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When my mom came, I stopped keeping an eye on our grocery bill, as you can clearly see.  The last few weeks we’ve spent a lot.  

My plan for this 4 week cycle was to spend less to make up for our deficit from buying the beef, but, well, I’m not off to a very good start.  Oops.

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 24th to April 30th:

Costco – $132.59

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Sprout’s Trip #1 – $13.81

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Fry’s – $10.00

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Sprout’s Trip #2 – $3.18

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Trader Joe’s – $45.51

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TOTAL this week: $205.09

TOTAL for this 4 week cycle: $205.09

Remaining for this 4 week cycle: $294.91

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
Remaining from the 4th 4 week cycle: -289.81

Total Deficit or Surplus for the Year: $-295.80

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

Week Fifteen – $84.68

Week Sixteen – $123.81

Total for Cycle Four: $839.81 (My mom stayed with us for two weeks, so we raised the grocery budget to $550 to compensate.)

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