It was the beginning of the month and we needed some staples. I thought I was doing pretty good with the groceries I bought, but I was surprised by the grand total of this trip! I want to be under $1,000 this month, so I’ll have to be careful in the upcoming weeks of February. Luckily it’s a short month!
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.
This is what we bought this week:
Costco Trip: $125.82
(Missing from the picture is a container of almond butter.) We bought a lot of staples this trip like olive oil and brown rice. The prepackaged rice was on sale, so I bought it and will keep it for food we can bring on our trip to Michigan this summer.
Trader Joe’s & Natural Grocers Trip #1: $68.15
I splurged a little with smoked salmon for my daughter who is Paleo AIP. The other fish will be cooked next week.
Sprout’s & Natural Grocers Trip #2: $78.59
Rice thins were on clearance for $1.71, so I bought 3 packages. (Bookworm likes these topped with almond butter for a snack.) Organic brussels sprouts were on sale for $3.99 a pound, so I bought them both times I went to Natural Grocers! Grass fed ground beef was once again $3.99 a pound, so I bought 4 pounds. I had a rain check for the coffee for $3.99 a package, so I cleared out the clearance section and bought the 6 packages that were available. My husband now has quite a stash of coffee–at least 6 months, I think, but you never can tell with the way he drinks coffee!
Coconut milk was on sale for .40 cents cheaper than I can find it here, so I bought 16 containers. On AIP, my daughter uses a lot of this for little snacks like Coconut Carob Truffles. Hopefully this supply should last us a few months.
I also bought powdered goat milk to try. Bookworm likes goat milk, but a little container at the store costs almost $6. In powdered form, it’s much cheaper. We’ll see how he likes the taste.
Green Chef: FREE
We have the opportunity to review Green Chef’s Paleo plan for two, so what we have here are the ingredients for three meals. (Look for a review coming soon!)
Total for the Week: $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
When you shop, do you only buy what you need each week, or do you stock up when you find good bargains?