Jazzy juicing, the return of kabocha, and Japanese deals!

Today’s juice was a keeper. I think it’s pretty much the same as yesterday’s.

15 juice veggies

  • greens – romaine lettuce, celery, 1/2 a cucumber
  • jazz – 1/2 granny smith apple, 1/2 lemon, mint leaves (more than yesterday), big knob of ginger

I love the cucumber and mint flavors – they go so well with the ginger, apple, and greens. It’s a wonderful combo – try it out.

16 green juice

Can you see that crazy candle in the background? I love the way it melted around the other candle. I don’t want to get rid of it.

17 weird candle

I had a few delicious things last night. First up was kabocha… with guacamole. Unfortunately, the avocado I got was watery and bland; I guess that’s what I get for getting cheap avocados at Han Kook (Korean grocery). I had more bowls than this, but didn’t have guac with the rest. The kabocha was to die for.

12 kabocha guacamole

I also had raw corn the same way I have popcorn – with sea salt, chili powder, and cinnamon. It was great. I liked it even more than I like popcorn.

13 corn cinnamon chili

This morning I was out running errands and I decided to stop by Mitsuwa, a Japanese grocery store that I don’t go to often (Han Kook is closer) but that I love. I got all this for $15.25. I do know how to bargain shop when I want to.

14 mitsuwa groceries

  • whipped butter (not organic, but from non-hormone cows): $2.79
  • 2x iceberg lettuce – $0.69 each
  • 2x bag of tomatoes – $0.99 each
  • package of green beans – $1.00
  • package of snow peas – $0.35
  • bag of (3) granny smith apples – $0.99
  • 2x pack of 2 ears of corn (4 ears total) – $1.19 each pack of 2
  • bag of (2) asian pears – $0.59
  • head of romaine – $0.79
  • 2x package of mushrooms – $0.29 each
  • package of ginger – $0.87
  • napa cabbage – $0.49/pound

I like to stalk the bargain shelves at Asian grocery stores. Han Kook doesn’t have one, but most do. Not everything I got was from the shelf; the butter, napa cabbage, ginger, romaine, and corn were all full price.

I’m off to read something… I’ve been spending entirely too much time on the computer recently and I need to stop. I did write about linguistic determinism last night if you’re interested in some linguistics info.

What’s your favorite way to save money? Do you shop sales, have a special store, use coupons, or something else?

16 Comments on Jazzy juicing, the return of kabocha, and Japanese deals!

  1. Rose
    25 August, 2009 at 3:24 pm (5 years ago)

    I wish I could offer more advice, but sadly – I am the worst when it comes to saving money. I’ll keep coming back here though for more tips to help this spending addiction :)

  2. Maria
    25 August, 2009 at 3:25 pm (5 years ago)

    Those are some awesome deals! The Japanese market in Seattle (Uwajimaya) is super expensive, so it’s hard to get great prices here.

    I save money by going to Costco and Trader Joe’s for most things. I occasionally go to Whole Foods or the Natural Foods Market when I need something special…but I end up buying other stuff there too XP I also try to buy most of my stuff on sale too!

  3. Dori
    25 August, 2009 at 3:28 pm (5 years ago)

    I don’t know why I always ignore the mint at the farmers market! It never even occurred to me to put it in my juice until you did it. I am excited to pick some up this week and make a minty green juice!

    I try to never buy jeans at full price. There are so many places to get discounted designer jeans!

  4. Jules
    25 August, 2009 at 3:34 pm (5 years ago)

    I shop at thrift stores :)

  5. Justine
    25 August, 2009 at 4:09 pm (5 years ago)

    I have still yet to have a green juice. Can you believe it? I am done with this whole combining thing anyway. I am not feeling it and have gained weight!! Post about it coming soon :). I use coupons and shop the discount shelves for sure!

    ~Justine

  6. coco
    25 August, 2009 at 4:42 pm (5 years ago)

    oh… Maggie, kabocha is back! I’m so jealous!!! I haven’t had it since I came to Argentina and crave it now!!!
    great deal on the asian store…. they have really good deals for produce. I usually try to buy what’s on sale, but as I usually go to Tj’s and WF, it’s hard to find good deals anyway. When my parents come, I’m thinking about getting as much as produce from Costco (organic to be used in juices and salads) and asian stores for non-organic produces to be used in stir-fries.

  7. CaSaundra
    25 August, 2009 at 5:23 pm (5 years ago)

    Looks like you got some awesome deals! I save by using coupons, doing coupon swaps, etc. Any way to save is a good deal for me! :-)

  8. VeggieGirl
    25 August, 2009 at 6:51 pm (5 years ago)

    Great deals, for sure!!

  9. carolinebee
    25 August, 2009 at 7:52 pm (5 years ago)

    nice work! I’m a big coupon girl- i feel like a grandma at the store, but it’s worth it :D

  10. Christina
    25 August, 2009 at 8:24 pm (5 years ago)

    Great deals! That’s amazing to see such a bounty for $15!

    I like to get the sales flyer for the store I frequent most and see what deals they have. Then I plan a loose idea for a few meals that week on the best items. I also keep a coupon wallet and like to pair up the flyer deals w/ coupons I have. I usually only buy non perishable and toiletry items when it’s a double deal – both in the flyer and I have a coupon. It’s exciting to see the money saved at the bottom of the receipt – I always feel really proud of myself. :)

  11. mikey
    25 August, 2009 at 9:01 pm (5 years ago)

    i love a good sale! whether it’s the thrift store or about to expire products at the natural foods, i’m all over it. looks like you got some good loot. yum corn!

  12. Abby
    26 August, 2009 at 5:18 am (5 years ago)

    I am the coupon/sale queen, but unfortunately, most produce doesn’t come with a coupon. So, I check the ads and go back throughout the week to restock fresh, so nothing goes to waste. I also freeze breads and whatever else I can.

    And as someone who right now is addicted to raw corn (the seasons almost over-what will I do?) that big bowl of rawness looks perfect to me…

  13. leslie
    26 August, 2009 at 5:40 am (5 years ago)

    kabocha + guac = genius. love it!

    i try to save money any way i can. if i shop for clothes, it’s at thrift stores or sales (or tj maxx/marshall’s), and i’m willing to go to multiple grocery stores to save money (and i love trader joe’s). buying in bulk when i can is helpful too.

  14. polimnia
    26 August, 2009 at 8:38 am (5 years ago)

    i have a flower pot of mint thank you for giving me ideas of new ways of using

  15. smurfette
    26 August, 2009 at 11:33 am (5 years ago)

    Anything with Guac is awesome! That sounds delicioso!

  16. Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)
    26 August, 2009 at 12:34 pm (5 years ago)

    I cannot wait to get home and buy some kabocha. I hope my Asian grocery is stocking some good ones now. You scored at Mitsuwa Maggie! I am not a good bargain shopper…at all. However, I really don’t spend money on anything other than food. Not a purse/shoes kind of gal…although I could do some major damage in Lululemon. ;)

    I need to try your raw corn combo, and thanks so much for you seaweed, herbal tea, and fish tips. Much appreciated!