One of my goals this year is to lower my grocery bill and be more cognizant of my spending.  I spent a lot of my Christmas break watching YouTube videos of bloggers who have an uber frugal grocery bill each month.

Let me be clear–that’s not what you’ll find here.

Our family of 5 chooses to eat mostly organic produce and grass-fed and pasture-raised meats.  I’m Paleo, my daughter is semi-Paleo, and the rest of us are gluten free.  Everyone except my husband is dairy free.  We also don’t eat beans because we’re currently intolerant to them.

My husband and I set a goal to keep our monthly grocery budget in between the USDA Thrifty and Low Cost Plan.  That is currently $784.70 for the thrifty plan to $1,058.30 for the low cost plan.

Even though our monthly grocery expense is our highest expense after our house payment, I’m choosing to share it here for two reasons.

First, I’ve scoured the internet for grocery reports from people who follow a Paleo diet or a specialty diet due to food allergies and intolerances, and no one seems to be sharing.  I’d love to know what others on particular diets buy and spend when it comes to their groceries.

Second, I want to hold myself accountable so that we don’t go over our budget.  Plus, I want to find new places to buy my groceries that will help reduce our overall cost while still letting us buy the best food for our bodies.

This is what we bought this week:

Trader Joe’s & Sprout’s Trip

Our total for the groceries here was $52.05.

Just a few notes.  We have a full deep freezer, so there wasn’t much we needed.

We don’t normally buy juice, but we will for the next few months because my daughter has to take some powder medicine, and the only way she can get it down is with juice.

In addition, the coffee was on sale for $3.99 a bag, so we stocked up a bit to last my husband for awhile.  (He’s a coffee fiend!)

The ice cream, which is normally $4+ and out of my price range, was on clearance for $1.99, so I’m storing it away for a special treat.

Week 1 Total:  $52.05

What is your weekly grocery budget?  Do you have any special dietary restrictions?

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