Grocery Report, January 1-10, 2018

I knew that sticking to budget in January would be tough because I wanted to have a massive freezer cooking session when my mom was visiting, and I also needed to stock up on some things like some meat and organic blueberries.

However, I about fell out of my chair when I added up how much I spent in January for the first 10 days!  I spent almost 80% of our monthly grocery budget.  GULP!

The good news is that I now have 26 meals in the freezer, and both of our deep freezers are packed.  I have $152.70 left for the month.  Things will be tight, but I do think they’re doable.

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 2018 is to spend on average $750 per month (or less) on groceries.

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Here’s what we bought the first 10 days of January:

Costco & Sprouts – $304.80

This trip was especially pricey because it included almost everything I needed for freezer cooking.  The meals that I made will last us through January and into February.  Plus we were out of some staples like rice milk.

Trader Joe’s – $52.20

More stuff we needed for freezer cooking like the jars of salsa, and then just regular, weekly groceries.

Sprouts & Fry’s – $46.23

Missing from the picture is one package of discounted chicken sausage.  The fruit/chia cups were a Friday free download.

Fry’s – $8.88

There were some fun deals here.  Fry’s sent me some loyal customer coupons including $1.00 off 2 yogurts.  I got the yogurts on clearance for .59 each, so after the coupon, they were .09 each!  They also sent me a coupon for a free box of cereal and $1 off the sausage.

Sprouts and Natural Grocers – $21.43

Not pictured is two dozen eggs and one bunch of bananas.

Azure Standard – $72.64

Azure Standard is my go-to place for spices and herbs.  For instance, the bulk package of 4 oz. of Italian seasoning is $3.28.  I also bought organic blueberries for the first time in a year because they’re so pricey.

U.S. Wellness Meats – $91.12

I’m still really hoping that we’ll be able to get 1/4 side of beef in March, but until then, we got an order of U.S. Wellness Meats to tide us over.


TOTAL for January so far: $597.30


  1. If you have an Aldi store nearby, check them out. They have a good range of organic selections and I save a lot of $$ buying staples there.

    • Unfortunately, we don’t have an Aldi or any other type of discount grocer around us. 🙁 If we did, I would definitely shop there!

  2. Hi Melissa! I was so excited to find your blog because my family has the same food standard due to health issues problem too. Also, I am always feeling so guilty about spending the money we do on food, but as we heal, it is clear this kind of diet is essential for us right now. I wanted to pass along a tip that saves me money. I noticed you have a lot of canned beans. I switched to dried nonorganic because the amount of residual toxins are pretty low. However, canned can be convenient, so no judging here. But what I do is slow cook them in a small crock at two/three batches at a time when I need some. I freeze what I don’t use and then have them ready for the next time. I totally get if the tip isn’t for you, but I thought I would share because it helped us. Keep up the blogging! This mom depends on it to not feel like a budget failure:)

    • I often use dry beans, but for freezer cooking, I wanted the simplicity of canned. I LOVE your tip. Before you cook the beans in the slow cooker, do you soak them overnight first? Do you put anything else with the beans in the slow cooker? Water? How long do you cook them in the slow cooker and on hi or low? I love this tip and think it will save a lot of time! Thanks.

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