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!
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.
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.