What I Hated the Least Today 184/365: Groceries

My 1.6 foot grocery bill
My 1.6 foot grocery bill

I’ve been to get my groceries today. Or, as the Scots say, messages. Sure, my life is uneventful to that extreme when going out to get groceries is an event. Also, I’m running out of subjects to blog about (see my recent toilet paper post), so I figure I’ll blog my grocery bill today. Yes, I’m serious.

Before punctuating my post with a delightful unordered list (aka <ul><li></li></ul>), let me state my utmost satisfaction that that’s it done, groceries for another week at home. I’ve found that I can carry about a week’s worth of groceries in one take (I don’t own a car) and since I always pay about the same amount for my weekly shopping, I was able to calculate how much I spend on food per month.

One one hand, my findings led me to Google how long one can last without food; on the other hand, I was almost grateful (I’m never grateful, so almost is the key word here) that I still have money for food. And for rent even. Until it runs out. Meanwhile, however, my grocery bill. It was 1.6 foot (50 cm) long, but most of the paper was taken by advertising nonsense (on my defence).

I bought, in the same order as checked in by the cashier:

  • frozen fish fillets
  • frozen shrimps (I should bloody stop buying fancy food)
  • mints (as a smoker, I need a mouth sanitiser for when I approach people)
  • frozen vegetables, corn mix
  • frozen vegetables, broccoli mix
  • frozen vegetables, carrot/corn/pea mix
  • tofu
  • whole bean coffee
  • regular pasta
  • corn pasta
  • cookies (damn the cookies, I always buy cookies though on diet)
  • rice crisp bread
  • rye crisp bread
  • soya
  • fish spice mix
  • rice crisp bread with paprika seasoning
  • salt
  • fish spread
  • wholegrain baguette
  • fresh champignons

Author: Mara Eastern

I'm a sardonic blogger, snapper, scribbler and rhymer; a virtual space invader who indulges in cheerful negativism, morbid self-deprecation and bleak humour.

35 thoughts

  1. Food is expensive isn’t it…no matter how you go about it it all adds up and takes a certain % of our weekly income….on Saturday mornings, today in fact, I took my youngest son shopping so he can stock up on an adequate supply of salt and sugar. I did once suggest we just buy a bag of salt and a bag of sugar to achieve the same end but he prefers his salt on something resembling a potato chip and his sugar wrapped inside bars of chocolate.As he was ill some years ago, his diet has changed considerably though thankfully he does his best at night when I try to tempt him with what I think is real food. Have a good weekend.


    1. Food comes clearly second in the list of things I spend most money on – the top rank is taken by the rent. It is a fact universally acknowledged that nutrients taste best in food – so I doubt you could get away with a bag of salt and sugar instead ๐Ÿ˜‰ If you do attempt this trick, let me know how it went. Have a good and tasty weekend!


  2. Here on the other side of the world I too did my grocery shopping. My bill was probably about the same length, although the content thereof is quite different. And there was no way I could have carried three heavy grocery bags home! SO the four wheels took me there and back via the election post. Yes, we had a Federal election here today. It was a lack lustre campaign. I can wait for the results. They’ll be in the morning paper, though the final tally will take longer.


    1. I see you’re in Oz ๐Ÿ™‚. A friend of mine met her Swedish boyfriend in Melbourne. He was there on vacation. They moved to Sweden. Then they thought they’d make one big trip, before starting a family. Eventually they ended up in Sidney, and there they broke up. HE (the Swede), remained in Sidney, and SHE (the Australian) went back to Sweden … she’s still there after 30+ years ๐Ÿ™‚

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    2. It looks to me like you got more food than me for the same money! One has to think a bit in advance when one doesn’t have a car for grocery shopping, but the good thing is that you never end up buying more than what you can eat – you just couldn’t physically carry it. And it’s perfectly manageable for a person living alone, so no complaints ๐Ÿ™‚ Hopefully the election results will turn out to your preferences.

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      1. I do buy for more than one, of course ! The election results are proving to be very interesting – not clear yet what the final result will be, but there is a very clear and big swing away from the 2 major parties. People are sick of their incompetence. However, it may make governing very problematic if there is no clear leader…some are already saying it may be a hung parliament.


  3. Like you, I don’t mind doing the weekly grocery run for myself. Never hated it. I like taking my time looking at the brands and comparing prices and in a way I feel like I’m sussing out the best products for myself and not letting the supermarket get the better of my money.

    I spy a lot of frozen veggies on yours. To be honest, they save chopping time in the kitchen ๐Ÿ˜€ My grocery list is usually much shorter than yours – it usually involves pasta and fresh veggies….and when I get home it takes me half an hour to chop them all up nicely and in standard shapes being the OCD person that I am ๐Ÿ˜€


    1. That’s great that you make yourself buy fresh veggies – definitely the healthier choice. I’m strangely satisfied to hear that you cut your veggies into standard shapes. I cut my tofu blocks into standard cubes, which goes pretty well; chicken is worse, one never quite ends up with regular pieces all in one size ๐Ÿ˜ฎ A fellow OCD here. I also do a lot of thinking when grocery shopping – I’m trying to avoid the usual supermarket tricks, like putting the most expensive items on eye level and tempting the poor customer into deals that are no deals really.


      1. I like your uniform cut-up tofu blocks. Very nicely done and I’m sure it is calming for you ๐Ÿ˜€ Chicken is certainly harder to cut. I always get chicken breast because I like it, and slicing them into thin strips is easier said than done, haha. Trying to get the chicken to all be the same thickeness for each piece is…actually impossible…ugh… ๐Ÿ˜€


  4. I also do all my weekly shopping in one go (though I need a car to do so) but with six of us I do need to pick up more milk and bread later in the week. I’m obsessively thrifty so I like to challenge myself to keep the grocery shopping under $150 for the week. I often get it under $100 and I actually whoop out loud if I get it lower than $70. One of the things that pleases me most about the supermarket I use is that the receipt itemizes the items purchased in categories so there’s a produce section and a dairy section etc which mirrors the way in which I write my shopping list. It’s sort of sad, I know, that I find that so calming but life is made up of such little luxuries.


    1. I imagine you absolutely need to pay attention to prices when shopping for a family, it’s a clever thing to do. At one time, I used to track all my expenses in spreadsheets to see where I could economise, but it turned out that I rarely buy what I don’t need, so not much manoeuvring space here. I could probably spend a lot on buying cheaper generic brands, but sadly, I can tell/taste the difference, so I’m indulging myself while I can…

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      1. I find there are some things where genetic doesn’t matter and other things where it does. Of course, moving to another country with different brands meant I had to start all that knowledge from square one again.


        1. Moving to another country must be more difficult than I can even imagine. Not even getting groceries works in the same way. I love it that your shop categorises the items on your receipt, as you mentioned in your earlier comment, now that’s a little thing that would make me very happy!

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  5. Your list looks very good and ordered. We do everything ‘wrong’; meaning, we go often to the grocery store, and sometimes hungry. That’s the worst — everything looks tempting. If I were single, and without a car, I would have to plan ahead differently. I drink milk every day. I have to have milk at home, otherwise I don’t feel … well/comfortable/safe/whatever. Pizza without a glass of milk just wouldn’t be the same for me. However, milk is heavy, and so is the bottled, bubbly water.

    They have this loyalty card, and I have this ridiculous obsession about the “points” … I fool myself, thinking I’m saving money LOL. Right now we have $40 to redeem, emptied it out the other week and paid $100 with the points.

    Do they have that stuff in the CZ too?


    1. Going grocery shopping while hungry is “wrong”, true, but then I often do the same. Considering that I like to save time, so I don’t like to go out to get my groceries more often than absolutely necessary, and considering that I can only carry what I can carry, I need to exercise some discipline even when hungry ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s so great that I only shop for myself – milk and say, bread, are staple things that everyone has at home at all times, except me – I don’t have to buy them when I don’t use them. I’d probably buy bubbly water under different circumstances too, but I drink too much, so that would mean several trips a day only to get water. Not realistic, and I’ve grown used to tap water, fortunately.

      I have a bunch of loyalty cards, but their value is limited. In one supermarket, the card only means you qualify to buy items on offer for special price – there are more items on offer for card holders. That’s in Billa. It does pay off in longer term, but not a huge deal. Another supermarket has a card that collects points and when you reach a certain amount, you get 1 to 3 per cent down on each shopping you do. So, if your points get converted into money to shop with, you are probably not kidding yourself that you’re saving money ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      1. Before I came here, I was never hooked on the bubbly water. The tap water here is almost undrinkable. They’re constantly working on improving the water, but so far … nothing.

        I like to think that we’re actually saving some with this one card.


        1. I see, that explains it then. Water is alright here, except it’s very hard and ruins the faucets, the kettle, the washing machine – and probably also my digestive tract ๐Ÿ˜ฎ


  6. I do random shopping. Sometimes I go to our neighboring country, Sweden, to buy massive amounts of gluten free flour, meat and detergents. Before I used to buy vegetables and fruit at the local vegetable market, but now that I’m single I just don’t give a fuck anymore.
    Cooking fancy dinners for one person…? Nah, I don’t think so…


    1. Czech people living near the border with Poland would go to get their groceries in Poland because some things are cheaper there. Doesn’t make much sense to me because cheap, poor quality Polish stuff is imported here, so you can buy it without bothering to cross the border. I’ve actually started to cook only when I found myself single. It’s a good thing that I only cook for myself because my cooking is horrendous. Even the cat wouldn’t eat it. You can always cook a fancy dinner and invite your local homeless person over to share the meal with, I guess.


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