I bought some of these groceries the day before my surgery, and the rest my husband bought. Next week, he’ll be on his own as I still can’t drive or walk on my foot. I have a feeling he’ll do better than me, so maybe we can eek by this month under budget. Fingers crossed.
Details of Our Grocery Reports
One of my goals this year is to lower my grocery bill and be more cognizant of my spending. I spent a lot of my Christmas break watching YouTube videos of bloggers who have an uber frugal grocery bill each month.
Let me be clear–that’s not what you’ll find here.
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. We also don’t eat beans because we’re currently intolerant to them.
My husband and I set a goal to keep our monthly grocery budget in between the USDA Thrifty and Low Cost Plan. That is currently $784.70 for the thrifty plan to $1,058.30 for the low cost plan.
Even though our monthly grocery expense is our highest expense after our house payment, I’m choosing to share it here for two reasons.
First, I’ve scoured the internet for grocery reports from people who follow a Paleo diet or a specialty diet due to food allergies and intolerances, and no one seems to be sharing. I’d love to know what others on particular diets buy and spend when it comes to their groceries.
Second, I want to hold myself accountable so that we don’t go over our budget. Plus, I want to find new places to buy my groceries that will help reduce our overall cost while still letting us buy the best food for our bodies.
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This is what we bought this week:
US Wellness Meats – $119.86
After this order from US Wellness Meats, I’m stocked up on meats for the first few weeks after surgery.
Vitacost – $31.31
We don’t have much in the way of quick foods for breakfast at our house since we can’t/don’t eat cereal or oatmeal. I found some Brown Rice Farina on clearance at Sprout’s several months ago, and the family liked it. When Vitacost ran a 20% off sale, we stocked up. It will be easy for my husband and mom to make while I recover from my surgery.
Costco – $53.20
They were giving out samples of corned beef. Bookworm really liked it, and when I asked the price, the man said, “$5.99.” At that great price, I snatched one up, but at the register I realized my mistake–$5.99 a POUND! That was a costly mistake, but the family did like the corned beef.
Sprout’s – $16.22
Pederson’s – FREE
Bookworm wrote Pederson’s Natural Farms to tell them how much we love their Paleo-approved bacon, and they sent him all these treats as a thank you!
Fry’s – $18.22
Natural Grocers & Sprout’s – $29.19
Total for the Week: $268
Week 11 Total: $182.34
Week 10 Total: $437.61
February Total: $1,068.39
Week 9 Total: $281.39
Week 8 Total: $238.48
Week 7 Total: $235.91
Week 6 Total: $312.61
January Total: $1,060.06
Week 5 Total: $75.69
Week 4 Total: $132.29
Week 3 Total: $684.53
Week 2 Total: $115.50
Week 1 Total: $52.05