Purchase set up design and photo by Suzanne
This is always an interesting exercise for anyone to undertake. What is the cost of your food? Do you know? What makes up your purchase of food, what are you really buying and what is the cost? How can you save $$$ is there room for that? Of course depending on your own unique situation this will be an eye opener. If you have never truly looked at your purchases and the costs I highly recommend this as a great way to truly take stock and control of supplies.
This was $60 worth of food which will add to our storage supplies e.g. can’s of chick peas are great for whipping up a quick houmous anytime or a can of kidney beans can be quickly added to any meal without having to wait for the dry ones to be prepared.
This supply will be for 3 adults (1 is a teenager) for the week. That being said we will not use the 3 Silk for coffee in the week however they were are sale by .60 cents so I bought a few (we have more in the fridge so we are well supplied). When we see items that we use alot of on sale we buy as much as can afford at the time. It makes cents 🙂
The oranges will be juiced and mixed with perhaps some soda water to thin it out and spread it out for longer use. We may add some of the lemon juice to that and we have lots of limes in the fridge already so perhaps we will juice up orange, lemon, lime shots of goodness.
It is interesting to note the most expensive item on this purchase is the Mesa Sunrise which we use for breakfast as a base and that was $7.98. That will last use for likely 2 weeks as we only use small amounts and add other items to our breakfast that we have in stock such as chia seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower, cacoa, lavender flakes, fresh mint, dried fruits such as cranberry and so on. It does go a long way.
- Mesa Sunrise Breakfast $7.98
- Oranges $5.97
- Tortilla Chips $3.99
- Unsweetened Almond Milk $3.97
- Dried Prunes $3.47
- Bags of onions $1.99
The next expensive item on the purchase is the oranges coming in at $5.97. These should last into next week – we have already juiced half and have that juice in the fridge to be ready to take a shot or dilute with other juices we make. Beet, carrot apple and orange we could make that right away with a shot of lemon for zest.
Dried prunes – we love these – just one a day is so good for you helps fill you up with fiber and other goodness.
The least expensive item on the this purchase is the garlic coming in at .21 cents for 6 heads of garlic.
Let’s not forget that we live in Vancouver – an expensive city. We have found places that offer really good prices as green grocers, farmers markets and at times we go to one box store. The reason we like the box store is that these companies actually watch the clicks of purchase. This is important in my opinion as they will adjust their purchasing power to the items sold and that can really help the consumer in the long run.
So in summary this is a great way to explore what you are buying what you are spending and exactly then giving you ideas on how to explore new ways to save while adding value to your nutrition home and happiness.
We may spend a few more dollars perhaps up to $20 for some additional items that maybe we need however we have become shelf stockers in our home. We have supplies or rice, rice noodles, beans galore, dried fruits & nuts and all kinds of things because not of it is animal meats or products our food doesn’t go off. We use the fresh first and have storage of items that we could survive in should emergency strike and as a way to save.
Believe you me it has been a learning curve however now we are in full swing and settled into a groove the food shopping works really well and is much more enjoyable experience. Of course there are weeks when we will spend more as we need different things however we are much more conscious of what we are doing and this came from the whole food plant based lifestyle for sure as it made us review what we are doing, why and the costs.
Savings come with less time in the stores. This $60 purchase took me around 45 minutes total to get so huge time saving – I know what I need and want and where to get it – no wandering around the isles anymore. Plus of course savings of gas to get to the stores and then much less stress trying to navigate that whole store system which I find depressing and awful. Farmers markets and your local green grocers are the way to go. Support them and they will bring you great food for your kitchen. Use the big box stores diligently to get the right clicks – its like voting you are voting with what you buy in the stores for food.
PS) the items with marketing will be put into jars or Tupperware for easy storage in our cupboards. We try to not have much however there are things you want that you feel are worth the marketing such as the Mesa which is non gmo recycled packaging etc. It’s a work in progress always tweaking to find better and better results.