Friday, March 18, 2016
Peep Goes Grocery Shopping
It's mind boggling how much everything costs now. And the healthier it is, the more it costs. Why is that? Is everything so adulterated that they have to up the price on the food? This time around I did not go to the discount grocery store. Some of the foods are okay at the discount grocery store but the meats and some items are not the same quality and there is less choice. I also was not visiting the Mexican grocery store which I go to usually at least once a month for a full week or two worth of food. So this was an occasional shopping trip to a regular mainstream suburban store:
Some of the decisions and thoughts going through my mind as I grocery shopped today:
1. I can't afford that cereal it's an extra. The lactase milk will cost me at least 3.49. The decent cereals are all 6.00 dollars a box or more.
2. Three bags of broccoli slaw for 5 dollars? Well I'll take two, five dollars is too much to spend on one item. Those 10 for 10 dollar deals are insane and no help to anyone whose not middle class and above because who has 10 dollars for one item to spend.
3. The bag of mandarin oranges was 5.99, it costs the same as Aldis too, well I have a few left over at home, I better wait.
4. $10.00 dollars for a pound of boneless skinless chicken thighs? What do they think we are millionaires? I bought the non-skinless ones and thought well, I'll just cook them down.
5. Why are onions a dollar each now? Are they insane?
6. While looking at some veggie patties and their ingredients to help husband with his gout..."What on earth is mycroproteins? "Mycroproteins are 41% of this product". If I don't know what it is, I don't feel like eating it! Is it something to do with mushrooms? Who wants to have to check scientific manuals while grocery shopping? I didn't buy any vegetable patties. They wanted 7.99 for a box of ones with recognizable ingredients and I couldn't afford those.
7. Why is there only one roll of frozen ground turkey in this entire store? Did a legion of housewives battle each other to the death for the cheapest meat in the place for 1.99?
8. Why do recipes call for so many ingredients? Basil, fennel, and all that junk is extra money. I was thinking of a bean soup recipe I had seen from the other day to make with some dry beans I had left over.
9. Hmm I just need an inch piece of that ginger to flavor the dish I am planning.
10. This turkey lunch meat is expensive too, but it tastes far better then that salt-filled stuff I buy at the discount grocery store. Maybe I'll bloat up less.
I ended up buying a bag of carrots, celery, 1 large round turnip to use for a soup, a head of lettuce, a piece of ginger, 2 things of green onions, 2 bags of broccoli slaw, some cheap eggs, some organic eggs, a pound and half of turkey lunch meat, whole wheat bread, chicken thighs, a small piece of beef to cut up for stir fry, a couple other meats, a small piece of pork to do the same, lactase milk, cottage cheese, other chicken, bean thread noodles, a hunk of real parmesan cheese, a box of spaghetti, a big bag of those little peppers that are red orange and yellow, one green pepper, husband's frozen French fries--I'm allergic to potatoes, European brand butter--it was cheaper then regular, mayonnaise, salad dressing, canned tomatoes, shampoo, toilet paper and detergent. It sent us back over 100 bucks. Grocery shopping isn't easy. I know it is getting harder and harder for people out there. I have to cook a lot, and frozen foods make me feel crummy. The only aisle of the grocery store I go out of the perimeter for is when I bought the spaghetti and canned tomatoes.