This post contains affiliate links. Month One of trying to reduce our grocery budget is over, and it wasn’t too rough. In complete honesty, I want to let you know that we did have a stocked deep freezer and two top refrigerator freezers, so we’re starting from a good place. We’ll see how things look at the end of the year. So, here’s my grocery spending goals for 2024: January totals (update 1).
How Much Did We Spend?
For the month of January, we spent $1,212.12. That amount is broken down into the following categories:
- 40 pounds beef CSA: $307
- 1st of 3 payments for our summer CSA: $250
- monthly groceries: $655.12
We didn’t get our beef CSA until the very end of January, so we didn’t use it this month.
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. I’ve started making progress, but I’m definitely not where I want to be when it comes to making foods from scratch to save money. Here’s what’s happened on that front:
Learn to Make Gluten Free Sourdough Bread
Not going to lie, I get a little jealous when I see people easily making all sorts of regular sourdough goodies. Gluten-free sourdough is a different beast. So far I’ve made two loaves of bread, and they were both terrible, though the second one was a little less terrible than the first one.
I’ve been spending a lot of effort making gluten-free sourdough discard recipes because I have so much discard! In a little bit, I’ll devote an entire post to my gluten-free sourdough efforts since some of you asked for that.
Make Homemade Yogurt
My husband eats a bowl of yogurt with fruit every night for his snack. I can’t believe it costs $4 to $6 for a big container, so obviously I wanted to target that as a way to reduce our grocery budget. I bought whole milk (which was weird because I haven’t bought cow’s milk in 13 years since we went dairy free!), and a large container of yogurt. That cost me $9.50, and it made 5 quart jars of yogurt, so it was well worth the effort.
However, the yogurt was really runny, even after sitting on a heating pad for 24 hours, so I need to work on perfecting this recipe.
I’ve been meal prepping every weekend, and it’s helped me keep the grocery bill lower. I plan to continue this practice all year long.
While our grocery bill wasn’t as low as I would have liked this month, I’m happy with the amount because $557 was money we spent for future food we will get. I’m happy with $655.12 for food we ate this month. I’m curious to see how low our grocery bill will be in the summer when our garden is producing and we have the CSA.