Grocery Shopping: Portland Style

From reusable fabric grocery bags to paper bags being the only other option in the city, to leaving the county to be asked “paper or plastic”. Having several Trader Joe’s, New Seasons and Whole Foods within a commutable distance, and shopping at two out of the three (in addition to the local normal priced grocery store) on a almost weekly if not weekly basis (because the other two don’t have what said store has, or they have the best price). 

Today, I went to Bob’s Red Mill, which is amazing, not only do they have a good variety of whole wheat and natural stone ground all purpose flours, but they have the best selection of Gluten Free flours, bread mixes, cake mixes, cookie mixes and a lot more. This is where I get all my gluten free flours to make my flour mixes. 

Even though I live in Portland, due to having a full time job and living in a place that is not conducive to having a garden, or raising chickens (for eggs) or doing a lot of canning, I am reliant on grocery stores for 98% of my food. With that being said I spend more on groceries than many people but spend less than others.

I guess you could call me a typical Portlander, because I like to know what is in my food. I do shop at New Seasons, Whole Foods and Trader Joes. I don’t do my entire grocery shopping at these stores. I shop at them because their Gluten Free and Dairy Free selections are way better but I also shop at Safeway for the bulk of my grocery shopping.

  Today I went to Bob’s Red Mill and picked up the five flours I use to make the bread flour I use to make my own bread, as well as a muffin mix. I spent a total of $22.85. I will get 9 loaves of bread out of this batch of flour mix. I make my own bread because $2.89 per loaf is definitely worth taking the time to make it, versus $5.99 a loaf or pre made gluten free bread at the grocery store. 

 I stopped at Trader Joes because they have decent prices and a good selection of dried fruit and nuts. I needed some Slivered Almonds and dried cranberries for the muffins I am going to be making. While I was there I also picked up some cliff bars and organic Bananas and pita pockets. I spent a total of $19.36 there. 

  I stopped at Safeway for the bulk of my grocery shopping. While I won’t use all of this this week, I will use most of it. Some of it is just the kind of stuff you pick it up and keep it on hand so you have it when you want it/need it. At Safeway I spent $64.52.

For being a stock up week spending roughly $110 this week is not bad for me, considering where I live and having food intolerances. 

Grocery Shopping Challenges

Hey Everyone!

Lately I have been struggling with how much I spend on groceries, and feel like I am spending more than I should, and a lot of it has to with having food intolerances.

I spend roughly $75 – $100 a week on groceries, bearing in mind I can’t eat anything containing even trace amounts of dairy, and very little gluten. Eating healthy, and staying full throughout the day have become a challenge for me without spending an arm and a leg.

I do try to get the almond coconut milk that I use at the lowest possible price. I also bake my own gluten free/dairy free bread, make my own cookies, and I try to make as much from scratch as I can because it is less expensive. I don’t know if it is just part of living in Portland, and Portland has expensive groceries or what.

so I am trying to change things up and see what I can do to eat healthy and cut costs.

I have also been considering a costco membership for at least a year, and see if I can save some money on things like coconut chips, dried cherries, and anything else I can find that I can use.