This post contains affiliate links.  Month Two of trying to reduce our grocery budget is over, and it hasn’t been bad. Plus, we’ve made 2/3rds of our payments for our summer CSA, so we won’t have to pay for any of our vegetables for 20 weeks starting in June. Sweet! Here’s my grocery spending goals for 2024: February totals (update 2).

milk, yogurt, eggs, tofu, bananas,and tomatoes

How Much Did We Spend?

For the month of February, we spent $1,010.85.  That amount is broken down into the following categories:

  • 2nd of 3 payments for our summer CSA: $250
  • monthly groceries: $760.85

How Much Have We Spent in 2024:

  • In February, we spent $1,010.85
  • In January, we spent $1,212.12

For the year so far, we’ve spent $2,222.97, or an average of $1,111.48 a month. My goal for 2024 is $1,175 a month, so we’re slightly under budget so far.

Steps We’ve Taken to Reduce Our Grocery Bill

When I set our grocery spending goals for 2024, we decided I would do some activities to reduce our costs.  My two big goals for the year were learning how to make yogurt (again because I used to make it years ago) and homemade gluten free sourdough bread. Here’s what’s happened on that front:

Make Homemade Yogurt

Homemade yogurt in quart jars

I’ve rocked the goal of making homemade yogurt for my husband. I used to spend about $24 to $26 a month for his yogurt. Now, I’m spending $8 a month. Plus, in February I used the starter I needed from the tub of yogurt I bought and froze the rest in cubes, so I won’t need to buy starter for awhile. That means next month our cost for yogurt for the month will be about $5. Sweet!

My adventures in bread making have been a different story!

Learn to Make Gluten Free Sourdough Bread

A flat loaf of gluten-free sourdough bread

Okay, even though I see people successfully  make gluten free sourdough, I failed miserably. In fact, my family begged me to stop my experiment. That’s how much they disliked the bread!

The discard does make good pancakes and pizza dough, so I will always keep some gluten free starter in my refrigerator, but for now, I’m officially giving up making gluten free sourdough bread. My family is so grateful, lol.

Homemade Pizza with Mushrooms and Pepperoni
Gluten-Free Sourdough Discard Pizza

Meal Prep


10 meal prep containers frull of meals

This year, meal prepping has been vital to keep the grocery bill lower, save time, and eat healthier. I plan to continue this practice all year long.

Final Thoughts

I am happy that we’ve been under budget on average, even with paying for the CSA. I’m curious to see if we can reduce the grocery budget significantly once the summer CSA starts.

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