She’s a stay-at-home mom of three (ages seven, three and two) living in Chicago with a grocery tab that’s not for the faint of heart. Still, we were impressed to see how she parsed out her Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and Costco purchases to last her family of five the entirety of a (very snowy) week.
Day 1: Saturday
9 a.m. We typically grocery shop for our family on the weekends and pick up half of the essentials at Mariano’s, a grocery chain in our area owned by Kroger. I buy a lot of my pantry items and kid snacks here because I find it to be a cheaper grocery store than Whole Foods. They also have more mainstream items that my kids want, like actual Oreo cookies versus Whole Foods organic cookies that pretend to be Oreos, but aren’t quite Oreos. For example, things like Goldfish, cereal, pancakes, cooking oil, fruit squeeze pouches and pasta. $100 is a fairly typical bill for these types of things. Total Spent: $108
10 a.m. I go to Trader Joe’s about one time every two weeks. It’s my favorite place to pick up items to stock our freezer with. Then, I use those for lunches and dinners throughout the week. Some of our staples: Fried rice, sweet potato gnocchi, cauliflower mash, frozen wild shrimp, little ice cream cones, pre-made salads and fruit blends for smoothies. Total Spent: $127