Before getting married and having children, I would go to any grocery store and buy what I needed without paying ANY attention to price or sales or coupons. I also usually bought what I needed for a meal or two and would go back all the time. Now, I religiously price-match at our grocery stores and clip and use coupons to save every bit I can and usually do a big shop so that with all the other things that have to get done in a week, thinking about what to make for breakfast, lunch and dinner isn’t one of them.
Let me clarify that because I price-match my groceries, it doesn’t mean that I’m cheap or disorganized (I hate those people who decide in line that they want to price-match things but can’t remember what flyer they saw sales in, or whether they have the right product, etc.). My list has everything I am price-matching and the flyer it relates to, clearly marked (!). But for some reason, I feel like I shouldn’t pay more for something just because I’m not in the right store.
Today was my big shop to prepare for our first week as Weekday Vegetarians, and I’m sure you’re wondering what I got!
I bought apples, pears, grapes, kiwi, bananas, avocados, cilantro, parsley, black beans, hummus, grape tomatoes, butternut squash, onions, breads, tortillas, yogurt, cheeses, “WOWButter” Peanut-Free Soy Butter, Vanilla Almond Milk, granola, milk, eggs, firm tofu, mini-waffles, pineapple and even Yves Veggie “Beef” burgers. Basically, I shopped in areas in the grocery store that I never really had any need to go in before and I avoided other areas that I was always in before (the butcher and deli counters).
My bill was less (that was nice) and my cart was colourful and meat-free. It was exciting and I am looking forward to starting something new for our health and for our future!
Watch for posts with our first meals as Weekday Vegetarians… but for now, take a look at our loot!