I've done a pretty good job of using the foods in my cabinets lately, even if it's not what I'm in the mood for. My shelves aren't completely empty but it was time to get some more groceries to make some legit meals.
It had been a while since I've made sandwiches so I thought that'd be a good idea. I keep peanut butter at work for my morning apples, so for the next two days of lunches I'll bring bread and jelly for some good ol' pb & j's. The store brand loaf of bread was $1.25 for a fairly long loaf and the jelly was $1.29. Great deal compared to normal brands that cost anywhere between $2.50-$5 and jelly could cost up to $4.99!
To continue to use my loaf of bread, I bought a few things to make glorified grilled cheese for my dinners. An off brand of "I can't believe it's not butter" cost $1.69 and the real deal cost $5.
A bag of Kraft shredded mozzarella cheese cost $5 (I'm not making this up, most things cost $5 in that store!) but an off brand was $2. I got some peperoni to go in the sandwiches and a bag of baby carrots to complete the meals.
With all those ingredients, it's $.94 a sandwich....yup, I counted the slices of bread in my loaf. $2-$3 per meal is not too shabby at all for the next few days. If I would have bought name brand items, each sandwich would have cost $1.79 and I would have spent an extra $8 on groceries. There are so many things I would rather do with $8, like go see The Help :)
I have yet to find a grocery product that should not be purchased off brand. Can you think of any?