How Not To Use a Grocery List – 28 Goals – Week 7

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Grocery shopping? I’m game! Here’s how I did this week:

Please note that we have switched to using the Harris Teeter Express Lane as I can no longer drive or shop. Now what we are getting is exactly what is ordered unless they are out of stock.

What was in the bags?

  • Milk
  • Canned Pineapple Chunks (10)
  • Canned Sliced Peaches (2)
  • Unsweetened Apple Sauce (2)
  • Canned Pear Slices (4)
  • Bryer’s Ice Cream
  • Fuji Apples (6)

What was thrown out this week:

  • Twinkies found in the freezer… from before we moved in here… it was their time…

Anything from the garden?

  • Nothing… garden is done for this year

How much did I save this week?

$15.60… or 34.66% this week. We did not do as good this week, but we were mainly buying non-perishable items for stocking up.

What did you throw out this week?

~Emme

How Not To Use a Grocery List – 28 Goals – Week 6

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Grocery shopping? I’m game! Here’s how I did this week:

Please note that we have switched to using the Harris Teeter Express Lane as I can no longer drive or shop. Now what we are getting is exactly what is ordered unless they are out of stock.

What was in the bags?

  • Potato Hamburger Buns
  • Caffeine Free Diet Soda
  • Progresso Soup (5)
  • Finish Dishwasher Detergent
  • HT Mayo
  • Colby Cheese
  • Pepper Jack Cheese
  • Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • Pantyliners
  • Chicken Tenderloin (5)
  • Ground Beef
  • Angus London Broil
  • Sweet Onions (5)
  • Hot House Tomatoes (3)
  • Boston Butter Lettuce
  • Red Potatoes

What was thrown out this week:

  • Sour Cream… went old before we could finish it

Anything from the garden?

  • Nothing… garden is done for this year

How much did I save this week?

$163.65… or 70.29% this week. You cannot beat frozen chicken breast tenderloin for buy 2 get 3 free. They are so great to toss into the crock pot with some Sweet Baby Ray’s… yum…

What did you throw out this week?

~Emme

How Not To Use a Grocery List – 28 Goals – Week 5

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Grocery shopping? I’m game! Here’s how I did this week:

Please note that we have switched to using the Harris Teeter Express Lane as I can no longer drive or shop. Now what we are getting is exactly what is ordered unless they are out of stock.

What was in the bags?

  • Wild Cherry Pepsi (5)
  • Yardley Bar Soap (4)
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Hormel Entree (2)
  • Fuji Apples (6)
  • Red Potatoes
  • Chicken Breast (5)
  • Fiber One Bars
  • Heavy Cream (2)
  • Yum Yum Sauce

What was thrown out this week:

  • Romaine Lettuce… that I did not buy… or put in my fridge… or have anything to put on it to turn into a salad…

Anything from the garden?

  • Nothing… garden is done for this year

How much did I save this week?

$67.79… or 46.98% this week. Both the chicken and the Pepsi were on buy 2 get 3 free sales so we had to stock up. I am still getting used to the whole… your coupons are going to show up on the next order thing… it is still a bit confusing to me.

What did you throw out this week?

~Emme

How Not To Use a Grocery List – 28 Goals – Week 4

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Grocery shopping? I’m game! Here’s how I did this week:

Please note that we have switched to using the Harris Teeter Express Lane as I can no longer drive or shop. Now what we are getting is exactly what is ordered unless they are out of stock.

What was in the bags?

  • Yellow Rice (2 Packages)
  • Jiffy Cornbread Mix (5 Packages)
  • Dark Brown Sugar
  • Light Brown Sugar
  • UTZ Chips
  • Eddys (5 different tubs)
  • Heluva Good dip
  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Onions (6)

What was thrown out this week:

  • Half a tub of leftover sweet & sour sauce… it came with some Chinese food and was never used.

Anything from the garden?

  • Nothing… garden is done for this year

How much did I save this week?

$28.23… or 45.44% this week. Both the ice cream and the Jiffy Cornbread mix were on buy 2 get 3 free sales so we had to stock up. We had wanted kohlrabi as well, but they told us that the greens on top were not looking too fresh so they didn’t include them. Which is fine… we like to eat the greens as well as the bulbs.

What did you throw out this week?

~Emme

100 Foods: Brussels Sprouts

While decluttering my bookcase I discovered a hidden gem: Parragon Books’ “100 Best Health Foods.”

This book takes an interesting, in-depth look at 100 amazing foods and discusses their healthy properties. That said, Parragon does not bother to go into any sort of detail as to which seasons the foods are from or where they are from, which is great… as the publisher is in the UK and I am not.

Also the recipes in this book are not necessarily for the busy on-the-go people or they don’t really make the healthy food the stand out in the completed dish.

My plan… I’m going to tackle these 100 health foods relative to their seasonality in my area (some are never seasonable here… but I will follow their seasons in the location in which they are grown) and find simple easy recipes that showcase the foods. Which could be great for amazing foods like plums… but not so great for anchovies…

Brussels Sprouts

Okay… I don’t eat these. I have never had them prepared any way that tastes even remotely pleasant to me. Fine… they are better than eggplant, but still… if it is not offered to me… it’s never going to make it on my plate.

They are supposed to contain the same anti-cancer properties as broccoli, but their high vitamin K content is bad for those on anti-coagulants.

What do they have in them? They have high levels of Thiamine, Vitamin B6, Folate, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Iron, Manganese and Phosphorus.

Anyone know of any tasty ways to eat them? I’m always open to suggestions.

~Emme

How Not To Use a Grocery List – 28 Goals – Week 3

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Grocery shopping? I’m game! Here’s how I did this week:

Please note that we have switched to using the Harris Teeter Express Lane as I can no longer drive or shop. Now what we are getting is exactly what is ordered unless they are out of stock.

What was in the bags?

  • Pepperoni
  • Canned Tomatoes
  • Garlic Toast
  • Frozen Corn
  • Frozen Snap Peas
  • Heluva Good Greek Dip
  • Milk
  • Bacon
  • Gala Apples
  • Glutino Bagels

What was thrown out this week:

  • Old cornbread… found it in the fridge… last time we made cornbread was Thanksgiving… whoops

Anything from the garden?

  • Rosemary and sage… love having those around

How much did I save this week?

$29.24… or 36.19% this week. Coupons for Express Lane shopping are a little strange to begin with. They go on the next order you have instead of on the order you are picking up that day. While we did drop off 3 coupons for our next order, this orders savings were all from regular store savings.

What did you throw out this week?

~Emme

100 Foods: Olive Oil

While decluttering my bookcase I discovered a hidden gem: Parragon Books’ “100 Best Health Foods.”

This book takes an interesting, in-depth look at 100 amazing foods and discusses their healthy properties. That said, Parragon does not bother to go into any sort of detail as to which seasons the foods are from or where they are from, which is great… as the publisher is in the UK and I am not.

Also the recipes in this book are not necessarily for the busy on-the-go people or they don’t really make the healthy food the stand out in the completed dish.

My plan… I’m going to tackle these 100 health foods relative to their seasonality in my area (some are never seasonable here… but I will follow their seasons in the location in which they are grown) and find simple easy recipes that showcase the foods. Which could be great for amazing foods like plums… but not so great for anchovies…

Olive Oil

Rumor is that there are some varieties of olives that might grow well in this area… but I don’t think I will be making my own olive oil any time soon.

Olive oil is a staple that just sits on my counter. Usually I have a small bottle of nice expensive, flavorful oil that I keep on hand for special occasions; however, right now I just have a giant industrial size bottle that should last me about 6 months. As I cook and bake from scratch quite a bit, using up a ton of oil before it goes bad is not hard for me. If you want to be technical I should keep it out of direct sunlight, but I don’t think my stove gets that much sunlight so we should be fine.

Olive oil contains polyphenols which are good for your heart and it is also really good for all sorts of skin care as it is high in Vitamin E and K.

How do you like your olive oil?

~Emme