After having such a big grocery haul last week and making 28 meals for the freezer, I wanted to have a much cheaper grocery trip this week. I do want to stay within budget for the month, even if it is at the top end of our monthly budget ($1,058.30).
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A couple of notes about this grocery haul. One of our daughters has to go on the Paleo AIP diet for 6 to 8 weeks. This diet is very restrictive; it’s meant to help her insides heal from irritable bowel. However, she asked if she could have AIP compliant sweet potato chips, so I bought those for her from Vitacost.
I also had a mini-Paleo AIP freezer cooking session so I could have a few meals ready for my daughter when the rest of the family is eating non-compliant meals.
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.
This is what we bought this week:
Sprout’s Trip #1: $41.19
Gluten free items were 35% off, so I bought some Enjoy Life Cookies, Daiya Cheezecake, and gluten free bread. The kids will eat the cookies over the next month or two, the bread will also be used over the next month (I usually serve a slice toasted when serving a vegetable soup), and the Cheezecake will be for Easter.
I used coupons and Ibotta on this trip to save money. The Enjoy Life cookies were $2.91 a box on sale. I had a coupon for $1.50 off 2 boxes, and Ibotta offered $2 off one box, so after savings, I got each box for $1.16. I also got 50 cents off bananas with Ibotta. Then, the organic eggs were $5.29 a dozen (!!!), but I had a $2 coupon, and Ibotta offered $1.25 off, so I got the eggs for $2.04 a dozen.
Vitacost Order: $51.86
Vitacost was offering 20% off, so I saved $12.97 on my order. (If you want to try out Vitacost, use my link to get $10 off. Any order over $50 ships for free. I got mine the day after I placed my order!)
Sprout’s Trip #2, Costco, & Fry’s: $39.24
Total for the Week: $132.29
Week 3 Total: $684.53
Week 2 Total: $115.50
Week 1 Total: $52.05
January Total: $984.37
If I want to stay in budget, I can’t spend any more than $73.93 next week, which should be fine because we’ll just need fresh fruits and veggies.
What is your weekly grocery budget? Do you have any special dietary restrictions?