It’s been a long day, as I learned today that garage sales and October don’t mix in Chicago. The foot traffic reflected that. Fortunately, I was smart and brought out a little heater to keep me from freezing entirely. And speaking of being smart, remember my grocery challenge yesterday?
I got what felt to me like a ton of great food that I enjoy eating that will do nicely for the wee ones and for me for the next few days, but I’m still surprised each time when I see the total at checkout from my local store. As fresh as the food is and as great a variety as they have, I’m consistently shocked – in a good way – at how competitively priced everything is.
So my total? $17.40
- 1.26 lb Spanish onions
- 0.15 lb garlic
- 2.95 lb bananas
- 1 lb organic carrots
- 0.34 lb store made honey roasted ham
- 0.50 lb Boar’s Head hard salami
- Italian French bread (that’s the store’s name, and it cracks me up every time)
- 1 bunch curly parsley
- 1 bunch kale
- 2.5 lb baby spinach
- 1.32 lb Macintosh apples
- 1 avocado
- 1 pint Zima yellow grape tomatoes
- 10 lb russet potatoes
No. Really. See?
How do you not love a store like this. I’m curious though. What would a similar basket cost at your favorite grocery store? Maybe I’m happy over nothing – and jaded by the overpriced major chains in Chicago. Dominick’s announced last week that they were leaving, driven out by their poor management and obnoxious prices. I have one within walking distance of me, and I go there only in the most dire emergencies, which should tell you (and them) something.