This year, I’m aiming to spend $6,500 total for food for my family. That amount includes groceries only, NOT toiletries. We rarely eat out, so the food I buy to prepare at home is what we eat.
Since my husband is paid bi-monthly, the goal is to spend no more than $500 every 4 weeks. (I don’t calculate the amount spent on a monthly basis but on an every 4 week cycle.)
We try to eat organic veggies and fruit as much as possible, and we try to buy meat that is grass-fed and organic. We have multiple food intolerances, with the biggies being gluten, corn, and dairy.
Here’s what we bought from March 13th to March 19th:
Sprout’s Trip #1 – $4.01
Costco – $25.96
I stopped in to buy just a few things to tide us over until our next big shopping trip. I think they’ve reduced the price on some items like the organic carrots and spinach. They were at a lower price than I ever remember buying them before ($4.49 and $3.69 respectively).
Basha’s – $2.63
I came in for oranges at .39 a pound only to find out that was just a 72 hour sale. Bummer! I still got a few things we needed, though.
Sprout’s Trip #2 – 7.68
I couldn’t resist and had to buy a little more cabbage and broccoli before the weekly sale was over.
TOTAL this week: $40.28
TOTAL for this 4 week cycle so far: $470.15
Remaining for this 4 week cycle: $29.85
Remaining from the 1st 4 week cycle: $8.65
Remaining from the 2nd 4 week cycle: $1.76
A Recap of This Series:
Week One $241.72
Week Two $185.88
Week Three $59.80
Week Four $28.95
TOTAL for Cycle One: $516.35 (My mom stayed with us for a week, so we raised the grocery budget to $525 to compensate.)
Week Five $378.48
Week Six $57.47
Week Seven $53.80
Week Eight $8.49
TOTAL for Cycle Two: $498.24
Week Nine $323.25
Week Ten $106.62