So, thanks to many, many medical bills, our budget is T-I-G-H-T!  Even though we have previously given ourselves $780 – $1,050 for groceries each month, I’m on a mission to not spend more than $750 a month.  My husband is sure that I cannot do it.  I’m up for the challenge.

This month is even more difficult because I want to set aside some of our grocery money this month for the 1/4 side of beef we like to buy 2x a year.  The next opportunity to buy is in October, and I’ll need about $600 for the purchase.

To see the meals we made with these groceries, go here.

Just a Few Facts About Us

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 were intolerant to beans, but I’m gradually reintroducing them to see how our family does.

Here’s what we bought this week:

Costco – $90.20

Whew, on our tight budget, this was a pricey trip.  We were out of both canned salmon and tuna.  My husband likes to make salmon patties for breakfast, and I use the tuna a lot for lunches for the kids.  Together, those two items were $25.98.  I’m continuing to slowly reintroduce beans into my family’s diet.  This trip we bought some hummus, which the kids are really enjoying.

Big Lots – $15

I’m trying to stock our freezer with portable snacks to replace the Nugo bars the kids eat when we’re out of the house for appointments during snack time.  I bought two bags of gluten free flour.  Big Lots’ price on this is the lowest I’ve found anywhere.

Trader Joe’s & Sprout’s – $32.24

For two weeks in a row, we’ve found new gluten free food through Trader Joe’s samples.  This week it was chicken nuggets, and last week it was frozen tacos.  I try not to buy processed foods like these too much, but one night a week, one of the children has an appointment at 5, so we don’t get home until 6:15.  If I don’t have a meal in the slow cooker, it’s nice to just pull out one of these freezer options.  Plus, the kids like to feel like other kids sometimes and have a bit of junk food.

Natural Grocer – $18.32

This trip shows one of my bad shopping habits.  The cheesecake was on sale, $3 off.  I bought it.  We didn’t really need it, but because it was on sale, I bought it to stash in the freezer for a special occasion.  That’s not a bad idea overall, but on our budget this month, I should have just passed it by.  (Not pictured is a one pound bag of walnuts.)

Trader Joe’s & Sprout’s – $46.77

I decided to make a quick little grocery run on Sunday to see if I could get our groceries to stretch all week long and not shop until the weekend.  Hopefully the plan will work.  (Not pictured is a pound of Brussels sprouts.)

Total for the week: $202.53

Total for the month: $358.96


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