Food Store:
1 lb local ground beef
Frozen organic pepper mix
Frozen organic mushroom mix
3 half-gallons of Organic Valley milk
1 Pastured Butter
2 tubs local(ish) honey
1 loaf Udi's Millet Chia bread
2 packages Tinkyada brown rice spaghetti
Oriental seasoning (bulk)
Smoked paprika (bulk)
Raw almonds (bulk)
Raw sunflower seeds (bulk)
Organic corn meal (bulk)
Raw pumpkin seeds(bulk)
GF Oats
Cherry Juice (to use in the water kefir)

Grocery Total so far is: $222

For protein needs, we have pork loin, ground beef, some chicken in the freezer. I roasted a turkey over a week ago and we ate off of it for a few days and I made stock from the carcass and froze that and what meat was left from it.  Eggs/dairy products in the fridge, and some canned meat/fish and beans in the pantry.

I have frozen veggies in the freezer from a sale last month. Also some frozen fruit and rhubarb and such that I need to do something with. Apples in the fridge from the Kroger trip where I bought like 10 lbs at $1/lb.

Now, to make a menu for the next week +...


Anonymous said...

What health food stores would you recommend visting in the greater Lima area? I was going to check out the Homestead Store in New Hampshire? Do you have any good sources for locally raised meat and produce? Thanks!

Tanya said...

I haven't ventured far from my local health food store: The Food Store in Bluffton. They offer a good variety, in my opinion, and the owners are very knowledgable. :)If you want to buy a case of something, they are willing to work with you.
Luginbill Family Farms is a good poultry, meat and eggs source. You can deal with them personally or get their stuff at The Food Store(and elswehere, but not sure where else).
There are other local sources listed at
For produce, we have a garden in summer. The Bluffton Farmer's Market is a good way to supplement that:

Hope that helps!