Friday, July 01, 2011

July 1 Food Shopping

I am going to try something new with the blog.  I know I've been very absent lately..  I don't have any excuses. I'm just not really feeling it... so I'm going to do something a little different.

I get a lot of emails... and one of the most asked question is what do I buy and how do I use it?  Earlier on, I asked if you guys wanted me to post my shopping list, but received very little response.. so I stopped doing it.

I'm going to try it again.  Basically, I will update when I shop, or at least 3 times a week.  Lately, I've been riding my bike to the grocery store every other day or so.  I budget $100/month for food.  On the first of the month, I get $100 in cash out of the bank in $5 increments.
Today's purchases at Market Basket in Portsmouth were:
  • 1 lb dry black beans .99
  • 1 bunch cilantro 1.29
  • Iceberg lettuce .49
  • Garlic .38
  • Total= 3.15 
The iceberg lettuce was from the reduced produce bin.  Friday mornings are a great time to come in because they receive a HUGE order for the weekend and need to move all of the produce out to re-stock.

I will pressure cook the whole pound of beans with spices and cilantro and use that to make:

16 comments:

  1. This is great! My husband and I are going to try this out this month so please please keep posting! :)

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  2. You've inspired me to have a go at the challenge. (just hoping I don't fail the 1st day!) I used a currency convertor and my allowance would be around £2.10 a day.

    Sorry if you've answered this somewhere else, but how much allowance do you give yourself for store cupboard staples?

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  3. Great to hear you are back with a new project! I will be enjoying all your postings about your shopping. I’m a single person and find it difficult to shop, cook (find recipes) to make it easy to eat a healthy diet for ONE. Just a suggestion, being that you are also single, maybe you could expand your project with a series of blogs that include shopping/cooking/healthy recipes FOR ONE. Thank you for all you share.

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  4. it's always nice to see a new post from you :) go with what you're feeling! your beautiful photography draws me into whatever you're currently blogging about.

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  5. Yes! I would love to see how you utilize your groceries...great idea!

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  6. Oh, I love your new idea! I'm fascinated to get the details of how you spend your money frugally and turn it into fabulous, healthful but inexpensive meals. I'll be following closely.

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  7. Yes, I love this, please continue it! I've tried over and over to track my groceries, only buy what I need for the week, etc., but never seem to make a dent in the overall monthly bill!

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  8. This is great! Thank you, I'm going to try and keep up with you.

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  9. Love all your posts. Very interested in your shopping lists, tips and seeing what you buy to stay within your budget. Thank you for sharing!

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  10. I like this idea of sharing your shopping list, along with what you create with the items.
    Just started eating vegan over a month ago, after seeing the movie 'Forks Over Knives'. Lost 20lbs. so far. Not a fan of 'processed foods'.

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  11. I love your blog. I spend a fortune on food. I am working to incorporate some of your tips in my shopping!

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  12. Where do you live where food items are so low? you must not be getting organic produce!

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  13. I am super excited with this new feature! With a non-vegan family (four kids + hubby) and one income (hubby is a schoolteacher)I am looking for cheap... I don't mind doing prep - like cooking my own beans, etc, but I'm still thinking "meat" for them... I like your breakdowns for me! I'm a sucker for menu plans and grocery lists!

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  14. Love this idea for posting. I'll follow along too, always up for a challenge! Do you shop daily?

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  15. I've missed your posts. I'd love to see your ideas on saving for the grocery budget.

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  16. I really enjoy this blog and the vegan one as well. The photos are beautiful and the food is saving my life! I cannot eat dairy and I don't eat meat. The only thing is, where do you live that your groceries are so inexpensive? I live in Silver Spring, MD (next to D.C.) and I shop at Whole Foods and Farmer's Markets, but prices keep going up. I don't have a garden like I used to due to living in an apartment building and no place for a community garden. My kitty eats my inside herbs so I gave up with that. Anyway, any suggestions? Anyway, PLEASE keep up the great blog site and I am looking forward to your book Thanks. Also, please give recipe and list for gluten free choco. chip cookies! Thank YOU!!! You are the best! Fondly, Lois Groner Klein

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