Our pork share is now completely paid for except the $20 I have to pay upon pick up. It was delayed by a few weeks, but hopefully we should get it by mid-March. I’m so excited to have the freezer stocked with good quality meat again!
Speaking of good quality meat, a group that I belong to orders grass fed beef from a local farmer twice a year–April and October. They can only give estimated totals before the beef is processed. The estimate for 1/4 side of beef? Oh, somewhere in the range of $425 to $725. Definitely NOT in the budget!
Rather than give up, I asked if someone in the group would split a 1/4 with me. I easily found someone, and our beef should be coming in mid-April. After we get the beef and pork, I *think* this grocery challenge should get easier.
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 February 27th to March 5th:
We were out of a lot of groceries after the last grocery cycle, so I stopped by the store more frequently than I would have liked this week. I also learned that even when something is a good deal, we shouldn’t necessarily buy it. We’re out of Beanitos, so when Sprout’s had chips on sale buy one get one free, I bought those thinking they’d tide us over until we could afford Beanitos again. Wrong! All of us are chip monsters, and they were consumed within a week. I’ll not make that mistake again. 🙂
Sprout’s – $13.31
Costco Trip #1 – $133.57
I do miss the days when I could go to Costco and stock up for the month. Now, I have to carefully choose what to buy based on what we need most. If I bought what was on our list, I could easily spend $250 to $300.
Costco Trip #2 – $48.46
Fry’s Trip #1 – $15.83
Rather than buying my husband coffee at Costco, I tried my hand at couponing. Using Fry’s coupons and manufacturer coupons combined with sales, I was able to get the Seattle’s Best Coffee for $2.49, which I was happy with. Now, if I could learn to do that more often!
Fry’s also had a good sale on organic apples and cantaloupe, so I bought some at the beginning of the sale’s week and at the end to carry us through the next week.
Fry’s Trip #2 – $7.81
Trader Joe’s – $39.27
Pork Share – $55.00
This was our last deposit on our pork share. We should be getting the meat mid-March. Yeah!
POW WOW – $10
TOTAL this week: $323.25
TOTAL for this 4 week cycle so far: $323.25
Remaining for this 4 week cycle: $176.75
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