Grocery Report, July 13, 2017

We decided to cut our grocery budget, but we didn’t make that decision until I had completed most of our shopping for the week.  I’ll do what I can over the next two weeks to not spend as much, but it’s tough changing the grocery budget mid-month.  It may take affect at the new amount next month.

By the way, do any of you have growing teen boys who eat you out of house and home?  If so, what do you feed them?  We’re gluten and dairy free, so I’m having trouble finding filler foods that won’t break the budget but that will fill him up.  Any suggestions?

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 over the last week:

U.S. Wellness Meats – $145.54

U.S. Wellness Meats was running their 15% off special, so I stocked up on some meats.  I shouldn’t need to order again until next month.  This time I ordered some pulled pork, which we’ve never had before.  Curious how that one will taste!

Vitacost – $37.78

Vitacost had a great deal on Jackson’s Honest Sweet Potato Chips, which are the only kind of chips I eat now.  So, of course, I had to stock up.   (I try to stock up on favorites whenever Vitacost has a special sale or a 20% off sale.)

Basha’s, Costco, & Sprout’s – $100.71

Sprout’s – $27.14

I bought some of the grass fed beef that was on sale for $3.99 a pound.  I bought about 4.5 pounds.  I also bought some organic tomatoes on the vine and a container of date/coconut balls.

Sprout’s Trip #2 – $5.49

This trip cost $39.62, but I returned $34.13 of supplements I got when I had pneumonia but didn’t actually use, so I’m just counting the actual out of pocket expense of the groceries minus the returns.

Total for this Week: $316.66

TOTAL FOR JULY: $614.25

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