First official week of the $100 paleo grocery challenge! Who’s excited!?
If you don’t know what I’m talking about or want to know the rules, check here.
I’ll start with a workout brag though. I did 30 miles on the stationary bike Saturday. Whoa buddy, did my bum hurt after. It took 1:47:10 and I got a lot of reading done, which is the only good part about being on an indoor bike.
I can’t wait to get outside and ride. My new helmet came last week!
After the ride, Carter and I went grocery shopping with my in-laws. Harley and Scott were at the Monster Truck Show. I knew Sunday was going to be busy with family dinner at my grandpa’s, so I wanted to get it out of the way. We went to Meijer and McCord’s Market. (Note: There are a couple non-paleo items in the photos, I’ll address them later.)
|Ground Beef 1.20# @ 2.99/#||3.59|
|Smoked Pepper Salmon||6.49|
|Fresh Salmon 1.35# @ 6.99/#||9.17|
|Angus Round Steak 1.87# @ 2.49/#||4.27|
I looked at the salmon and realized it wasn’t paleo/whole30 compliant. Preservatives. Blast. Another lesson learned, make sure you READ INGREDIENTS!
Also, there is a corned beef brisket for Scott.
|Parsnips 1.78# @ 1.10/#||1.96|
|Broccoli 6 bunches @ 0.88/each||5.28|
|Brussel Sprouts 1#||2.25|
|Green Peppers 5||1.39|
|Grean Beans 3.19# @ 0.49/#||1.56|
|Summer Squash 1.81# @ 1.79/#||3.24|
|Red Peppers 4||2.13|
|Avocados 4 (after $1 off coupon)||1.79|
|Cabbage 2.62# @ 0.14/#||0.37|
|Pears 2.06# @ 1.28/#||2.64|
|Tomatoes (after $1 off coupon)||1.5|
|Stir Fry Mix (after $1 off coupon)||1.5|
If you don’t shop the marked down produce rack at your grocery store, then you should. If your store doesn’t have one, that blows. Also, if you are lucky enough to have a Meijer to shop at, check for MPERKS! Coupons for produce is rare. Meijer has got your back. Super easy, sign up with your phone number, no rewards card to keep track of, just type into the keypad at the end of your transaction to see the savings come off.
|Fuji Apples 3# Bag||2.5|
|Braeburn Apples 3# Bag||2.5|
|Green Grapes 1.92# @ 1.29/#||2.48|
|Bananas 8.45# @ 0.39/#||3.3|
|Pears 2.06# @ 1.28/#||2.64|
Overall, I’m very satisfied with my shopping trip. I didn’t get to write a list either, but I generally try to buy things that are on sale. I actually clipped the mperks while I was shopping.
Paleo Friendly Grocery Total: 71.05!
Under budget by $28.95! Overage will be saved for bulk ordering. I’m going to order from the local co-op coconut chips and whole almonds so I can make my own coconut milk, coconut butter, almond milk, almond flour, etc.
And I didn’t get to buy Scott’s pop for in the non-paleo groceries, but there’s plenty left from the $25 I allot for him to get it.
|Yukon Gold Potatoes 5# Bag||1.79|
|Meijer White Bread||0.99|
Scott really liked the Organic White Bread that I bought at Trader Joe’s, but I couldn’t find an organic bread at Meijer. Oh well.
After we got all of the food put away, Carter and I went back to my in-laws to hang out.
I didn’t get to take pictures of any meal prep other than what I made for family dinner on Sunday, but I did make up a bunch of other vegetables too.
I’d like to add that we didn’t use everything from last week, so I definitely got plenty of groceries.
I’m out of time right now to write about the Whole30, so I’ll try to fill you in on that tomorrow. Pretty proud of how this trip went, especially with not planning.
What do you guys think?