I set my weekly budget at $100. Because I rarely leave Giant Eagle (Pittsburgh's biggest grocery chain) with less than a $150-$200 bill, this seemed daunting. I was pleasantly surprised with the results! These are the totals from last Friday through today.
Staple items purchased:
- 2 bags whole-wheat flour (on sale at Right By Nature)
- 3 jars tahini (also on sale)
- Earth Balance shortening
- Olive oil
- Cooking spray
- Chocolate chips (yes, I consider this a staple!)
- Red Beans and Rice with Whole-Grain Flatbread
- Brussels Sprouts with Walnuts
- Lentils and Rice with Caramelized Onions
- Cajun Stuffed Mushrooms
- Steamed Broccoli with Veganomicon's Cheesy Sauce
- Tofu Scramble
- Truffled Mushrooms over Whipped White Beans*
- Black Beans with Chipotle Adobo Sauce Wraps*
- Leek and Bean Cassoulet with Biscuits*
- Cookies and Cream Cupcakes*
- Lemony Vanilla Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream Frosting*
- Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Fruit and veggies for breakfast and snacks
*items purchased, but haven't made this yet
- I think my total this week was so low because I had so many ingredients on hand.
- The food I made on my own saved me about $8.
- I've never paid attention to sales before now, but I'm seeing it really pays off.
- It also pays to not shop at Giant Eagle for everything. I now shop at Trader Joe's for most fruits and veggies and some staples (their vegan chocolate chips, for example, are nearly $4 less than Giant Eagle's!) And Right By Nature has good sales, plus a reward program.
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