We’re still searching for the perfect grocery store (who isn’t, really?); Sprouts is great for produce & random things like “all natural chocolate syrup” (with an almost fudge-like consistency. Wow), but not ideal for pantry stocking.
Attempt #1: Safeway. I’m hoping it was just this particular store, but I’ve never been so disappointed. Safeway, what happened? The produce was expensive, product options were limited, and we couldn’t find half of what we were looking for.
Attempt #2: King Soopers. Honestly, from the outside this place looks a little off. Lesson: Don’t judge a grocery store by its retro logo! Colorado-grown produce, Stoneyfield yogurt products (I have HLS coupons to use up!), cute kitchen items, and a oatmeal in bulk (I bought 3 lbs…). Hello, satisfaction!
The only thing that did not jive with this store? Our Grocery Budget. In fact, it declared WAR. We lost badly.
There was no front-of-the-store warning! Nobody told me I’d have local produce filling my cart, or Natural Maple Syrups to choose from, or rows of Nutella, or 505 sauce in HUGE jars, or Vail Mountain Coffee on sale. I didn’t know who I was with.
Back to the Nutella – this is MIA at Sprouts, and a certain someone was very excited to see his cycling-mode staple back in stock:
You would basically spit flames for the next month after consuming such a large amount of "All Natural Green Chile Sauce”, but that’s a risk I’m willing to take.
I didn’t, I’m just saying I would.
After an hour of browsing I began to worry for our Oikos Greek Yogurt and Vanilla Frozen Yogurt and Light Soy milk. We finally checked out, and the debit card shed a small tear. As a Dietitian and food budgeter, I know the tips for saving money and eating healthy! This was a “Do as I say, not as I do” moment.
Next week, the budget is back!
How do you decide your grocery store budget/purchases?