This grocery budget is getting T-O-U-G-H!
Because we’ve been eating the same things for breakfast, my egg intolerance has come back. I want to avoid getting any more intolerances back, so I’m going to have to be careful to include a large variety of foods, which is tough on this budget.
My husband would like to up the grocery budget (as would I), but you can’t bleed a turnip, as they say. We’ll see what the next few weeks bring.
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 May 1st to May 7th:
Costco – $38.57
Fry’s Trip – $26.70
We bought some “healthier” chicken hot dogs that were on clearance. We’ll be saving these for summer time grilling or for easy lunches.
Whole Foods – $7.97
Sprout’s Trip #1 – $28.19
POW WOW – $10
Trader Joe’s – $31.30
Sprout’s Trip #2 – $37.38
This trip was expensive because it included all of the things for my Mother’s Day meal–smoked salmon sushi.
I also found sausage on clearance, so I bought that for my husband for his lunches.
TOTAL this week: $180.11
TOTAL for this 4 week cycle: $385.20
Remaining for this 4 week cycle: $114.80
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.)
Week Seventeen – $205.09