First Thanksgiving Challenge Shopping Day

I did really well on my first shopping trip during the Great Thanksgiving Challenge.

Week 1 Total: $20.52.

I went to two stores: Milk Pail (local open air market, very cheap) and Whole Foods.  Here’s the loot:

And here are the breakdowns.  At Whole Foods:

  • 2 bags of pretzels for Bobby @ $2.29 each (without these we would have been at $15.94!  But he asked me to get them specifically, and I know he loves them, so I did 😀 )
  • 1 pasta sauce @ $2.39
  • Total: $6.97

At Milk Pail:

  • 1 honeydew – $1.69
  • carrots ($0.59/lb) – $1.52
  • 2 onions ($0.79/lb) – $1.44
  • 2 eggplants ($1.49/lb) – $2.52
  • 3 green peppers ($0.69/lb) – $0.72
  • cabbage ($0.69/lb) – $2.30
  • celery – $0.79
  • 3 red peppers ($0.79/lb) – $0.94
  • 3 gala apples ($0.59/lb) – $0.88
  • 1 herb ciabatta – $0.75
  • Total: $13.55

Next week’s trip will be much smaller since we will be in Miami for 4 days.  Off to a good start!

Onto the food

I got very hungry last night around 10 – and after eyeballing what I’d eaten for the day, I realized I probably hadn’t had enough.  So I had a veggie and bbq sauce plate:

As well as 2.5 cups of millet puffs (these are very voluminous for very few calories – only 50 per cup, and 2 grams of protein!):

This morning I went for a short run (2.2 miles) followed by a walk (2.2 miles as well) and cardio yoga.  When I got back I cleaned up the house and made breakfast:

  • 2 big pancakes
  • topped with 1/2 cup applesauce, some raspberry spread, and 1/2 banana
  • 1 slice of turkey bacon
  • an apple

I got hungry a few hours later and made lunch:

  • spicy eggplant parm (I didn’t realize I was out of spaghetti sauce and had to use salsa instead).  I also cooked a bunch of plum tomatoes with the eggplant – and topped it all with rice cheeze.
  • red pepper dipped in a mix of bbq sauce and salsa
  • and then I needed something sweet – a WW wrap and the other 1/2 of my banana from this morning

Bobby went to ping pong this afternoon while I went grocery shopping.  By the time he got back and we got caught up (barely 5:30) we were both starving!  So I made dinner early.  We ended up eating at around 6pm, which is crazy for us.  It’s not uncommon for us to sit down to dinner around 9pm on a weeknight.

  • tofu shirataki noodles & sauteed cabbage with pasta sauce, veggie ground meat, and onions (yes, I ate this out of a pie plate!)
  • veggie plate (carrot and red pepper) – with bbq sauce and salsa mix

For dessert I decided to cut up the huge honeydew melon.  I ate a whole bunch while I was cutting, but I also managed to put together this yummy treat – honeydew, applesauce, and wheat germ.  I added more wheat germ.  It was great.

Then I had more honeydew.  This melon is so ripe and juicy – definitely a good find.  I also had 2 whole wheat wraps (unpictured).

All in all, a very nice Sunday – but back to work tomorrow!  Tina from Carrots ‘N’ Cake posted a bunch of really good tips for beating the Sunday Blues this morning, which I thoroughly enjoyed.  Check it out for yourself!  And I hope you all have a fabulous Monday.  Good night 🙂

10 Replies to “First Thanksgiving Challenge Shopping Day”

  1. Looks like you’re off to a great start as far as the shopping is concerned. I just Love open air markets! Try not to get the monday blues: remember, the sooner a new week starts, the sooner it’s the weekend again!

  2. i agree hangry pants. good job and keep it up 🙂 i am definitley adding you to my blog roll-this challenge beenfits the economy, your wallet, food choices big time!!!! congrats!!

  3. I wish I could have participated in the grocery challenge, and if it were just me and my daughter we could totally do it because we don’t always have to have meat.

    My husband, however, likes meat as an entree, as well as meat as a side dish and dessert! Looking at my grocery bill, with lunch meat for his sandwiches and meats for dinner – meat came to almost $28.00 of my $95 bill! (well, I did spend $9 on wine, so my actual food bill was only $86!)

    Happy Monday!

  4. Wow, good job on the cheap spending. I just don’t know if I could do it. I mean, I’m cheap and all and love finding deals. But I also love picking up all kinds of random foods. Then again, my mom pays for the groceries so it might be a little different if I were paying out of my own pocket…haha..

    And I <3 honeydew. mmmmm.

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