May and June were crazy months, so my grocery reports just didn’t posted. After awhile, I didn’t even have the time (or energy) to keep track of them myself.
But, hey, July 1 is the start of a new fiscal year, so I’m going to try to get back on the wagon with tracking my grocery expenses.
Since it’s the beginning of the month, as usual, I spent a significant amount of money. However, I have about 8 meals in the freezer now, and I do have groceries for a few more meals I can make after this week.
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 over the last week:
Sprout’s – $69.99
Costco – $112.79
Trader Joe’s & Walmart – $66.66
Random Small Stops – $48.15
I don’t have pictures for these, but most of the items were for food for our 4th of July celebration like gluten free hamburger buns, lettuce, date and coconut balls, sweet potato chips, etc.
Total for the Week: $297.59