Today’s the day! Foot surgery day! This is my last week of shopping; I tried to stock up so my husband and kids have all that they need for fresh foods for at least a week. I also have the freezer full of meals, so for the next few weeks, I’m hoping our grocery shopping will be light. For the next few weeks, grocery shopping will be my husband’s chore, so this should be an adventure!
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:
CSA – $22
Fry’s Trip #1 – $7.98
Fry’s Trip #2 – $13.16
My husband doesn’t ask for much grocery wise. He wants coffee, green tea, and almond milk, so when I see a cheap price on almond milk ($1.88 this time), I stock up for a few weeks. The V-8 was a freebie.
Sprout’s Trip #1 – $24.40
Basha’s & Sprout’s Trip – $31.28
Trader Joe’s – $78.78
Sprout’s Trip #3 – $4.74
Total for the Week: $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