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Using SNAP benefits and Public Transportation to shop

You’d think I hadn’t shopped in a month – not a week.

Monday was grocery day and I visited two stores that are accessible by public transportation (although reading these maps has proven difficult – I have tried to include the bus route):

Aldi on E Washington Street (8 Bus – IndyGo) and Walmart on Emerson Ave (16 Bus – IndyGo).  

If I am reading the Eligible Food Items list correctly on the SNAP website, there were only two purchases that I made that do not qualify: paper towels and a bouquet of flowers (a rare treat for myself!)

My purchase at Aldi totaled of $130.79.  That means that $124.31 was eligible.

At Walmart, I spent $155.45 with $68.94 being groceries that are SNAP eligible.

So, my total SNAP spending was $193.25.

This will feed my family of 5 for the next week:

35 breakfasts, 37 lunches and 25 dinners 

This only works for me because I have made a conscious effort to meal plan, read labels and try not to pass along my chocolate cravings to my kids (so far – not working).

I purchased 8 fruits and vegetables and 13 protein items that could be used as the main dish in meals.  And as you all have seen, we are a snacking family too – so there are plenty of cookies, granola bars, chips, etc in there too.

Help me to help others learn to meal plan, eat healthier and use their SNAP benefits wisely.  

 
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Posted by on August 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Guest Post – My College Roomate reveals my original cooking abilities

‘Amazing’ and ‘jealous’ are the 2 words that come to my mind every time I see one of Kristin’s meals on Facebook or read about it on her blog. Amazed that she can cook and jealous she couldn’t cook like this in college.
 
Kristin and I lived with each other for 2 years. The only 3 things I can remember her cooking were macaroni and cheese, chicken patty sandwiches, and toasted cheese sandwiches. Her toasted cheese sandwich recepe was 2 pieces of bread, toasted in the toaster with a piece of cheese between them, and finally microwaved. Her meals look much better now.
 
Grille Cheese
Not surprised she shops at Aldi’s, though. That was our favorite store in college!
 
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Posted by on February 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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By The Numbers – #3

I left you hanging for quite awhile I realized – so two quick ‘By The Numbers’ posts in a row.

Today I grocery shopped.  I spent $83.82.

I bought the following fruits/veggies:

4 pints strawberries, frozen corn, frozen blueberries, orange juice, carrots, portobella mushrooms, a bag of golden delicious apples, blueberries, blackberries, a mango, a bunch of bananas, apple juice, multi-color pepper pack, seedless baby watermelon

this week's fruit and veggies

this week’s fruit and veggies

That’s 14 varieties.  I would estimate that it is almost 70 servings of fruits and veggies.  It should last us a week.

Those ingredients cost me:  $24.90

Per serving that amounts to $.36 – that’s CRAZY TALK!

That’s cheaper than a candy bar at the concession stand – no WAY!

Notes:  none of those are organic and I shop at Aldi (and if you don’t, it’s your fault not mine)

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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