I often get asked how much I spend on groceries each week, whether I stick to a budget, and if I’d consider adding prices to my grocery posts. So I’ve changed to format of my grocery posts to include prices, total, a couple of meals I plan to make and any specific “ingredients” I’ve bought for the week. Let me know if there’s anything else I should add or change!
I shop for 2 people, myself and William, and we do eat a little differently so I’m not including anything that is “his”. Staple items like soy milk, beans, bread, rice, tofu, and vegetables are usually eaten evenly between us. He doesn’t a lot of fruit, nuts and seeds, or nut butters, so most of that is just mine.
We do have to stick to a budget, we try to spend a max of $90/week total for all food (including eating out, ordering in, buying coffee, or just picking up snacks, etc.) Our grocery trips usually cost between $60-$90 a week. Some weeks cost less, others cost more if we’re out of lots of our staple pantry/freezer items. We just try to keep an average of 90$ a week (which often includes some household items too).
What I’m Making:
Burrito bowls with rice, beans, seasoned vegetables, fresh vegetables, and salsa (or burritos).
Stir-fried vegetables with brown rice and marinated tofu.
What I Bought:
- So Nice unsweetened soy milk (1.89L) – $3.97
- chickpeas (1 can) – $1.05
- Red River Hot Cereal – $3.89
- granola (1/2 lb) – $1.70
- zucchini (2) – $0.68
- carrots (2 lbs) – $1.48
- broccoli (1 bunch) – $1.27
- pineapple (1 large) – $2.97
- organic bananas (4 small) – $1.09
- gala apples (3 small) – $0.87
- extra-firm tofu (1 lb) – $1.99
- Country Harvest Cranberry Muesli bread – $3.97 at 50% OFF = $1.99
- Country Harvest Sprouted Multigrain bread – $3.97 at 50% OFF = $1.99
- avocado (1 large) – $1.48
- green bell pepper (1 large) – $1.11
- red bell pepper (1 large) – $1.68
- tomato (1 large) – $0.86
- organic baby kale – $2.48
- Daiya Cheddar-Style Shreds – $4.99
- Vegenaise – $4.99
Not pictured: fried tofu – $1.88, long grain brown rice (2 lbs) – $1.97, whole wheat tortillas (10 pack) – $2.50, UFC sweet chili sauce – $1.38, carbonated spring water – $1.49
Total – $51.75 (most items from Superstore in Southern Alberta, Canada)
Mayonnaise has never been something I’ve used much, I never really liked it on sandwiches and just the idea of it seemed quite odd to me. But I did love ranch dressing for vegetable wraps, salads, and crudité, and I’ve been missing it more than usual lately. Every vegan ranch dressing recipe calls for vegan mayo, so I’m going to try making some soon!
This hot cereal is predominately available in Canada which is a shame because it’s a really great alternative to oatmeal in the morning. It’s a blend of cracked wheat, cracked rye, cracked and whole flax seeds, and that’s it! It’s prepared the same way as oatmeal (cooking time is a little longer though) just 1 cup water with 1/4 cup cereal and simmered on the stove. 1 box lasts a very long time so it’s a pretty affordable too! 1 serving is 160 calories, 3g of fat, 5g of fibre, 5g of protein, and 10% of your RDI for iron.
After under-cooking kale the first few times I tried making it I was sort of put off by it. A couple of weeks ago I decided to give it another shot and I really, really like it! It’s also a pretty affordable price at my grocery store so that’s a plus. Compared to regular kale, baby kale is quite tender and requires less cooking time. My cheap blender couldn’t handle regular kale for green smoothies so I think I’m going to give this a go instead!