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What I’m Eating (with shopping list and costs)

Last year, TUM and I spent an obscene amount of money on eating out at restaurants. You see, I am an absolute sucker for getting the basil rolls and the soup at Chinese restaurants. I love the appetizers because when I go to restaurants, I am hungry and it was inconvenient to eat before going out. And yes, I know that staying at home is one of the million ways to save money.

We’ve recently switched over to the primal diet, and it’s quite full of meat, vegetables, and fruit. This means an increased reliance on Aldi to get the best prices and the best deals for the household. We are only two people, and prices are going up and up. TUM’s going to grow a garden this year, which should dramatically cut the price of tomatoes, cucumbers, and herbs.

Chicken Thighs (3.28 lb) $4.23 Expected Servings: 8 (putting half in soup)
Fresh 80% Lean Beef (2.37 lb) $6.38 Expected Servings: 4 (as main course x 2)
Polska Kielbasa (13 oz) $2.49 Expected Servings: 4 (as main course x 2)
Beef Smoked Sausage (14 oz) $2.49 Expected Servings: 4 (as main course x 2)
Pork Rinds (3.75 oz) $0.89 Expected Servings: 2 (used as snack food)
Pork Rinds (3.75 oz) $0.89 Expected Servings: 2 (used as snack food)
Tomatoes (4) $1.59 Expected Servings: 4 (put in 4 salads)
Lg. Pitted Olives (6 oz can) $0.99 Expected Servings: 4 (put in 4 salads)
Light Fruit Cocktail (15 oz) $0.89 Expected Servings: 2 (cottage cheese+mayo+fruit+salt=Yum!)
Pure Olive Oil (17 oz) $2.99 (used as spice)
Broccoli Florets (12 oz) $1.09 Expected Servings: 2 (as side for main)
Stir Fry (37 oz) $3.49 Expected Servings: 4 (as side for main)
Stir Fry (37 oz) $3.49 Expected Servings: 4 (as side for main)
Baby Carrots (16 oz) $0.99 Expected Servings: (putting bag in soup)
Broccoli Florets (12 oz) $1.09 Expected Servings: 2 (as side for main)
Bleu Cheese Crumbles (5 oz) $1.99 Expected Servings: 2 (as topping for 2 salads)
Cabbage (1 medium head) $1.29 Expected Servings: 4 (making sauerkraut)
Iceberg Lettuce (1 medium head) $0.99 Expected Servings: 4 (making 4 salads)
Grapefruit (5 medium) $1.49 Expected Servings: 5 (as snacks)
Flat Leaf Spinach (8 oz) $1.69 Expected Servings: 4 (as side for main)
Italian Salad (10 oz) $1.99 Expected Servings: 4 (more salads)

Non-Perishable / Non-Edible
Toilet Paper (12 Rolls) $4.99
Paper Towels (3 Rolls) $1.99
Plastic Aldi Bags x3 $0.30

Total Spent (with tax): $51.79

We were bad today, and spent $25 at a local restaurant which was good, though it wasn’t worth the price. As I said, I’m madly in love with basil rolls, though I’m going to be learning how to make them so I can refuse them. You see, one of my decision points when I’m eating out is whether I can make said item myself. This is one of the reasons that I didn’t generally order pasta when I was eating it, because even I can toss four shrimp into a bowl of noodles.

Most of the items on the list are going to be good for at least four servings. We seriously scored on the grapefruit, since it’s currently running around $3.99 for six of them at nearly any other grocery store around. The rest of the stuff has a higher per pound price, too. If I were getting these items at Publix, I would have spent between $80-100.

I like to leave the actual meal planning up in the air, because it promotes a sense of creativity and spontenaity. I look at what’s in the fridge and make it on the spot, but the key for me is to have this stuff hanging out in the fridge to cook. As more stuff is added to the grocery list, I’ll put in more costs on things as they come up and I shop more during the course of the year.