Replenishing

Yesterday I replenished my produce stash.

I got everything at the regular grocery store.  Grapes were on sale for 88 cents/pound, vine-ripe tomatoes were 2.49/pound, oranges were on sale, basically it was one big sale-fest.

I buy everything at the regular grocery store or TJ’s, except….

MY OTHER RECIPES

…..Vegenasise.  I went to Whole Foods for that singular item.  Walk in, don’t stop, don’t browse, you will get sucked in$$ if you don’t have a clear mission.

I needed to replenish my Vegenaise stash so I could make more Vegan Slaw Dressing

Sometimes I make Broccoli “Salad” (minus the bacon and sometimes minus the raisins, i.e. so  just plain broccoli) and that gets smothered in slaw dressing.

Or sometimes I’ll make Horseradish Relish Dressing with Vegenaise.  No charge for the extra kick that comes with it.

And I went to the post office, mailed a parcel, and replenished my stamp stash.  I try to pay all my bills online and do everything as paperless as possible, but sometimes I can’t avoid using snail mail and need stamps.

I do try to avoid paying retail for all dry goods, household goods, protein powders, body wash and tons more and order everything from iHerb.com

I order things like:

5 pounds of bulk white stevia powder

to Liquid Vanilla Stevia

to bulk cinnamon orders and re-filling my existing jars and saving $30 in the process

to Nooch for 15+ recipes that I use it in

to using iHerb for the probiotics and other supplements I take

I highly encourage you to give iHerb a try.  And never pay retail or WF prices again!

If you do try iHerb, you can use code: AVE630 at checkout to save $5

From my last post about my new camera bag, thanks for the compliments on it!

And thanks for letting me know if you’re purse and bag junkie like I am and what, if anything, you’ve ever had custom-made.

Dessert: Chocolate Macroons (Raw and Vegan)

If you don’t have a dehydrator, feel free to bake them in your oven.

Questions:

1.  What do you buy online vs. in a regular store?

I love saving money by ordering my bulk items, non-perishable food items, and dry goods online.

Produce, certain specialty food products, my Target trips, my trips to the mall and MAC store, well, those things I buy in a real store.

2. What have you replenished lately?

I replenished my produce stash at the grocery store.

I replenished my nooch, probiotics, and steiva stash from iHerb

I replenished our clean clothes by doing laundry

And I replenished my sanity by going on a glorious run in the 70F and sunny weather and then I came home and did 20 minutes worth of workout moves in my garage.

What have you replenished lately?

68 comments on “Replenishing”

  1. I buy as much as I can online, but some things I either can’t find online or they are the same price locally. Those things I buy locally to save on packaging. During the summer we get 95% of our produce from a local farmer for $20/week. Saving money and getting better produce too :)

    Replenished my unsweetened cocoa stash last night. Tonight I’m making a Double Chocolate Walnut Brownie recipe (from Elana’s Pantry blog) to take to a birthday celebration on Saturday.

  2. I just bought nutritional yeast flakes for the first time using your promo code at iherb! Thanks! I could not figure out how to get free shipping as you indicated, but I did get the $5 off which was great!

  3. “Walk in, don’t stop, don’t browse, you will get sucked in$$ if you don’t have a clear mission.” Ummm, AMEN sista :) That store is one giant money trap. I’m an online person for sure – In fact, my UPS guy told me I get the most packages on the block (half embarrassing, half funny). Normally, I use either iherb or Amazon. I like iherb though, because sh*t ships fast :) Fast is always good. Amazon on the other hand, has been taking anywhere from 1-2 weeks for shipping lately (not cool).

  4. Yay for sales and all that produce! I buy shoes online because Zappos is a great site and I woke up today to feel that my health has been replenished! I finally feel like I’m awake, for the first time in quite a few days. Runs are great for replenishing sanity!

  5. I need to replenish my probiotics! I’m consuming kefir in the meantime and I’m also going to pick up some kim chee at the Asian market this weekend!

  6. I don’t buy much online, but this is the best deal on stevia I’ve found, and the only place I’ve purchased it from for the past year: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0007CZ4BQ/ref=oss_product (I’m not affiliated w/ them at all!) Just want to share a good deal. Its 2 two-ounce dropper bottles for $6.79. I’d say this is half off retail at least. There is minimal shipping, but when you get multiple two-packs, the shipping goes up only in tiny increments, so the more purchased, the better deal on shipping. Hope this helps someone! I’m also looking forward to checking out iHerb too!

  7. I got more protein powder at Whole Foods yesterday!

  8. I need to look into buying the nooch and probiotics online. :)

  9. Funny that I haven’t been to a “regular” grocery store in ages, I’m so obsessed with Whole Foods and TJ’s with occasional Costco trips. Great produce score, I need to replenish this weekend.

    1. Depends, I buy a lot of bulk ingredients through Amazon, like dried beans, hemp seeds, cacao powder, protein powders and nooch. But I buy produce at Whole Foods, TJ’s and Costco and have been getting a lot of nuts and seeds incrementally as I need them from TJ’s and Whole Foods bulk foods department to see if that saves money – defo saves space in my kitchen!
    2. Produce, lots of produce and I have to go shopping again this weekend.

  10. Whooa, that photo replenished my sun deficiency! Actually, the sky is blue and sun out here, but it’s cold cold cold…

    I’m with you on getting stuff on sale and getting stuff online if it’s way cheaper. Am bummed that I have no cacao butter to make chocolates with and V-day coming up, but I have other options, all kinds of recipes that don’t have to make choc from scratch. But that’s something I’m about to replenish…

  11. The post office has to be my very least favorite chore! Ugh.

  12. I can’t find your chocolate macaroon recipe. I clicked on the chocolate snowball one, but it redirected me to a post that didn’t have it…

  13. is that a new Veganaise? i haven’t seen it here…yet :P but it looks like its much better than the regular one…i usually get the green expeller pressed one but i want a flax healthy oil blend instead! haha yea i remember when you talked about the price of Whole Paycheck..er…Foods. definitely gotta put “blinders” on in there and head right to the product in mind..no looking elsewhere ;)

    thank God the sun came out yesterday to replenish my vitamin D stores!!! <3

    xoxo

    • It’s not “new”…it’s been around for about 18 months I think…I like it b/c it’s less…”gloppy” than the full fat one and seems to blend wonderfully for making dressings. Try it if you can find it.

      Great to hear from you hon! Hope life has been good by you!!!!!!!! :)

  14. Hi Averie! That’s a wonderful bunch of produce you’ve gotten there – so much freshness! :D I’m stillwaiting for the day when stevia is admitted for sale in Europe, it’s such a shame that you can get icky things like aspartame in every supermarket while natural products like stevia are held back.

  15. My boyfriend and I are both students so we stick to a routine for the most part. Each week we get groceries from the same grocery store but tend to only buy what’s on sale. However, we did just replenish our coffee supply… thanks to his mom! She supports us in many ways, but one of those ways is to purchase and then give us this wonderful fair trade, organic, shade grown coffee. The exact kind we get is here: http://www.levelground.com/bolivia/

    We don’t have a lot of money so it can be difficult to make a difference, so we are both really thankful that we can enjoy coffee that hasn’t ripped off a farmer.

    I am about halfway through cleaning the apartment for its weekly clean. It feels a lot more calming. My sanity is coming back to me, slowly! :)

  16. all of my supps/spices online. i shop for clothing online a ton too for discount prices. i very rarely buy clothing in stores! i shop 1x weekly for groceries produce/canned items.

  17. I buy my “healthy” foods online all the time – because they aren’t available in the shops here!
    I’ve recently replenished the veg stash like you – and had trouble fitting it all in the fridge :-)

    I wanted to say thank you too for your microwave banana cake recipe… there might have been one day this week I didn’t have one for breakfast – but only one!

  18. I am so jealous of those grapes. They are still close to three bucks a pound here! My son begs for them everytime we go to the store :(

    I replenish my produce every Sunday but I will have to visit tomorrow – I am out of bananas. I just replenished our personal hygiene items, juice for lunches, laundry for clean clothes, and medicine for this crazy sickness that is plaguing my house.

    I have never tried iherb, I will check it out today! I like to buy my books from amazon. You can always get a better price from there. I usually buy a lot of my gifts for Christmas online from amazon as well, great prices on electronics & jewelry (for kiddos).

  19. Haha! Totally…go to Whole Foods, shut your eyes, grab what you need, pay, RUN OUT! I hear that. :)

    I also too just stocked up the fridge. Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Farmer’s Market and Ralph’s. Ugh! full time job right. But at least we have the blessed lives to have all this. :)
    I also stiocked up on the peanut flour from T Joes.:)
    Have a great weekend Averie.

  20. I totally need to order in bulk like you do, Ive ordered from there before but really need to get back into bulk purchases to cut back on the waste and it saves so much money. I love Whole Foods but it is so easy to spend $100.00 and walk out with only a bag or two .

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  22. Ordering in bulk is the way to go! I’d love to be able to buy a huggeeee thing of oats, actually! I’d probably have to stick it in my laudry room, though. :P

  23. Ha! You are totally right about Whole Foods. You really have to go with a plan, and not hungry, and DON’T BROWSE. I haven’t been to WF in awhile. We have a local (used to be locally owned, now not) store near my house which is very similar. Delicious prepared foods.

    I haven’t replenished anything yet, that starts today. We are out of milk. My friend K and her boyfriend just bought a large amount of cow that they are selling some to me. I don’t generally eat very much meat, but this is organic, grassfed, free range cow direct from the farmer. At $5 (ground) and $13 (steak) a pound, it’s going to eat up all of my surplus from my $50/week experiment, but will also likely last me a very long time.

    I buy most everything at TJ’s. However for bulk items like lentils and beans, I’ve been going to WF, the fancy store up the street, or the produce store. My friend K, however, is a member of the local co-op, and I visited yesterday. Man, small store, GREAT prices, best price on nooch I’ve seen (half of what it is everywhere else). I think I might have to join.

  24. I replenished my almond milk stash!!! We need to stock up for vegan week :-)

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