Week 7 of our grocery reports. I’ve noticed that having our daughter on AIP is starting to cost us more money. I was hoping it wouldn’t, but she misses some of her regular food, so I’ve been making her coconut carob truffles for a treat. I also discovered a recipe that she loves for AIP biscuits. Some of these AIP foods take specialty ingredients like coconut milk, coconut flour, and tapioca flour. I also want to buy some cassava flour so I can make her AIP friendly tortillas.
We’ve had her on AIP for 3.5 weeks now. The doctor said that after 4 weeks, we should start to notice some benefits like weight gain and increased nutrition absorption as she heals. So, next week hopefully we’ll start seeing some progress.
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:
U.S. Wellness Meats: $ -5.99
This order was $96.88. However, I also e-mailed US Wellness Meats to let them know that the 9 lbs. of ground lamb I bought last month were not at their usual high standards. Instead, there were hard little pieces and gristle in the meat, something I had not experienced before. US Wellness Meats went above and beyond, and fully refunded me the purchase price of ALL the lamb I had bought in my January order, giving me a $102.87 refund.
They also let me know that they have two lamb suppliers, so in future orders, I should write in the comments that I only want lamb from the supplier I have gotten lamb from every time except the January order.
I have never had any problems with US Wellness Meats‘ meat before, and now that I have, they have an even more loyal customer. What customer service!
Costco & Sprout’s Trip #1: $63.97
Sprout’s Trip #2 & Amazon: $16.92
The Larabars were on sale at Amazon, so I bought a case. We use these for a quick snack when we’re running errands or attending an event away from home.
Sprout’s Trip #3: $83.72
The girls went to an all day choir event, so I bought some pricey items I don’t normally buy like lunch meat for one of the girl’s sandwich (the one who isn’t AIP) and coconut date balls for our daughter on AIP so she’d have a compliant snack.
Trader Joe’s, Natural Grocer, and Fry’s Trip: $33.04
The coconut milk was still on sale, plus Vitacost ran a 20% off sale, so I got the coconut milk at a stock up price. My daughter on AIP also wanted to try plantain chips as a possible snack item
Total for the Week: $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
When you shop, do you only buy what you need each week, or do you stock up when you find good bargains?