Aight folks, so last we talked I was eating everything in sight and blowing off long runs in favor of air conditioning, right?

Well times have changed.  This week I was SPOT ON with all of my training (I even added an extra mile here and there).

Here’s what happened:

Sunday: 16 mile bike ride
Monday: 5 miles
Tuesday: 5 miles
Wednesday: 4 miles
Thursday: REST
Friday: 5 mile tempo run
Saturday: 10 miles (7.5 with the team)

On team runs: They are the best.  Especially when you are running long.  I thought I would hate running with other humans, but it’s actually pretty awesome.  Cheers to Team Saturday!

On a more sordid note, I’ve discovered something super scandalous.


I spend at least $10 more per week when shopping at any of my local grocery stores instead of Trader Joe’s.  I’ve been collecting receipts, and each week I shop at Trader Joe’s my total grocery bill is close to $40, when I shop elsewhere, it’s at least $50.  I’m sure there are less expensive options at my local grocery store, but since I buy mostly produce, mostly organic, and things like almond milk and greek yogurt, TJ’s is saving me a LOT of moolah.  Like $520 a year… that’s half a vacation folks.

My next experiment is going to be comparing weekly expenses at the farmer’s market vs. Trader Joe’s. I am on a mission to find the most affordable, organic, locally grown/raised, minimally processed food in my neighborhood. However, this detail [insert link to brooklyn grocery article] may be a game changer, I’ll keep you posted!

What about you?  Do you shop at a local grocery store? A national health food chain? The farmer’s market?  Where do you save the most moolah without sacrificing quality?


About the Author Aubrie Fennecken

Aubrie Fennecken is the Chief Alchemist at Opportunity Kitchen | work + wellness strategist | nonprofit fundraising expert | providing productivity and self-care support for mission-driven humans

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