Grocery Report, January 11-17, 2018

My mom left last week (boo hoo!), but before she left, she gave us money for groceries for her 6 weeks here.  We used that money to stock up on some items like meat from Butcher Box.

Just a Few Facts About Us

Our family of 5 chooses to eat mostly organic produce and grass-fed and pasture-raised meats.  I’m Paleo, my daughter is semi-Paleo, and the rest of us are gluten free.  Everyone except my husband is dairy free.  Our goal for 2018 is to spend on average $750 per month (or less) on groceries.

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Here’s what we bought last week:

Costco – $56.20

Bashas’, Trader Joe’s & Sprouts – $33.21

Trader Joe’s & Sprouts – $60.09

Trader Joe’s & Sprouts – $21.90

All of the sausage that are in the Sprout’s trips were on clearance.  My husband usually cooks two on the weekend and takes a little bit each day in his lunch for protein.  We only buy these when they’re on clearance, and this week there were a lot on clearance, so I took advantage.  We had been all out.  My husband also sometimes cooks up organ meat for his lunch instead, but since we haven’t bought 1/4 side of beef in over a year, we’re out of organ meat.  I was glad to stock up on the sausage so his lunches are covered for the next two to three months.

Butcher Box – $174.00

We still have bacon left from our big stock up in December, but Butcher Box had it for $4 a package, so I bought the maximum we could get–8 packages.

We haven’t ordered a Butcher Box since July, and I was happy to see that this time I could customize it.  I tried to order cuts of meat that we could stretch so our box lasts longer.

We got 8 packages of bacon, one whole chicken, one pork tenderloin, 2 packages stew meat, 1 package premium steak tips, 1 tri-tip, and 4 sirloin steaks.

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Vitacost – $28.86

I got the mac & cheese for $3.14 a box, which is the lowest price I have found.  I stocked up in anticipation of Lent when we won’t be able to have meat on Fridays.

TOTAL$374.26 (-$350 my mom gave us) = $24.26

TOTAL for last week: $597.30

TOTAL for January so far: $621.56

Goals for 2018: Week 2 of 52

Although I have many things I want to accomplish this year, I’m taking the goals slowly, month by month.  My January goals are all about taking care of myself.

This week, I added on some of the other things that I didn’t get to last week, so I’m pretty happy with my progress so far.

Make Time to Relax

Read a book a week.  I finished one book this week, And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer, and I’m in the middle of reading two others:  American Fire and Avoiding the Greener Grass Syndrome.

Write. I wrote in my journal once last week.

Care for Myself

Although losing weight was not one of my explicit goals, I did join Weight Watchers.

Last week I lost .8 pounds.  This week, I found more foods I like and am having an easier time sticking to my points range, so I’m pleased.

Exercise.  I walked twice last week, once for 12 minutes, and once for 10 minutes.  (Thanks for the motivation, C!)

Manage my sugar cravings. Still working on this one.  I have a plan that I’m going to try this week.

Create a Manageable Schedule for Myself

My mom just left after staying with us for 6 weeks, so this will be the week I can start to evaluate how our new schedule, which has us home in the middle of the day for 6 to 7 hours, works for us.  We’re slowing ramping up school again, and I also plan to come up with a new chore system for the kids.

Re-establish My Prayer Routine

Right now, I’m just regularly saying my night prayers.  Since I’m having success with the rest of my goals, it’s time to tackle this one this week.

These are my initial goals for 2018.  How are you doing on your goals?  I’d love it if you’d share in the comments!


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