I was planning on having a pantry challenge in March, but those plans have been temporarily derailed.  I found out that I need to have foot surgery (more on that in next Tuesday’s post).  So, instead of having a pantry challenge, in the first week of March I’ll be buying ingredients to make a month’s worth of freezer meals for lunches and dinners while I recuperate.

This report is the last one of February, and we went over a tad ($10.09).  Last month we also went over by just a few dollars, so even though I need to buy a lot of food for freezer cooking in March, I’ll need to make sure I’m about $20 under so I can keep my average for the year within budget.

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:

Sprout’s – $72.21

We’re planning on buying another 1/4 side of beef, but that won’t come in until late April.  So, I decided to go back to Sprout’s and buy a little more ground beef to hopefully stretch through until April.  We’ll see if that actually happens.  We don’t normally buy lunch meat, but we had two days in a row where we were attending events out of town, so we had to have easy food to pack.  At least it’s cheaper than going to a restaurant two days in a row!

CSA – $22

 

Natural Grocers & Vitacost – $38.86

Fry’s – $15.96

One 5 lb. bag of carrots is missing from this picture.  Oops!

Costco – $100.81

’twas the day before Ash Wednesday, and I realized I didn’t have fish in the house for Ash Wednesday and the upcoming Friday of Lent.  I went to Costco to stock up on fish.

Sprout’s & Natural Grocer – $31.55

This was a sweet trip.  I found many discounted items, and thanks to Bookworm contacting companies we love and receiving coupons in return, we were able to get both loaves of bread and the dairy free butter for free!  (That saved us $24.07!!)

February Total: $1,068.39

Total for the Week: $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

When you shop, do you only buy what you need each week, or do you stock up when you find good bargains?

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