A Week’s Worth of Groceries for Under$25Posted: March 8, 2011
You know you have the coolest job ever when you don’t even look up from your assignments until nearly 4 pm!
When I finally snapped my head out of the books I’d been taking notes from, I realized I had a short window of time to decide on a produce stand to head to after work. My veggie stash had dwindled to half a box of alfalfa sprouts and a lonely onion, and the situation needed to be remedied pronto.
As I’ve shared before, one of my favorite grocery bill-slashing secrets is to purchase my fruits and vegetables from a fruit stand or farmers market. Not only can I walk out with an abundant week’s worth of fresh goods for under $15, but I also feel better about supporting local businesses whenever possible.
A handful of web reviews for Orlando produce stands pointed me in the direction of Clemons Produce. After taking Haley for a quick walk, I headed off to check out their bounty for myself!
At first, I was expecting an open-air booth of sorts, and I passed it by – twice – before realizing that it was in a shopping plaza!
Once I ducked in, I was met with far more goods than I’d expected. Naturally, there was a wide range of standard goods:
As well as several specialty areas – fresh cheeses and meats, dried beans and nuts, grains and even dressings and honey!
Although the fresh, outdoorsy feel was notably absent from the fluorescently-lit indoor market, the selection and prices more than made up for what it lacked in atmosphere.
An incredibly budget-happy total of $8.80 sent me home with:
- 5 Ruby Red Grapefruit (locally grown)
- 2 boxes of strawberries – unbelievably only $1/each (locally grown)
- 2 bananas
- 2 peaches
- 2 plum tomatoes
- 1 red potato
- 1 six-ounce carton of blackberries
- 6 assorted peppers (organic)
Apparently I wasn’t the only shopper who found $.69 bunches of kale to be a great bargain – by the time I’d gotten there, the entire stock was gone!
I supplemented my Clemon’s Produce haul with a few items from Publix and Dollar Tree.
Although certain items are hit-or-miss, it’s entirely possible to find healthy foods at dollar stores! Somewhere beyond the off-brand Fritos, canned artificial beef products and sad excuses for cake mix, I scored a shelf-stable box of WestSoy Soy Milk and a jar of Naturally Fresh Italian Salad Dressing.
The only catch with Dollar Tree is to keep an eye on the expiration dates. Thankfully, the soymilk is good until January 2012.
A final stop at Publix rounded out the week’s groceries:
After spending a whopping $8.80 at Clemon’s, $2 at Dollar Tree and $10.96 at Publix, I managed to bring home an entire week’s worth of groceries for under $25. Although having a meat-free shopping list and only one mouth to feed does contribute to the low expenses, I’m always thrilled to lower my weekly food spending whenever possible!
Okay, darlings, off to whip up a hearty breakfast from the depths of my well-stocked fridge! Have an awesome Tuesday!
What did your last grocery bill come to? How much do you budget weekly/monthly for food?