Eileen has posted here; she avoids Whole Foods at all costs. She says the salmon is really good, so she goes for that, but will not take a basket or cart--just in and out for the salmon.
I also thought of Liz, who comments here, and said--Why list groceries, as they are a necessity, not a splurge? I explained that I have a tendency to splurge even when grocery shopping, so I keep track here. [Please note, I did NOT buy a $25 Dr. Hauschka lipstick at Whole Foods today. Progress.]
I was thinking of Eileen when I filled my cart. With Rachael, my fabulous friend and health coach, I had planned five healthy meals for the week, a couple of them with vegan/vegetarian options for Dan and Figgy. I had made a careful list. I chose more affordable 365 brand whenever possible. I did get some organic vegs and fruits, and some that were not organic. Rachael is about eating best quality, and not too much.
I spent a lot. But I am hoping this will mean fewer trips to the store. I might do this once a month and see how far it takes me.
Because the bill was so high--$298.72 for 65 items--I want to list some of them. I got everything from rainbow carrots to celery, eggs to part-skim mozzarella, almond milk to coffee beans, broccoli crowns to a head of organic cauliflower. Snow-white cauli, snow-white natural kitchen sponges, a fat organic orange pepper. Even a bunch of fresh beets, because I'm going to make those beet brownies again. A lot of the items should last for a while--parchment paper, vanilla, EVOO, Parmigiano-Reggiano wedge.
- One gallon 365 brand organic whole milk, $5.99.
- Large [3 pound] bag frozen Wyman's wild small blueberries from Maine, $11.99.
- Six oz organic fresh raspberries, $5.99.
- Fresh haricots verts, $5.99.
- Four oz bottle pure vanilla extract [price has skyrocketed], $19.99.
- Local [Pennsylvania dairy] Trickling Springs organic heavy cream in glass pint bottle, $6.99 plus $2 deposit on returnable bottle. Or use cute retro milk bottle as vase.
- One lb. smoked salmon/lox, $19.99.
- Gorgeous .41 lb. raw milk Parmigiano-Reggiano, all craggy and just waiting to be grated over spaghetti squash strands topped with turkey Bolognese, $8.61.
- Mrs. Meyer's dishwasher packets, $9.99.
- Callebaut bittersweet chocolate, thinking ahead to chocolate-dipped strawberries I will bring to women's group Monday [we take turns bringing snack], .56 lb, $5.59.
- Three lbs. lean ground turkey breast, $6.99 per lb., $21.
- Large 365 brand extra-virgin olive oil, $9.99.
- Two lbs. organic Honeycrisp apples [I plan to bake a couple and drizzle with #6], $8.10.
- One lb. fresh stuffed grape leaves for Fig and Dan, $5.94.
- Four large cans San Marzano tomatoes, two diced & two crushed, $15.96.
- Two shiny half-pound boxes of wrapped Kerrygold Irish butter sticks, $6.58.
$ MONEY SPENT OUT OF POCKET
- La Maison du Chocolat, I bit for the free shipping email for International Women's Day--big dark baking bar [see beet brownie reference, above], $18.
It's a large bar, .55 lb.
- Montclair parking meter, 50 cents.
- Garden State Parkway tolls, driving back and forth to Hackensack and later, to Montvale, about $5.
- Gasoline, $20.
- Smashburger, turkey burger, $2 extra for GF bun, unsweetened iced tea, $13.63.
- Pink Bungalow gift shop, pack of 6 supercute folders for Punch [school], me and Fig to share, $14.93.
- Whole Foods for family of four, $298.72.
- Wegmans cafe, in between visit and sleepover for Punch, dinner for both of us and some treats for her to bring to sleepover, $34.50.
- Wegmans, bottle of Green Machine Naked Juice, $3.19.
SO FAR, THAT'S AN AVERAGE DAILY SPEND OF: $149.35.
THE HAIRCUT AND Whole Foods DROVE IT UP.