My week #2 grocery store haul was a bit over what I had wanted to spend, mostly because of the giant piece of salmon I bought. But considering how many meals I got out of it, I think it was worth it. Not to mention I still have enough food in my fridge for at least three more days. And I bought a lot of staples, like mustard, lime juice and minced garlic, that will last me for a while.

Jewel-Osco Haul Week #2
  • Hellmann’s Mayo – $2.99 each (normally $4.50)
    • So there is a lot of discussion about whether or not mayo should be eaten. If you’re a South Beach diet follower, you’re told to stick to the low-fat version. If you’re paleo/primal, your told to either avoid it all together or make your own. My thought is no, it’s not healthy but with the little amount that I use mixed with my tuna, it’s not going to be a disaster. And the ingredients in Hellmann’s regular version seem like the best option.  They use mostly real ingredients (minus the calcium disodium to make it last longer).  The ingredient list on the low-fat version is scary…
    • If you’re looking to buy mayo, always check your Sunday paper first. Every few weeks there is a Hellmann’s Mayo coupon printed. Could save yourself a couple bucks.
  • Bottle of lime juice – $.99 cents
    • Always keep a bottle of lime juice and lemon juice in your fridge. They’re cheap, last for a long time and can be used for so many things. Including salad dressing. Put a little lime juice on your salad next time. You’ll be amazed at how good it tastes.
  •  Gulden Spicy Brown Mustard – $1.67 (normally $2.50)
    • Dijion mustard can be used in so many sauces. This one was not only on sale, but had very simple clean ingredients: Vinegar, mustard seed, salt, spices and turmeric. That’s it. Also according to their website, it’s gluten-free.
  • Minced Garlic – 8 oz jar for $1.99
    • I’ve gone back and forth between buying a jar of the pre-minced kind and buying fresh. I’ve decided I prefer the jar. One is it lasts longer in your fridge. Every time I buy a bulb of the fresh, it gets hard after a week or so. Also does anyone else hate peeling garlic? I’ve watched all of the tips and tricks. It still sucks.
  •  Fage 2% Greek Yogurt – still on sale for $1.00 each
    • Same as last week.
  • Grape tomatoes –  pint for $2.49
    • I love grape tomatoes. They’re great to throw into your scrambled eggs in the morning or to add to your tuna fish for a snack. Heck, I sometimes just grab a handfull as a snack. Still not 100% what is a good price for them. I once bought a huge container of them at Mariano’s (fancy Chicago grocery store) for $5. That was awesome.
  • Red and green cabbage – $1.83 and $.99 cents
    • Bought these to make spicy coleslaw. Great decision. Not only did they make enough for an entire week of coleslaw, but it was delicious. Recipe coming soon.
  • Cauliflower – $2.56
    • You saw the disaster that this made last Friday. If you haven’t, go read my last post.
  • Avocado – $.99 cents each (normally around $1.50)
    • Took advantage of the Cinco de Mayo sale. Avocados are great on salads or just as a snack. And I have a few avocado recipes I’ve been looking to try. I’ll let you know how they turn out. Also I’m currently brainstorming ideas on how to eat guacamole without the chips. I think I saw a few people that put it on top of their burgers.
  • Green onions – $1.29
    • Used in a lot of my recipes. Also try mincing some up and place in a pan on medium heat. Add some garlic and saute for about a minute. Add a few eggs. Scramble. Then add a few cut up grape tomatoes. This is how the Colombian-side of my family makes scrambled eggs. Not sure if it’s actually Colombian or just how my mum and aunts do it.
  • Cilantro – $.59 cents
    • OK so let me just say that this is the last time I ever buy cilantro. Mostly because of what happened last Friday (again, see last post). But also because no matter what I do to keep it fresh, it’s always disgusting in a few days. I even did the trick that everyone recommended. Placed it in a jar and covered with a bag. Still didn’t last. I’ve decided I’m going to grow my own.
  • Feta cheese – $3.99 BOGO free
    • I like cheese. This was on sale.
  • Bananas – $.40 cents/lb
    • For those of you who don’t know me, I hate bananas. Not a dislike. I hate them. Ever since I was in Kindgarten. I have no idea why, but every time I try to eat them, I start gagging. What’s worse is sometimes just the very smell of them will make me sick to my stomach. And I can smell them from a mile away. I once had to move a trash can at the office because someone threw away a banana peel. So you’re probably asking yourself “well then why the hell did you buy bananas?” Well one because they were ridiculously cheap (cue the Jewish jokes…) And two because I’ve been wanting to try out a pancake recipe made out of them that everyone raves about. And figured if I hate it, I wasted about $1. 
  • 2.56 lbs of Salmon – $5.99/lb (normally around $8.99/lb)
    • I think I’ve already mentioned in past posts why this is such a great deal. I’ve easily gotten multiple meals out of it. And you can always slice it up and freeze portions. 
  • Perdue 8pack of frozen chicken breast – $7.99 (normally $12.49)
    • I’m still on the fence about this purchase. Yes it was the cheapest. Even with the BOGO free chicken sale at Jewel, this sale put the price per chicken breast lower. And since they’re frozen individually, they’re incredibly easy to use when I need them. However I tried cooking one yesterday. Followed the instructions. Said from frozen just pop in the pan and cook for 9 minutes. Easy enough. Only I felt like it looked a little freezer-burned. Or maybe overcooked. Going to have to play with it more. If anyone has an advice, I’d appreciate it.

Week Two Total Spending = $57.39

2 thoughts on “Grocery Store Haul Week #2”

  1. TJ’s has Mini Pearl Tomatoes for $2.99 for a bigger container. If you eat a lot of them, maybe a good deal for you.

    I ended up mostly a TJ’s fan because it’s a block away from my place, but it’s been pretty adequate and inexpensive for most of my grocery shopping.

    You might also want to try mashed cauliflower as a substitute for mashed potatoes – it’s not bad, and it doesn’t matter if you overcook it. I also like roasted cauliflower, and Smitten Kitchen has a fantastic cauliflower salad recipe.

  2. I am a huge TJ’s fan! Though, like you, I was on the fence forever about them. I never went, but now I’m hooked. I go to the grocery store for Chobani and other random items (mainly ethnic items).

    As for the chicken…I always buy frozen, especially because it’s only $6 for about 10-12 frozen breasts at TJ’s! My tip is to put it in the fridge and let thaw overnight. I don’t care what the package says, I always have issues if I don’t let it thaw in the fridge first. You have to pre-plan your meals more, but the tasty chicken is totally worth it.

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