This is the month. The month to get our average monthly budget BELOW the highest limit we allow. I did pretty good this week, so now I have to keep it up for the rest of the month.
My foot is getting better, so I’m doing about half of the grocery shopping now, and my husband is doing the other half. I know we’ll both be glad when I can take over all of the grocery shopping again.
Details of Our Grocery Reports
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.
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This is what we bought this week:
Vitacost & Natural Grocers – $42.17
Fry’s – $9.76
Costco & Basha’s – $31.95
Fry’s Trip #2 – $1.00
I paid $1.00 for the peas. The rest of the items were Freebie Friday items.
Trader Joe’s, Sprout’s Basha’s & Natural Grocers – $53.49
Total for this Week: $138.37
March Total (Including this week): $1078.55
Week 12 Total: $268
Week 11 Total: $182.34
Week 10 Total: $437.61
February Total: $1,068.39
Week 9 Total: $281.39
Week 8 Total: $238.48
Week 7 Total: $235.91
Week 6 Total: $312.61
January Total: $1,060.06
Week 5 Total: $75.69
Week 4 Total: $132.29
Week 3 Total: $684.53
Week 2 Total: $115.50
Week 1 Total: $52.05