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.
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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