|Checking the cost per ounce|
Despite the fact that I left the store with a full cart, it felt like one of those trips where I didn't really buy anything. I got a lot of ingredients and a lot of odds and ends, and it cost (brace yourself) $165. About 2/3 of the items I bought were on sale or I had a coupon, and I still spent $165! I feel ill. I noticed a few things while at the store.
1. The cost of cheese has skyrocketed. I usually buy the store brand of brick cheese, which, since I moved to RI five years ago, was frequently on sale for $4 for 2. Now, it's always $3.49 and the package has gotten smaller. It used to be ten ounces, now it's eight. The manufacturer changed the design from a square to a rectangle, presumably to make it look bigger than it is, but it just looks tiny.
2. Eggs are way up too. I've started buying the carton of 18, and it was $3.59
3. It's hard to pinpoint exactly why this shopping trip cost so much. I did indulge in a slightly fancier variety of yogurt, but it was on sale so was hardly more expensive than my usual. I feel like the price of everything I bought was just slightly higher. The tomatoes I bought were $4 for four, even though they were on sale as well. Asparagus was $4.67--so I am going to make damn sure I eat this produce before it goes bad. I also bought more meat than usual for bf--bratwurst, pepperoni.
Plans for the future?
- Well, I'm going to stick with the barley--just keep adding it to everything.
- Over the winter, I'm going to cut way back on fresh produce and stick with frozen--there's no price increase there so far.
- I'm going to cut way down on my consumption of snacky foods like chips and crackers. That's been something I've been working on anyway--for my waist and my budget--but have you seen the price of crackers lately!?!? Unreal.
- I'm going to keep on rekindling my love of the bean--up next, vegetarian chili!
- I'm going to eat a lot of potatoes, which I also love.
Anyone else have any tips for how to save at the store without starving?