???????????????????????????????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

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Costco Trip #1 – $133.57

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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

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Fry’s Trip #1 – $15.83

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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

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Trader Joe’s – $39.27

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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

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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

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