Seventy-Nine Dollars

This week’s grocery bill.

Not bad ‘eh? Considering we used to spend $130 each week before switching to plant-based eating. And yes, that was just for the two of us! We were quite the carnivores buying 5 pounds of meat and 7 dozen eggs per week + yogurt and cheese. Yikes!

Lower Grocery Bill – just one of the many perks of plant-based eating.

Where do we shop? The 99 Cent Only Store and Sprouts [we live in Southern California]. You can get ah-mazing deals at the 99 Cent Only Store and they are seriously everywhere!

Store #1: I bought all of this for just $13.23. Everything you see here is $1. Seriously? SCORE!

99 Cent Only Stores Haul -$13.23
99 Cent Only Stores -$13.23

Hard to believe, but you can find name brand, organic, and non-GMO food here.

My best finds this week:

  • Kashi Waffles (non-GMO)
  • Muir Glen Organic Pasta Sauce
  • Organic Whole Wheat Pasta
  • Beanitos (non-GMO) – [love these and normally $3.50]
  • Organic Jasmine Green Tea

Other Finds: roasted sunflower seeds, dried kidney beans, raisins, bagels, baby carrots, lettuce shreds, and broccoli slaw.

Just FYI, my current philosophy on organic and non-GMO food – whenever possible, I buy organic produce for those listed on the Dirty Dozen. For all other food, I buy organic or non-GMO whenever the price is reasonable and it makes sense. Overall, I strive for a whole food, plant-based eating pattern. And for me, that works.

Store #2: I bought all of this for $65.27. Strayed a bit from my list, but I love to try at least 1 new item each week. Pumped for green smoothies with mango and dried figs.

Sprouts - $65.27
Sprouts – $65.27

Produce: organic baby spinach, fresh basil, butternut squash, lemons, bananas, zucchini, jalapeño, avocados [duh – 4 per week, every week], onion, organic green pepper, oranges, cantaloupe [$0.98 this week!], purple sweet potatoes [haven’t had these since Hawaii], frozen mangos, and frozen shelled edamame.

Other: eggs, organic soy milk [protein baby…7 g/cup], OJ, chocolate almond milk, sprouted grain bread [my favorite], diced tomatoes, PB, dried figs, dark chocolate, veggie bouillon, brown rice, oats, flax seeds, and chia seeds.

PS: The eggs are for the hubs. I am #veganforlent. And I don’t do juice, his as well.

I hope this post inspires you to try at least 1 plant-based meal this week. There are many reasons to eat more plants, but if nothing else save yourself some money and then treat yourself to a mani/pedi!

In the comments, let me know how much you spend on groceries.

~Katie J.

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