How Much More Are You Spending at the Grocery Store?

On Aug. 11, Mary Ellen Burris, a senior vice president of consumer affairs for Wegmens, a family-owned grocery chain in upstate New York wrote a blog post titled "Sky High Beef" to explain to customers why beef prices have risen lately.

Grocery Spending Via Food Pyramid

The other day, I wondered how my grocery store spending matched up with the old U.S. Department of Agriculture's food pyramid, which they retired in 2011 (I have yet to accept their new plate chart), so I pulled up an old receipt I had on file to see how it would turn out. My dairy spending tends to be on the lower end because I usually will buy a tub of yogurt and a carton of organic milk every other grocery shop. Anyway, this is among the things I sometimes think about, which makes me perfect marriage material if you ask me! Excuse me while I load up on some more carbs.

What is Your Grocery Shopping Style?

How we shop for groceries.

The Deli Person’s Mistake

I look at the deli sticker that the woman who apportioned them out had placed on them and realized she missed a decimal point and charged me for four POUNDS of chicken wings—not four chicken wings.

“Vegan, Gluten-Free Chocolate Brownie: $4.50″

Forget you, Fresh Direct; peace out, Peapod. A bright-eyed and bushy-tailed new competitor, Good Eggs, wants your money in exchange for delivering groceries to your door. The company seems built to appeal to Brooklyn, which is one of only four places it currently operates: there’s free delivery to the borough, for starters, and its mission “is to grow and sustain local food systems worldwide.” However commendable the goal, and even, it seems, the methods, there’s something unavoidably “Stuff White People Like” about the endeavor. The vegan, gluten-free chocolate brownie ($4.50!) is described this-a-way:

Super dense and intensely chocolately, you won’t miss the gluten in this brownie. Perfect with a cup of ice cold almond milk! Our sweets contain exclusively organic, nutrient-dense, virgin, and certified raw ingredients. We use low-temperature cooking methods to retain healthy enzymes and nutrients. No processed flours, sugars, gluten, animal or dairy products, or genetically modified additives go into any of our sweets.

So, uh, almost $5 for a brownie that has nothing in it but dark chocolate? A Hershey bar will run you a lot less than that.

Is a locavore-oriented and more ethical grocery delivery system the answer to your no-time-to-food-shop prayers? Or are you already satisfied with your CSA, FreshDirect habit, or other hacks to stock your pantry, like using Postmates or TaskRabbit to get someone to bring you the condiments you’re addicted to from Trader Joe’s?

Cartoon by Charrowan artist in Brooklyn.

Our Fridge, Ourselves

A series of posts on Twitter lead me to this old post on Heavy Table looking inside the refrigerator of Davina, from Davina and the Vagabonds. I've discovered that the best way for me to avoid picking up my cell and ordering takeout is to have a well-stocked fridge, and Davina's fridge is pretty stocked—she's got a cheese drawer! It might be neat to get a look at the insides of each of our fridges. Mine is full of yogurts. Send me a photo of the inside of your fridge and a brief description if you are interested!

Here’s What You Spend on Groceries Each Week

What we spend on groceries.
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What Do Your Groceries Say About You?

Did you know that the groceries you buy are a window into your soul? (They are a window into your soul.) Here's what today's haul says about me. What do your groceries say about you?

I Literally Only Spend My Money on Coffee and Food

Where'd your last hundo go, Brendan O'Connor?

Price Comparison Battle: Safeway vs. Trader Joe’s vs. Costco vs. Casa Lucas

I divided up my grocery list into four broad categories: dairy, meat, produce, and dry goods. I chose identical products at the lowest price (i.e. if there were onions and organic onions, I chose the non-organic). If the product was only sold at scale (everything sold at Costco), I put the full amount and price you'd have to pay in parentheses. If I couldn't find an item (why doesn't Costco sell sweet potatoes?), I left it blank.

How Much Do You Spend on Groceries Every Week?

If you do one big monthly shop, you can calculate what that would be on a weekly basis. I'll start: I spend about $55 a week on groceries.