Budget Day 23: Trader Joe's

I finally tried to do some “real food” budget shopping at Trader Joe’s. I was unfortunately short on time, but once I started shopping I realized it didn’t matter because it is one SMALL store. There is a practically a whole aisle dedicated to wine (which, don’t get me wrong, I love) and another aisle mostly dedicated to frozen pre-made food (which I basically skipped). So that left me with 2 aisles and the produce section. My immediate thought was that they could not possibly sell all the things on my list with so few products. So should we start with what I did spend $58.73 on…or with all the things on my list that I was unable to buy? Well, I know how much people seem to like this store so I will be nice…here is what I got (which was mostly to see picture): 
  • Bananas $1.16
  • Green grapes $2.99
  • Whole raw cashews $5.49
  • Raisins $2.69
  • Mushrooms $1.99
  • Two pears $1.38
  • Coffee beans $6.49
  • Pumpkin seeds $5.49
  • Monterey Jack cheese $3.59
  • Cheddar cheese $2.27
  • Marinara sauce $2.29
  • Honey $2.79
  • (Non- GMO) Canola oil $3.49 …and by the way I returned the comment provoking “GMO Canola Oil” to Wal-Mart today!
  • Oats X 2 $2.29 each
  • Lara bar $1.29
  • Parmigiano Reggiano $4.62
  • Sliced Almonds X 2 $2.49 each
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)
  • Dried chickpeas
  • Tahini
  • Shredded coconut (of any kind…not even sweetened)
  • A single organic onion
  • Organic cream
  • Single organic potatoes
  • A single head of organic garlic
tightwad budget Great Harvest

Monday: We had leftover Matzo ball soup (have I mentioned how much I love leftovers?)

Tuesday: Shrimp and sausage jambalaya

Wednesday: Gnocchi with a mushroom/sausage red sauce and broccoli

Thursday: Some kind of chestnut dish, maybe some pasta, and green beans

Friday: Leftovers (hopefully)

Saturday: We are having a big Halloween Party where I am serving a “real food” dinner from a separate entertaining budget…more on that later!