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Coming back from vacation in the middle of Week #3 of my experiment means my food budget is shot. So I decided to recoup by allotting myself $42 for four days of groceries. (That was the money left in my wallet.)
By the time I made my second lap around the grocery store, I knew I had to be careful.
Here’s what I bought:
- 1 gallon milk
- 1 tub plain yogurt
- 1 package string cheese
- cheddar cheese
- 1 dozen, cage-free eggs
- Fair Trade, organic coffee (my splurge)
- organic apples
- frozen spinach
- frozen broccoli
- chocolate chips
I’ve already got meat and fish in my freezer, carrots in the fridge, and potatoes in the garage. So I think I’ll be able to keep up with the Choose MyPlate requirements.
But I had to make some tough choices.
I started out with a three lb. bag of oranges in my cart. I traded them for the bananas. That allowed me to buy the frozen spinach. Not buying gluten-free bread (for myself) meant that I was able to afford the frozen broccoli and chocolate chips. Now I’ve got veggies for dinner, plus I can make cookies for the kids. That will keep them happy since there’s basically no desserts in the house.
When I got to the checkout stand I had a revelation.
Cashiers are awesome.
Because you know what? I bet they can totally tell what moms are doing. I bet they know when you have to put back oranges and buy bananas instead. I bet the cashier looked at my cart and knew that I was really making some tough choices.
I usually live on the other side of that. But it doesn’t matter if I’ve got a $200 cart stocked with organics, or a $40 cart supplying the basics, the cashiers always treat me well either way.
Of course, I have no idea how they treat you if you are paying with an EBT card…