Grocery Report, January 18-31, 2018

I learned some lessons this month that will hopefully help me lower my grocery bill in the future.  The most important lesson–don’t make a ton of freezer meals in one month.  I like to knock out a huge freezer cooking session and then have two or three months where I don’t have to worry about freezer cooking.  While this is a great idea on the time front, on the budget front, it’s not such a good idea.

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 last week:

Um, so this is rather embarrassing, but a perfect storm hit my home.  Cuddle Bug has developed quite a passion for photography, and one day she went around taking pictures of our cats.  And then she deleted all of the pictures of the cats that she didn’t like. . .and, um, many more pictures, including my grocery pictures.

As if that’s not bad enough, my husband cleaned up for me, which I appreciate, but he also threw away all of my grocery receipts that I was saving for this post.  Luckily, I had already inputed them in our budget software, so I know how much we spent for the month, but I don’t have any details except these, that I put in the post before our perfect storm.

Life, it happens!

Sprout’s & Trader Joe’s – $42.70

Nut Thins were on sale, buy one, get two free, so I bought six boxes.  I’ll use these as a snack for the kids with lunch meat.  I only found one type that didn’t have milk in them, so I was happy to have this option.  The Nut Thins on sale worked out to $1.16 a box.

And, that’s all I have to share, folks!

TOTAL for the last two weeks$191.36

TOTAL for January: $812.92

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