I stood in my kitchen on Saturday morning after my houseguest left and saw the cupboards and fridge were bare. Our staples: fish, rice, apples, cabbage, kale (or some sort of leafy green veg), spinach, beets, carrots, lentils, bananas, peanut butter, tahini, crackers, almonds, eggs, frozen peas and cheese were going, going, gone. And while it will take a few weeks to replace all, I decided, no matter how much I wish we didn’t need to, we needed to do a big shop! I’ve decided I’m going to write more about frugal living in Canada (or, my own definition of frugal, which for the most part includes many fairtrade and ethical products!). I hope sharing my spending brings more accountability, and helps me keep my eyes on the prize!
Grocery Shop – July 21
Cat food $2.76 (wet, we still have a couple of weeks of dry left)
Avocadoes $3.00 (2 organic)
Carrots $1.99 (organic – on sale)
Baby kale salad $3.49 (organic)
Brussel Sprouts $2.04
Pineapple $4.50 (fairtrade)
Cheese $4.99 (on-sale – normally $7.99)
Cheese $4.99 (on-sale – ditto above!)
Apples $4.50 (organic)
Berries $5.00 (organic)
Creme Fresh $4.50
Fish $9.62 (from sustainable fishing practice)
Vinegar (for cleaning and pickles) $3.99
Cucumbers (for making pickles) $4.49
3 Coissants $2.37 (a very rare treat but my children love them!)
Baking supplies $2.50 (organic)
Strawberries $2.99 (organic)
Feminine Products $2.99 (I prefer to use reusable, but couldn’t squeeze more reusable into the budget this month and these were 1/2 price)
Fairtrade co-op $9.50 (bananas (fairtrade), eggs (free range), almonds (organic), mango (fairtrade)).
Total: $88. 06 = £55.86
All in all an expensive week, but we really were out of almost everything! And all the above food, plus what we already had left (squash, green beans, stock, orange juice, barley, organic flour, fairtrade sugar, fairtrade tea and spices), should at least last us the week!