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).

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

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

A flat loaf of 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.

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

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.

Meal Prep

Sausage, Potatoes and Vegetable Meal Prep and Pork Patties

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.

Final Thoughts

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.

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