Since you guys wanted me to write more about shopping on a budget, here it is! Read about my trip to the West Side Market, what I bought, the prices and how I will use the food in meals for 2 people this week!
“The West Side Market is Cleveland’s oldest and most trusted market! Today the market is home to over 100 vendors of great ethnic diversity. You can find not only fine meats and fresh vegetables, but also fresh seafood, baked goods, dairy and cheese products, and even fresh flowers. There are also booths that sell ready-to-eat foods, herbs, candy and nuts. Tourists from all over the world tour the market every year drawn by television programs produced by the Travel Channel and Food Network featuring segments on the West Side Market. Last year it is estimated that over a million people visited the market.” Visit the website for more information: http://www.westsidemarket.org/
Believe it or not this was my first time going to the market! Since I was in Cleveland this Saturday morning for a 5K race, I decided to stop and get my weekly groceries! I had a great time! I could spend all day long in there! But that is just me, I like shopping for groceries more than I like shopping for clothes! The prices come very cheap due to the competitive nature of vendors with other vendors. You will not find these prices in the grocery store, nor will you find the freshness. On my trip I did make a few expensive purchases such as a half pound of Fresh Yellowfin Tuna which was over $8.00, but I still stayed within my budget. I am a vegetarian, but I do eat tuna, salmon and some other non-shell fish seafood….so I suppose you could call me a Pescetarian. I also bought some really yummy feta cheese spread (olive and also sun-dried tomato spread) which was $6.00 for a ½lb, and some Lebanese whole wheat spinach wraps which were about $3.00 each. If you buy specialty items already made by vendors then the prices can tend to be a little higher, and if the seafood is rare then that will also be a little higher. The other seafood such as tilapia was a great price. I totaled about $70.00, which is not too bad, my budget for the week is from $50-70! Most of the vendors accepted my EBT (food stamps) card, which was great to hear! Below is a picture of everything I bought! I made a menu, but I plan on having some left overs after the 5 days for the weekend.
Here is a price list of everything.
Click here: Prices groceries
Here is a sample menu (for 2) of what I will be having this week.
Click here: Menu- west side market