Sunday Spending: Out With a Bang!
The Monday of a three day weekend is, for all intents and purposes, really Sunday. Or closely resembles it. It’s amazing how quickly we adapt to an increase in weekend. If they added an extra day onto my work week, you can bet I would feel it. But an addition to my weekend? That’s just plain natural. Monday becomes Sunday. Sunday proper becomes some sort of weekend Wednesday. A no man’s land in which blogging (and other Sunday like responsibilities) are not required.
That’s my long winded excuse for not writing a post yesterday. I am full of excuses. Exhibit A: See Above. Exhibit B: Grocery Spending.
On Saturday, a perfectly normal day regardless of the length of the weekend, we were out of food. Abbreviated grocery shopping last week painted us into a corner. By noon, we had eaten leftover pizza toppings (canadian bacon, with slices of mozzarella and chunks of pineapple). By 2pm, I had devoured the last dozen almonds. We were out of options.
With a hankering for all things grilled Americana, we headed to our local Whole Foods. Whole Foods sells organic 100% beef hot dogs. I know this from prior experience with said dogs. Prior yummy experience.
We were hungry. We were desperate. We wanted hot dogs. Do you see how this is going?
At Whole Foods, I made a couple discoveries. One: In addition to my hotdogs of preference, they also now have Organic Chicken, which they’ve always had of course. Let me clarify. Whole Organic Chickens. Local Whole Organic Chickens. Local Whole Organic Chickens for $2.99. I do not recall being previously acquainted with this chicken. I’d remember such an encounter. But, wait there’s more. The Gods of Whole Foods saw fit to offer a promotion during our three day weekend. Spend $50 on meat, get $10 off.
$2.99 for Chicken – 20% off = +/-$2.41/lb. I currently pay $4.95 – $5.95 at the Farmer’s Market.I bought those dogs, 2 whole chickens, an 2lbs of ground turkey to the tune of $53.
Excuse me $43.
Course, I couldn’t stop there. Riding high on my meat counter success, we got bananas, apple cider vinegar, bulk oats, a little smoked cheese, chips, PB, bulk almond butter and pecans.
Whole Foods Trip #1. $94.
That’s right I said trip #1. As in one in a series, requiring numbering. Because when you go shopping hungry, with no list, and discover a sale, a follow-up trip is in order.
Whole Foods Trip #2: $69. In which I bought 3 more whole chickens, and another pound of ground turkey. Meat Total: $51. Excuse me $41. Plus sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, almonds, rye crisps, dill pickles and som fennel.
Farmer’s Market: $60. You might be wincing by now. If so I understand. There were three contributing factors to the total of this trip (and a lot of lists in this post). Being out of honey. Honey is required for the manufacture of homemade granola. Homemade granola is required for existence. Honey: $14. Being out of bacon. Half a pig only comes with so much bacon, and we ate it all. Bacon: Also $14. Our favorite cheese being on super sale. Our favorite cheese which is usually $12-$15 a round these days. On sale: $5. I bought three
Weekly Total: I’d rather not. Thanks. Facing the music here…$223. Ouch. Excuses proper, I’vebulk bought quite a bit of meat. Why should chicken be any different? This was a heck of a deal, I took advantage of. A Summers worth of chicken, in my freezer. Excellent. It wasn’t planned, but I should be happy with the outcome. I am. Until we look at the total. As of mid last week, we were at $503. $503 plus a whole lotta chicken gets you a Monthly Total of $726. Oh, Agony! Not the highest total ever, but uncomfortably close. I usually extrapolate my bulk purchases over the number of projected months we will use them. In this case, I’d guess three, but I’m not going to do it. Unplanned, means I don’t have the luxury of softening the blow. $726 and a freezer full of chicken it is.
The Whole Foods promo lasts through today. Hmmmm…