So, I’ve decided to do something different–keep a record of what we bought grocery-wise and what we ate.
Just for information, we’re a family of 5. Our kids are 12, 7, and 6. The 12 year old eats as much or more than my husband. We’re all gluten free. I and one of my daughters are following a Paleo diet. My other two kids eat very limited dairy and eggs and gluten free grains. My husband can eat anything he wants (lucky him!), though he doesn’t complain about avoiding gluten and dairy at home. As much as possible, we try to buy grass-fed meat and eat organic veggies and fruits.
Based on the USDA Cost of Food for June, 2016, following the thrifty plan, our groceries should cost $790 a month. But our months vary based on our budget.
This month, we only had budgeted $661 for groceries. Before the 17th of August, I had already spent $468.03 on groceries, which leaves me with $192.97 for the rest of August.
This week I made four shopping trips–to Costco, Sprout’s, Basha’s, Trader Joe’s and Natural Grocers and spent $134.99.
Natural Grocer’s – $3.70
organic baby bok choy (not pictured)
Basha’s & Trader Joe’s-$43.15
(not pictured–two bags of gluten free pasta, three bags of organic riced cauliflower, and one box of turkey patties)
We ate the following meals:
Lunch–leftover spaghetti and broccoli for the kids, turkey patty, sweet potatoes, and broccoli for me.
Dinner–rotisserie chicken, carrots, and broccoli
Lunch–leftover spaghetti squash mixed with Jamie Oliver spaghetti sauce and leftover ground beef and greens (only one child was thrilled with this meal, but they all ate it)
Lunch–a variety of leftovers including sweet potato fries, regular fries, Turkey Sweet Potato meatloaf, some of the spaghetti from yesterday, and broccoli
Lunch–Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry
Dinner–Beef & Bok Choy Soup & sweet potato fries
Dinner–Yikes. I don’t remember!
Lunch–Turkey patties, broccoli, potato chips (for the kids)
Dinner–Tuna noodle casserole (for the kids and my husband).