Are you sitting down?  If not, you may need to be.  This week, I spent over half of our monthly grocery budget!  No, I wasn’t buying lobster and caviar.  Instead, I bought supplies to make enough freezer meals to carry us through September and October.  (I’m planning on using freezer meals about 3x a week when our schedule is really hectic in the evenings.)  I ended up making 33 freezer meals over Labor Day weekend, and I already had nine freezer meals in there, so now we have 42 freezer meals.

Yep, this week was very expensive grocery wise, but I have a lot of healthy, ready made foods in the freezer.

Oh, and this week, on Labor Day weekend, we took a trip to a local, organic farm and picked some fruits and veggies.  We have enough apples and pears for this week and next week.

Just a Few Facts About Us

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.  I did spend less than $750 last month, and I even had $81 leftover to set aside for our semi-annual beef purchase.

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.

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Here’s what we bought this week:

Trader Joe’s & Sprout’s – $47.65

Sprout’s & Costco – $208.77

Sprout’s – $72.67

Organic farm – $40.45

We bought 32 pounds of organic produce for $40.45.  We’ll definitely be back to this farm in a few weeks!

Sprout’s – $54.87


Trader Joe’s – $38.16

TOTAL $462.57

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