Week 8 of our grocery reports. I started watching some bloggers on YouTube who eat more like we do. One of them suggested finding a local co-op store to find good prices on organics. I found one about 30 minutes from our house and stopped by when we were in the area. I was not impressed. The prices might have been cheaper than those at Whole Foods, but they weren’t cheaper than the organics I can find at Sprout’s and sometimes at Natural Grocers. So, that suggestion won’t work for me.
A reader here left a comment saying we should try a CSA. We used to belong to a CSA in Chicago and loved it, so that reader comment was enough to spur me into action.
We signed up for a 6 week CSA to try it out. The CSA is close to my husband’s work, but parking is a real pain, so I’m not sure if we’ll continue with it or not.
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:
Fry’s – FREE
Fry’s sent me two coupons for free products, and I also had to free Friday downloads, so everything in this picture was free. We can’t eat much of it, so mostly the items are treats for my husband.
CSA – $22
Trader Joe’s, Basha’s & Local Co-op – $46.99
Sprout’s – $98.87
Once again Sprout’s had grass-fed ground beef on sale for $3.97 a pound, so I bought 12 pounds. We were all out of ground beef, so the timing was perfect. I used some for AIP freezer meals for my daughter. Some will just stay in the freezer to be used as needed.
I used Ibotta to get .25 back on the red peppers.
Also, Bookworm has been writing companies complimenting them and asking for coupons. Through his effort, we had 2 $1 coupons for the Daiya cheese. Combined with the sale, we got each bag for $2. I’ll put some in the freezer to use later. (We use it sparingly as a condiment on some dishes.)
Costco – $48.32
Sprout’s, Natural Grocer & Basha’s – $22.30
I snagged a bunch of discounted goods when I was in the area. Coconut milk ice cream for $1.99, gluten free hamburger buns for $2.49, and coconut milk yogurt for $2.60. I also had to pick up more organic Fuji apples for .99 a pound.
Total for the Week: $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
When you shop, do you only buy what you need each week, or do you stock up when you find good bargains?