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August grocery tally and books I want

August 26th, 2006 at 11:20 pm

Went grocery shopping today. M&M Farms.

- corn (3 ears): $1.00
- ...
- (Huh. I seem to have misplaced my receipt. Argh. Will fill this in when/if I find it.)
- ...
- total: $9.97

This will probably be it for August. Total grocery (food) bill for this month: $62.11.

If I omitted the junk food run for the (ex-?)bf, that drops the total down to $51.40. I am pleased with myself. Big Grin

I've also realized that the paperback edition of A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin is coming out in a month. Scifi/fantasy fans have been waiting for YEARS for this release. So this will be my "splurge" purchase for September. I get a 10% employee discount at the Yale bookstore, too!

Yes, collecting scifi/fantasy books is my personal expensive habit. So shoot me. I haven't indulged in a long while. Stick Out Tongue

I also realized that I've wanted to read Nickel and Dimed ever since I heard about it. I'll put that on my reading list for B&N Fridays.

6 Responses to “August grocery tally and books I want”

  1. Dido Says:

    What *do* you eat? Ramen and dried beans? I spend more in a week than you spend in a month. How do you keep your grocery bill so low?

  2. amberfocus Says:

    I'm actually quite baffled, myself. Because I didn't think I was trying all that hard to get the grocery bill down--this is actually a pretty typical monthly expenditure for me. And I had no idea until very recently that my bill was extremely low, even compared to fellow frugalistas.

    I don't subsist on ramen and dried beans, though. Smile Ramen's nutritional content traumatizes me, and although I occasionally have dried beans, I find the overnight soak to be a huge pain. And I also don't like the gas that it gives me the day after. Huh
    Off the top of my head, here are some factors that I'm sure contributes:

    - I cook all of my food from scratch. Because I'm fine with having no time whatsoever for a real life. Smile
    - I don't eat out, ever, except when I'm taken out. If I get hungry, I just suck it up and deal with it, and eat when I get home. I'm actually probably a little too good at fasting for my own good.

    - I don't buy any junk food. I tell myself that eating sugary sweets/candies is just begging for diabetes. If I want cookies, etc., I bake them myself.

    - I'm a lacto-ovo vegetarian, so poultry, meats, and seafood are out. Tofu provides complete protein at $1/lb where I shop.

    - I'm a tiny person, so I don't eat much to begin with?? Stick Out Tongue
    Anyway, I might do some thinking, and write an in-depth analysis on this topic for a future blog post?

    ~mimi

  3. Dido Says:

    I'm sure being mostly vegetarian contributes a lot, as does the preparing everything from scratch. I probably spend $15-$20/week on meat alone.

    Anyways, I'd be interested if you do blog more on it.

  4. Dido Says:

    PS I'm sure the being good at fasting helps too. One thing I will never succeed at!

  5. amberfocus Says:

    Actually, I'm completely vegetarian, not mostly. Have been for four years, and not for the purpose of frugality. "Lact-ovo" is just the technical term for vegetarians who eat dairy and eggs. Although these days, I'm barely touching the dairy.

    I'm scarily good at fasting, but I certainly wouldn't recommend fasting as a way to save on groceries! Passing up on getting a snack at the local deli is one thing, but I highly doubt what I can do is healthy. I can go 24 hours without eating with barely any ill effects except needing to sleep a little more. I think I freak the people at work out, because they regularly see me skip lunch without batting an eyelash if I don't have leftovers. And the fact that I'm naturally tiny and skinny as a beanpole does NOT help matters!

    Sometimes, I really wonder if there's something seriously wrong with me. Stick Out Tongue
    ~mimi

  6. Dido Says:

    Well, there's lots of evidence that calorie-restricted diets prolong life, so it actually IS healthy that you can do that.

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