Grocery Report, October 12 – 25, 2017

I continue to try to find a way to eat the way we’d like for our health, stock up when prices are low, and not go over budget.  So far, I’ve not been that successful.  🙂  I don’t know if that means that $750 a month is unrealistic for our family, or if it’s just that I haven’t worked hard enough to save.  (I’m assuming right now that it’s the latter.)  For November, I’ve come up with a plan of attack, so I hope the groceries will be in budget.

What are your strategies for saving on groceries?  I’d love to know!

Just a Few Facts About Us

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.  Our goal for the last few months of the year is to spend on average $750 per month on groceries.

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Here’s what we bought over the last two weeks:

Costco- $76.77

U.S. Wellness Meats – $86.67

I do not yet have a good source for pasture raised pork, so I placed a U.S. Wellness Meats order.  Hopefully this will last 4 to 6 weeks.

Sprout’s Trip #1 – $9.07

Sprout’s had coconut sugar 40% off plus I found a coupon for $1.00 off, so I bought two bags.  We use this instead of white sugar, and I’ll need it for the holidays and for making cookies for the girls American Heritage Girls cookie drive.

Trader Joe’s – $26.41 (9779)

As I’ve mentioned often, my husband is pretty easy going when it comes to food.  He has a few limited requests, namely almond milk to go in his coffee each morning and plenty of fresh veggies and fruit.  However, over the last few years, his cholesterol has stayed a bit high.  The doctor thinks it’s just genetic, but my husband has been getting up early to exercise every morning, and he’s requested more fish.  I bought white fish last week at Costco, and this week I bought salmon that we’ll eat.

Sprout’s Trip #2 – $14.69 (9786)

Natural Grocers – $15.15 (9782)

I had to stop by for more bacon to stock the freezer.  Yum!

Fry’s & Sprout’s – $34.69 (9795)

We’re dairy free, but my husband can still eat some yogurt, so I snatched the organic, discounted yogurt for him.  The M & M’s were a free download and are also for my husband.

Trader Joe’s & Natural Grocers – $41.44 (9807)

Sprout’s & Natural Grocers – $40.43 (9817)

I found gluten free, brown rice noodles for .99 a 12 oz. bag on clearance, so I bought several to stock up.  The gluten free bread was less than $4 a loaf, and the free range, pastured eggs were on sale for $1.99 a carton.

Fry’s, Basha’s, Sprout’s & Costco – $174.61 (9821)

My big find here was Kind bars for .99 a box!  In a few weeks, we’ll be tagging along when my husband goes to Flagstaff, Arizona for work, so I wanted to find foods that are easy to eat in the hotel.  I think these bars will be great as part of our breakfasts and for snacks in the car.

TOTAL: $519.93

Total for October so far: $974.54

TOTAL for September: $1,022.29

Total for August: $668.85

Average for 2 months:  $845.57

Comments

  1. binabugged says:

    Well, I live in Canada so the only store I recognized was Costco, and because it requires a membership I don’t go there (We bought a yr one once and found it did not pay for itself as we don’t live in the city and its in an area with nothing else around it) I think you’d have better luck with farmers markets, they sell everything from meat to fruits and veggies. We also have tons of Hutterite colonies here and they have the best chickens ever (fat hens!!) Or eggs…even my co-worker has chickens on her land and she sells her eggs to us on a reg basis. Maybe look for a facebook group in your area? Right now I’m surprised at how many people are still pulling things out of their gardens and I’m personally hoping to learn how to make saur kraut as I have access to a lot of free shredded cabbage from work.

    • Thanks for the tips. We had great luck with the farmer’s markets in Chicago, but here, not so much. We did find one that offered a good value, but they narrowed their farm to just focus on lettuce for restaurants and quit their CSA program.

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