Or at least, that is what I have to tell myself today. I stuck to my (insanely long) list, I did not stray one bit, and at the end of the day, I spent $134.06 this week on groceries: $63.14 at Aldi, an insane $55.80 at Walmart, and $15.12 at Kroger.
The new diet has begun for my spouse. He’s on a special diet to reduce his cholesterol and blood pressure designed by a nutritionist through his workplace, and I had to buy a whole lot of new foods this week. The positive side to this, budget wise, is that there were a lot of things I bought this week that I won’t have to buy again for weeks or months. All of the meats I needed to buy, I bought enough to last at least a month if not two based on portion sizes. There were also a number of other items, like reduced fat peanut butter, salt free seasonings, and different bakery items, that I won’t have to replace for a good long while (the extra bakery items will go in the freezer until use).
But will it all even out? I have no idea, but I am positive it won’t be this expensive every week. Buying frozen flounder and tuna at Walmart really drove the total up there, and that won’t happen every week. And I had to buy “Power Bars” which my spouse has for a snack every other day, and I bought a box of them that should last two weeks.
I do know this though: shopping only the perimeter of the store is much more expensive than the aisles, if this week is any indication. I bought almost no prepackaged foods (the power bars were about it) and I spent a ton more than I usually do when I by about half prepackaged and half fresh.
So… the diet has begun, and we’re not bankrupt yet. We’ll see how things go next week.