For once, I followed my own advice and consulted my top tips for Bargain Shopping at Whole Foods for last night’s trip to the store. I went in with a plan, a list, and some printed coupons, and came out with a whole lot of food for a good price! Just the way I like it.
I started out by doing my meal plan for the week, which looks like this (for now):
|Monday||steel cuts w/ pb flour + banana||Leftover tempeh chili w/salad||– greek yogurt w/pineapple
|Salmon Burger w/veggies||The Shred|
|Tuesday||wheat berries w/yogurt + fruit||salmon burger salad||– tempeh chili
|Lasagna Roll-Ups w salad||5 miles|
|Wednesday||steel cuts w/ pb flour + banana||Lasagna Roll-Ups w Salad||– cottage cheese w/mango
|Leftover tempeh chili||45 minute tempo run|
|Thursday||wheat berries w/yogurt + fruit||Frozen sobas w/tofu and peanut sauce||– cottage cheese w/mango
|quinoa burgers (make video)||The Shred|
|Friday||steel cuts w/ pb flour + banana||leftover quinoa burgers w yogurt sauce||greek yogurt w/berries
Since I start training for Weight Watchers tomorrow night (yay!), I wanted to make sure to have something quick for dinner when I get home (leftovers) and also something for lunch Thursday (frozen leftovers from last week). Besides that, this menu is pretty standard since I like to try 1-2 new dinners a week and work in mostly leftovers for lunch. I also decided to jot down my workouts for the week too just to make myself that much more accountable.
Now onto the Whole Foods loot! OrganicDeals.com and the printable coupons from Whole Foods were my two sources for coupons. Checking out the weekly specials from the WF website and thinking about what I needed for the dinners on my meal plan helped me make my list, and off I went. I knew some things on this list were essential, and others were optional if I could find a good deal.
I was seriously a little too excited about my impending trip to Whole Foods. I couldn’t wait to leave my desk.
Perhaps because of the clutter. But that’s another post for another day.
One of my goals for March is to keep grocery spending under $75 a week (and post my groceries on here to show you guys). Last week, I spent $68.97 at Trader Joe’s, and this week I did even better at Whole Foods! Check out what I got and then I’ll tell you how much I spent.
First up, the produce:
- Organic Red Grapes (just under 2 lbs – $1.99/lb)
- Organic Bananas
- Baby Arugula
- 2 White Grapefruits
- 4 Organic Braeburn Apples
- Organic Cucumber
- Organic Scallions
- Frozen Pineapple
- Frozen Strawberries
- Organic Lasagna Noodles
- Organic Pinto Beans
- Organic Garbanzo Beans
- Oikos Vanilla 4-pack (On sale for $4 – $1 WF Coupon – $1 Brand Coupon = $2 total)
- Bulk Quinoa (just under 1 lb)
- Bulk Wheat Berries (1.5 lbs)
- Smart Dogs – $1 off Whole Foods Coupon
- Organic Cottage Cheese ($1 WF Coupon + $.75 Brand Coupon)
- SO Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Milk (On sale for $3 – $1 Brand Coupon = $2)
A good amount of stuff, right? I used $5.75 in coupons total (and even had someone in line ask me where I got my coupons and was all excited when I told her!) plus shopped the sales, and ended up getting all of that stuff for:
$38.84!! Not bad, eh?
I was so proud of myself I walked out BEAMING (even happier than that photo above of me ready to leave work). Bargain shopping makes me more giddy than it should, especially at places that don’t traditionally lend themselves to saving money.
Do you have any dinners on your plan for this week that you’re excited about? I am most looking forward to last night’s dinner – Lasagna Roll Ups. I got the saw the concept in Clean Eating magazine and have been dying to make my own version ever since. Recipe coming soon!