Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Shopping Trip

So I went to the grocery store with $25 to spend, and I think I did pretty well!

Here's what I bought:
1 lb box of Oat O's - the generic Cheerio - $2.19
1 gallon of whole milk - $3.75
Wonder Bread - $2.00
Generic peanut butter - $1.59
Generic grape jam - $1.15
1 lb box of pasta - $0.89
1 can of Hunts meat tomato sauce - $0.99
1 lb frozen green beans - $1.09
5 lbs white rice - $2.99
1 lb red kidney beans - $1.19
Perdue breaded chicken cutlets - $3.00
3/4 lb pork stew meat - $2.10
2 generic yogurts - $0.40 each

Here's what I usually buy but could not afford (and chose not to buy):
Fresh produce, juice, hot dogs, waffles, cookies, chips, and lunch meat.

The week's menu:
Breakfast - Oat O's with milk or a yogurt (twice)
Lunch - PB & J sandwiches
Dinners - Pork Curry with Rice and Green Beans, Pasta with Meat Sauce (twice), Red Beans and Rice (three times), Chicken Cutlets with Rice and Green Beans.

What I learned:
- Grape jelly is significantly less expensive than raspberry or strawberry.
- Wonder bread is more nutritionally-dense than I thought it would be since it is fortified.
- Oatmeal may be filling because of all the fiber, but it isn't nutritionally dense.  So even though it was less expensive than the Oat O's, I chose them because they were fortified.
- I would be in big trouble if I needed to buy things other than food; I would quickly run out of money if I needed household products like toilet paper, lightbulbs, or laundry detergent.

Tonight we are having pasta with the Hunts meat sauce.  I cooked half the box and half the can respectively.  One serving has 480 calories, 3g fat, 16g protein, 28% of your daily fiber, 35% of your daily iron, plus 20 - 50% of some vitamins.  Not great, but not bad either.  Tomorrow: Pork curry!

1 comment:

  1. Heather! I love it that you are doing this!! I am surprised Bananas did not make the cut- they are pretty inexpensive....Coming from someone who spends what I feel like A LOT on grocerys for a week due to lots of fruit and veggies- I think it is very admirable you are doing this and we can all learn a lot from it. Can't wait to hear more. LOVE YOU!
    P.S. So funny you started this....I was just thinking about how I wanted to start a diabetes blog....