May 2019 Grocery Review

This week I shopped four days in a row!  Somehow that seems less bad than two grocery stops in the same day, but its still pretty inefficient.  I try to plan my trips to spread things out, but it doesn’t always work out that way.

On Monday I spent $44.22 at Star Market.


On Tuesday I spent $159.57 at BJ’s.  Clearly I didn’t take a picture of the non-perishable items.


On Thursday I spent $133.70 at Wegman’s.


Finally, on Thursday I picked up my Farmer’s to You box for $36.20.  The seeds were a free giveaway; we got to pick two packages from approximately 20 choices.  The pizza is a new option.  This was a white spinach pizza which has made four lunches for me.  It was very tasty.


That brought my weekly total to $373.69.  And now we’ll back up to May.

May TOTAL: $1,244.06

  • Stop & Shop: $296.39
  • Wegman’s: $448.46
  • BJs: $219.58
  • Local: $224.66
    • Farmers to You: $216.15
    • Other Local: $8.51
  • Other:  $54.97
    • Star Market/Shaw’s: $51.98
    • Target: $2.99
    • Other: $0

Ok, that was shockingly similar to April.  That’s good.

Grocery Update – Week 22, 2019

So, clearly I’m behind.  But, last week was the last week of school.  The week before that was the last week for most spring sports (some continue into the summer).  I’m aiming to post a grocery update every day this week which will get everyone caught up on that.  Then, the following week I’ll start posting about other things – our garden and what we’ve been up to since I last posted about non-food in December!

On Monday, I made a very big trip to Stop & Shop.  The $156.45 total was driven by (1) many things we use being on sale and (2) steaks for the holiday weekend bbq.


On Thursday I picked up our Farmer’s to You box for $69.83.  It was higher than usual because – so much chicken.  We had pan fried chicken with steamed asparagus and potato cubes one night that week.


On Friday, I spent $93.67 at Wegman’s.


Finally, on Saturday June arrived.  I spent $20.83 at the farm stand to welcome the new month.


That brings the weekly total to $340.78, almost all of which will be counted towards the May numbers.


Grocery Update – Week 21, 2019


I had meant to post this the same day as the previous one, but the craziness of spring got in the way.

But, here it is.  The week of May 20 I spent $25.71 at Wegman’s.  That’s it!

I even failed to take a picture.  But, it was four gallons of milk, four containers of grape juice, and one jar of sauerkraut.  Yes, we had hot dogs and sausages one of the days.

I suspended my Farmer’s to You box for the week, largely because we were away for Memorial Day weekend.  Otherwise we ate what we had in the house.


Grocery Update & What We Ate – Week 20, 2019

This post should have been up almost two weeks ago.  And then last week was the holiday (plus rather little grocery shopping).  So, two posts today to cover that gap.

To start, on Monday (5/13) I made a trip to Shaw’s.  I spent $51.98, including the free eggs.  Unfortunately I’m going to have to go to Shaw’s again next week because we’re already out of pizza dough.  Baseball season.


On that Tuesday, I spent $73.29 at Wegman’s.  It would have been more, but they had no family pack eggs.


I also spent $49.86 at Stop & Shop on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, I added a package of cookies to my cart at Target for $2.99.

On Thursday, I picked up my Farmer’s to You box for $41.39.


Finally, on Friday I spent $91.72 at Wegman’s.


So, I made a lot of stops, covering just about all the shopping possibilities!  My total for the week was $311.21.  Clearly, I’m making up for some smaller weeks.

I really don’t remember all of what we ate that week.  We definitely grilled hot dogs and sausages (see above photo).  And, we had roasted chicken.  Otherwise, I’m assuming quick meals.

Grocery Update & What We Ate – Week 19, 2019

This was looking like a VERY small week, so I ended up going to BJ’s to balance things out!

I started by spending $17.56 at Stop & Shop on Tuesday.


Then I spent $8.51 at the farm stand on Wednesday.


And on Thursday I picked up our Farmer’s to You box for $39.34.


That brought the total (without BJ’s) to $65.41!  I didn’t need the BJ’s stuff last week.  But, I will need it by Wednesday of this week and I didn’t have another good opportunity to go.  Plus, it does balance out the weeks.

So, on Thursday I spent $219.58 at BJ’s.  That brought the complete total to $284.99.

Since its still baseball/soccer season, most of our meals were quick ones.  But we did have beef shank (faux osso bucco) with mashed potatoes and green beans for dinner together on Friday night.


April 2019 Grocery Review

I’ll review this past week first as the first purchase will be included in the April summary.

On Monday I spent $39.01 at Star Market.  I would have bought more pizza dough, but there wasn’t more.  So, unfortunately I’ll need to go back again soon.  Oatmeal was on sale through the end of April so I was able to stock up on that.


On Wednesday (May 1), I spent $107.03 on my first trip to Wegman’s.  They had everything on my list!

On Thursday I went to Stop & Shop (for the first time since the strike) and picked up my Farmer’s to You order.  I assume because of the strike just about everything at Stop & Shop was on sale, even things that weren’t in the flyer.  Strawberries and english muffins, for example, were buy 1, get 2 free.  I spent $72.52.


My Farmer’s to You box was 65.59 this week because of the pork chops.


My second trip to Wegman’s was yesterday.  The drinks needed restocking.  I spent $56.79.  It would have been more, but they had no Family Pack eggs.  I didn’t need eggs badly enough to pay more for the smaller packages.

The rain finally caught up with us and all sports were canceled on Thursday.  We had apple cider pork chops, mashed potatoes, and salad for dinner.

Our other big, together meal of the week was fish tacos with guacamole & pico de gallo on Saturday night.

April TOTAL: $1,247.82

  • Stop & Shop: $175.52
  • Wegman’s: $459.85
  • BJs: $254.58
  • Local: $214.13
    • Farmers to You: $193.34
    • Other Local: $20.79
  • Other: $143.74
    • Star Market/Shaw’s: $139.12
    • Target: $0
    • Other: $4.62

No complaints.

Grocery Update & What We Ate – Week 17, 2019

I got off to an organized start this week, but then it all fell apart.

I spent $254.58 at BJ’s on Tuesday.  Yes, that’s a lot, but I go relatively rarely.  You can tell summer is coming as there are more drinks, more snacky foods, and less ingredients.

I did my main grocery store run on Thursday, spending $102.31 at Wegman’s.  Oddly, since the Stop & Shop strike had just ended and those stores were still not stocked, stock levels were very low throughout the store.  The only things I missed were my preferred salad and cheddar cheese, but there were lots of noticeable holes.

I also picked up my Farmer’s to You box for $43.66.


That was supposed to be the end of it, but I had to make two more tiny trips.

On Friday, I spent $5.38 at the farm stand for a bag of potatoes and a cucumber.  And on Sunday, I spent $4.62 at Market Basket for sugar, tomatoes, and bananas.  So inefficient.

Meals were catch as catch can this week (cue the chicken nuggets).  We did have chicken pot pie one weeknight.

Friday we were out.  Half the family went to Ninja Warrior night at the elementary school as part of which I had ordered them a pizza.  The other half went to the ice cream social at preschool and had ice cream sundaes for dinner.

Saturday we had Picadillo con Espinacas to use up some older spinach.  It used two pounds of the ground beef above.  We used the entire 5 lb bag of potatoes for potato cubes and had some grated carrot on the side.

Sunday, myself and the younger ones had spaghetti & meatballs.  The oldest and Dad went out with his team after their baseball game.  Seven more weeks of spring to go!

Grocery Update & What We Ate – Week 16, 2019

Despite last week being spring vacation, sports just kept chugging along so weekday dinners were the usual split dinner offerings.

Baseball was rained out on Saturday though which meant we could actually eat together.  I went with tacos since I had most everything available.  People would have preferred I have taco shells, jalapenos, and refried beans but we got by without.

Sunday we were invited out for Easter Dinner at lunchtime.  So, dinner at home was simple – spaghetti & meatballs with spinach salad.

I made three grocery stops this week.  On Wednesday, I spent $64.17 at Star Market.  I didn’t get a picture because I arrived home just in time to start dinner so I pretty much shoved things in the fridge and ate.  But, it was a fairly typical trip there with a few week’s supply of oatmeal, pizza dough, and pizza cheese making up most of the bill.

On Thursday my Farmer’s to You box cost $47.42 as my chicken was significantly above the target weight.  That’s ok though.  I’d prefer to have a larger chicken than a smaller one.


Mixed reviews on the ice cream, which was a new category for us.  Good, but a little icy and maybe not differentiated enough to be worth the extra cost.

Finally, I spent $85.72 at Wegman’s on Friday.

That brought my weekly total to $197.31.

Grocery Update & What We Ate – Week 15, 2019


Yesterday was a local holiday.  The weather wasn’t the best, but the big events managed to happen in between the downpours.

I made a number of stops for food last week.  And, being spring we ate a lot of split dinners.  I really can’t remember everything, but I know the small people had hot dogs, chicken nuggets, and pancakes.  The older folks had Welsh Rarebit, tuna noodle casserole, and homemade pizza.

With no sports last night, we had beef stew with homemade potato bread for dinner.  I used the Instant Pot to get it done after we got back from the parade.

I started the week with a Monday trip to Stop & Shop for hot dogs and heavy cream.  No picture, but this does remind me that the younger five had hot dogs and the older three had Welsh Rarebit for this dinner.

On Tuesday, I spent $116.41 at Wegman’s.  This reminds me that the older three had corned beef reubens with tater tots for dinner.  And, apparently I forgot to take a picture of the rest of the groceries!


On Thursday I picked up my $42.86 Farmer’s to You order.


On Saturday, I spent $15.41 at the farm stand for green beans, cucumber, lettuce, blueberries, and raspberries.  No picture as we ate it too quickly!  That reminds me that we had BBQ chicken, biscuits, and tossed salad for dinner.

Finally, on Sunday I went to Wegman’s to get bread and eggs for Monday morning french toast, as well as potatoes for the stew.  I bought other things too, spending a total of $86.38.  Ironically the bread and potatoes didn’t make the picture!

You can tell its vacation week when even I’m outdoing myself in the milk & eggs department.