I worked really hard in March to be under budget, and for quite awhile I was.  Then, all three of my kids got sick the last week of the month, and they all wanted different things.  Bookworm just wanted to eat applesauce; Cuddle Bug just wanted grilled cheese and tuna sandwiches (not together, but separately!) and PB & J girl wanted fruit and bread.  After a week of buying those items over and over again while the food I had bought for our meals for the week sat there, I was no longer under budget.

But, the good news is that thanks to keeping the grocery bill low all month, I didn’t go over budget when they got sick.  So, that’s still a victory in my book!

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 last week:

Trader Joe’s, Sprouts, & Basha’s – $94

Trader Joe’s, Sprouts, & Basha’s – $58.48

Vitacost – $43.75

I wasn’t planning on placing a Vitacost order this month, but they had a 20% off sale, and I was getting low on some of our gluten free basics, so I decided to buy them this month.

Basha’s, Sprouts & Trader Joe’s – $29

Sprout’s – $6.00

Trader Joe’s – $18.44

Sprout’s – $39

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TOTAL for this week$288.67

TOTAL for March: $747.03

TOTAL for February: $706.87

TOTAL for January: $812.92

Average monthly 2018 TOTAL: $755.60