Grocery Haulin’: Accidental Overbuying

August 23, 2015

So I have a confession to make…

I totally and accidentally overbought at the grocery store today.

I headed to Trader Joes and Whole Foods all bright eyed and bushy tailed, on a mission to buy enough fresh produce to feed a small army. This is all fun and good, until I conveniently failed to incorporate the fact that I will be traveling with work for two days this week…



I hate wasting produce, so I’ll take this as incentive to cook a few extra meals at home this weekend.

On the note of anti-wastefulness- I finally purchased reusable grocery bags today! The number of paper TJ’s/Whole Foods bags sitting in my pantry is kind of absurd… And after reading Alexis at Hummusapien’s most recent post on simple ways to live green, I was inspired to make a change!

Saving the environment and saving space in the pantry, one grocery bag at a time. 😉

But anyways – the fun stuff! I wanted to share with you guys all of my foodie purchases, and include a price breakdown for each item. I feel like this could be helpful to visualize how much individual things cost when planning your own grocery trips.

My grocery shopping usually ranges between $40-$75, depending on the day/sales/how much restocking I have to do. This grocery haul was slightly on the higher end, coming in at a grand total of $60.04.

Trader Joe’s


  • 2 reusable bags – $0.99 each
  • Organic arugula – $2.49
  • Organic kale – $2.29
  • Eggs – $2.99
  • 2 avocados – $2.78 ($1.39 each)
  • Baby bell peppers – $2.49
  • Portobello mushroom caps – $2.49
  • Red bell pepper – $0.99
  • Mini heirloom tomatoes – $3.49
  • Red onion -$0.99
  • Organic tempeh – $3.98 (Just realizing she accidentally charged me for two… Not cool!)
  • Bananas – $1.14 ($0.19 each)
  • Fuji apples – $1.58 ($0.79 each)
  • Sweet potatoes – $0.98 ($0.49 each)
  • The best coffee on the planet – $7.49
  • Total – $38.39

Side note – I am using the coffee to make my own cold brew! I finally purchased a toddy on Amazon, and currently have a vat of joe brewing away on my counter. To say I’m excited would be an understatement. 🙂

Whole Foods


  • Reusable bag – $0.99
  • Coconut chips – $4.99 (impulse buy… toasted coconut chips with a little coconut sugar and sea salt sounded too good to pass up!)
  • Fresh figs – $3.11
  • Organic local cucumber – $0.51 (on sale)
  • Organic local zucchini – $0.56 (on sale)
  • Purely Elizabeth Hemp & Greens veggie burgers – $3.99
  • Cauliflower – $1.50 (on sale)
  • Blackberries – $2.50
  • “Fancy” okra – $2.79 (that was literally the name on the receipt)
  • Total – $21.65

And there you have it!

What kind of produce have you been loving lately? Do you ever get over-excited and over-buy on produce?

XO, Bailee

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