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Thursday, February 02, 2012

There are so many places to shop, I realized as I was driving through town the other night. You can get groceries in this town at Lucky, Safeway, Whole Foods, Piedmont Grocery, Village Market, Farmer Joe's, Trader Joe's, Grocery Outlet, and Walmart. And that's just Oakland! If you expand into Berkeley and Emeryville (not too far to drive, really), then you can also include Berkeley Bowl, Pack & Save, Target, and Andronico's. 

What's the point? you may ask. Well, it seems very hard to do four weeks of the experiment at each location, although that would take me through the whole year of buying and cooking. While I'm okay with taking the experiment that far, my menu will change as we get into the summer months. I'm not interested in eating meatloaf, soup, or roasts in hot weather, nor am I interested in cooking that much in the summer.

Anyhow, I made my second trip to Lucky this week, this time visiting the larger and more recently remodeled store on 18th Avenue, near Lake Merritt. I found the store selection to be much more expansive, the meat department smelled better, and the store seemed neater and cleaner. What I didn't like was the panhandler in the parking lot, asking me for spare change, while I tried to herd my three small children out of the car. I spent $32.69 on this trip, bringing my weekly total to $136.44.

I also have a small confession: I visited Target yesterday, on the task of procuring a new waffle iron. They had a new section with "Value Packs" of Z-bars and Annie's bunny snacks. I couldn't resist. I spent $44 on snacks that will probably last for the next two to three weeks.


At 2:09 PM , Blogger heavy hedonist said...

I can't walk into Target without spending over $30 either, since they began selling fresh groceries. But how many raw almonds can two people eat, really?

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