|Shopping at the Trout Lake Farmers Market in summer 2011|
Except for food. I feel like it's worth it to spend a bit more for organic, for better quality, for 'fancy' stuff, for local stuff made by small businesses. I'm not much of a cook but I love to eat good food. So I avoid tallying up our actual food budget because I'm afraid of how high that number might be. Here are ten things we buy weekly:
|Costco haul in fall 2012|
- Apples. I don't think I've ever gone for more than a week in my entire life without eating an apple. Since I was a wee thing they've been my favourite fruit.
- Bagels. I don't know how I ever lived without bagels, but I definitely couldn't now.
- Some kind of cheese. We're always running out of one & we get antsy if there are fewer than six kinds in the fridge...
- Sushi. We eat out or get takeout about once a week.
- At least four litres of milk. Sprout is drinks about a half litre a day now.
- Chocolate. Can't live without this stuff. I consider good quality chocolate an essential, along with bread, eggs, milk, fruit, veggies...
- Ice cream, cookies or chips. The cravings, oh, the cravings. I'm normally bad with cravings, but I swear when pregnant I have no willpower to resist Kettle Chips or my new obsession: Black Cherry ice cream. At least it was on sale when I bought it. Heh.
- A pastry of some sort. This happens more than once a week--way too many cafes in my neighbourhood! Also: I blame pregnancy. ;)
- Yogurt. The Greek kind. Since I tried its thick, creamy deliciousness I haven't been able to go back. & yes, I know it has WAY more fat than the 'regular' yogurt. But it's worth it for the taste & texture.
- Beer. At least once a week--usually more--my husband stops off at one of the new craft breweries on his way home from work & brings a bottle or two of amazing beer home. As I'm currently following the probably-more-strict-than-necessary guidelines that pregnant women get in North America to completely abstain from alcohol, I usually just have a sip or two to taste it. Then I spend the rest of dinner staring longingly at his glass of delicious beer. On a related note: I swear it was easier to give up beer during my last pregnancy. Perhaps the fact that this time around I have a toddler to contend with is what makes me long for the booze a bit more? ;)
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