I set out with the intention of only doing one shopping trip in August. I might pop over to the green grocer if I need fresh fruit and veg, but I have a pretty well stocked freezer at this time.
I decided to get a Zipcar for the trip, both for the groceries and because I had a few packages waiting for me at the post office, including a cat tree. It was an indulgence for sure, coming in at a total of $29.63 for the 3 hours, after my monthly “pre-pay” of $10 was deducted. It did allow me to buy large items, but it needs to be considered when thinking about the total cost. Maybe next summer I’ll buy a cargo trailer for the bike.
I went to the No Frills at Lakeshore and Brownsline. It’s a very big store and well stocked. This is what I came out with:
|Item||Servings or size||Price per unit|
|All purpose flour||$8.27||10 kg||$0.08 per 100 g|
|Black turtle beans||$6.81||2.7 kg||$0.25 per 100 g|
|Calrose Rice||$14.99||8 kg||$1.87 per 100 g|
|Eggs, extra large||$6.00||24 ea||$0.25 ea|
|English Muffins||$1.00||12 pieces||8.3 cents each|
|Instant Yeast||$4.47||113 g|
|Red Kidney||$4.54||1.8 kg||$0.25 per 100g|
|White vinegar||$1.97||4 L|
|Celery stalks||$1.27||1 bunch|
|Frozen chopped spinach||$4.00||1.2 kg (4 x 300 g)|
|Frozen fruit blend||$11.00||2.75 kg|
|Local peaches||$5.54||6 L (2 x 3L)|
|Cat litter (Purina Tidy Cat)||$14.97||12.3 kg|
|Cat food (Meow Mix)||$6.00||2 kg|
|Dish soap (Palmolive)||$2.00||887 ml|
|Mason jars||$9.97||12 ea||$0.94 each|
Nothing was on “sale”, but the english muffins were picked from the clearance section, and I’ve already made a batch of breakfast sandwiches which I have frozen. I’ll make a post about those later!
After reviewing the state of my freezer, I think the 10 kg of flour might have been overkill. I intend to bake some cookies for myself and a banana loaf for a colleague this week, but I am not sure I can eat as quickly as I want to be baking. I also will probably end up baking something with the peaches.
I also bought a giant bag of rice. The No Name brand calrose was sold out, so I got the Roster Brand. I was able to get it into containers and in my pantry. That along with the beans and a variety of lentils I have at home I hope to be able to have a good base for lunches for the coming months.
What did you buy at the grocery store this week?