Rather than try and cram all the shopping into one day this time, I actually started the shopping last Wednesday with trips to Costco and WinCo, mainly because I had my list ready and was bored. Or at least I thought I was bored; it turned out I was actually just really, really tired for some reason. By the time I got home after that one trip, I unpacked and put away everything and then collapsed, and didn’t remember until later that I had wanted to take pictures. Oh well. I finished up the shopping yesterday with trips to Fubonn Asian supermarket, Trader Joe’s and New Season’s market. I did manage pictures from Fubonn and Trader Joe’s.
Can I just say that it is getting harder and harder to stay within our food budget? I just cannot get over how much prices seem to go up every time I go to the store. Sometimes it’s just 30 cents here or there, but other times it’s more. For example, I used to be able to buy a package of 5-6 chicken thighs at Fubonn for under $3.00, but yesterday the least expensive package I could find of 6 thighs was $4.67! Thankfully pork prices were still low as I needed three pounds of ground pork to make potstickers this week. The ground beef at New Seasons was almost a dollar more per pound than I have paid in the past.
I know I could find cheaper foods at other stores, but I remain committed to buying locally raised and/or produced food as much as possible and intend to do so as long as possible. It’s becoming a struggle though. Thank goodness we have a garden, although it’s going to be another couple of months before it really starts producing.
Anyway, I spent $52.28 at Costco, $54.56 at Winco, $30.19 at Fubonn, $60.33 at Trader Joe’s, and $25.10 at New Seasons, for a total of $222.46, $37.54 under our budget of $260, which gives me a little wiggle room for milk, produce and a trip to the farmer’s market tomorrow.