I knew that sticking to budget in January would be tough because I wanted to have a massive freezer cooking session when my mom was visiting, and I also needed to stock up on some things like some meat and organic blueberries.

However, I about fell out of my chair when I added up how much I spent in January for the first 10 days!  I spent almost 80% of our monthly grocery budget.  GULP!

The good news is that I now have 26 meals in the freezer, and both of our deep freezers are packed.  I have $152.70 left for the month.  Things will be tight, but I do think they’re doable.

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.  Our goal for 2018 is to spend on average $750 per month (or less) on groceries.

This post contains affiliate links.

Here’s what we bought the first 10 days of January:

Costco & Sprouts – $304.80

This trip was especially pricey because it included almost everything I needed for freezer cooking.  The meals that I made will last us through January and into February.  Plus we were out of some staples like rice milk.

Trader Joe’s – $52.20

More stuff we needed for freezer cooking like the jars of salsa, and then just regular, weekly groceries.

Sprouts & Fry’s – $46.23

Missing from the picture is one package of discounted chicken sausage.  The fruit/chia cups were a Friday free download.

Fry’s – $8.88

There were some fun deals here.  Fry’s sent me some loyal customer coupons including $1.00 off 2 yogurts.  I got the yogurts on clearance for .59 each, so after the coupon, they were .09 each!  They also sent me a coupon for a free box of cereal and $1 off the sausage.

Sprouts and Natural Grocers – $21.43

Not pictured is two dozen eggs and one bunch of bananas.

Azure Standard – $72.64

Azure Standard is my go-to place for spices and herbs.  For instance, the bulk package of 4 oz. of Italian seasoning is $3.28.  I also bought organic blueberries for the first time in a year because they’re so pricey.

U.S. Wellness Meats – $91.12

I’m still really hoping that we’ll be able to get 1/4 side of beef in March, but until then, we got an order of U.S. Wellness Meats to tide us over.


TOTAL for January so far: $597.30

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...