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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

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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.

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Safeway – $2.99

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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.

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Fry’s – $22.03

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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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