I’m WAY over budget this month thanks to our bulk beef and pork orders.  I also stocked up on some gluten free oats this week.

In the next few weeks, I’m going to really have to tighten my belt, which should be a little easier now that we have meats in the freezer.

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 April 10th to April 16th:

Sprout’s Trip #1 – $16.84


Sprout’s Trip #2 – $28.86

Sprout’s had GF Old Fashioned Oats for $3.99 a bag.  That’s almost 50% off, so I stocked up.  (I also got a rain check, so I’ll be able to buy more at this low price when we run out.)  We’ll use it to make Breakfast Mueseli.  The cereal was for my mom.


Safeway – $2.99


Whole Foods – $13.96

Since my mom was here, we ended up taking some picnic lunches with us to various destinations, so I bought more expensive “sandwich” foods that I wouldn’t have normally bought.


Fry’s – $22.03


TOTAL this week: $84.68

TOTAL for this 4 week cycle: $716.63

Remaining for this 4 week cycle: $-166.63 (My mom will be here to visit for 2 weeks this grocery cycle, so I am including an extra $50 in this 4 week cycle to accommodate for that.)

Remaining from the 1st 4 week cycle: $8.65
Remaining from the 2nd 4 week cycle: $1.76
Remaining from the 3rd 4 week cycle: -16.40

Total Deficit or Surplus for the Year: $-172.62

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

Week Eleven $40.28

Week Twelve $46.25

Total for Cycle Three: $516.40

Week Thirteen – $271.56

Week Fourteen – $360.39

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