(Only $25 away from my fundraising goal!)
It looks like I’m going wheat-free next week.
After hitting Food Basics (for VERY meagre fruit and veg) and Bulk Barn (for sweet and spicy crutches), I realised that I only had 95 cents left in my budget. Not including the 50 cents I had set aside for cooking oil and salt. So I had to give up one of my previous purchases (whole wheat flour) so that I could buy afford a can of tomatoes at Loblaws (where it was only slightly cheaper because NO TOMATOES WERE ON SALE).
Cheating? Possibly. Disheartening? Definitely.
I had been hoping for a cheap bag of wonderveg, like sometimes you find in the 50% section, but to no avail. I bought garlic, an onion (one onion!!!), two bananas, one carrot (ech), and one potato. I could cry already, even though I had a giant homemade chocolate chocolate chip cookie for breakfast. I went into Starbucks because I hadn’t had coffee today, but balked when I saw the prices.
You may wonder why I didn’t shop around more. Because shopping between 20 stores to get the best deal is impractical for me, a person with a car, and even more impractical for someone who has to factor every bus fare, ever cL of gas, and their time, into their budget. I went somewhere that is ~40 minute walk (though I ‘cheated’ and drove there) from my home and chose three stores basically adjacent each other. Previously purchases were made at a store between work and home.
If I had had to drive another 15 minutes, or walk an hour, or spend $3.40 on OC Transpo, to go to Produce Depot instead, that is a money drain that would not have been negated by slightly cheaper bananas.
Also, I am GROUCHY because of that cookie I had for breakfast because apparently the sugar’s worn off.
And I just noticed that I was overcharged on my lone potato. THE RECEIPT SAID SWEET POTATO IT WAS A REGULAR POTATO. Fuuuuuuuuuuuuck. ONE POTATO DOES NOT COST THAT MUCH.
I’m also fairly furious because I bought a half-pound carrot for 43 cents, when a 2lb bag would have cost me $1.44. Loose cooking onions? Gone, but a bag of them would have been $1.99. I probably should have done that. They were also out of the 99 cent/lb apples and I couldn’t justify spending more than a third of my weekly budget on a bag of apples. And yes, Canadians bafflingly switch between imperial and metric, but only when it comes to height, weight, and produce.
These things were on crazy sale. I don’t buy them often, but when I do, I eat at least half at a sitting. Which is more than my budget for each day allows.
Also, fucking pierogies are still taunting me wherever I go.
And I couldn’t afford pasta in the end. The sales were not in my favour after all.
$3.36 in previous purchases
-$.56 for ww flour (not being used)
+$1.89 at Bulk Barn
+$2.55 at Food Basics
+$.99 for a can of chopped tomatoes
+$.50 for oil and salt budget
One penny over budget.
(No, not the same one from above.)
Son of a BITCH.
Let’s just say the sweet potato/potato thing more than compensates for it, OK?
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