This post contains affiliate links.  Um, about March groceries. . .Let’s just say that the CSA cannot start soon enough because March was WAY over budget. WAY over budget. Here are all the painful details:

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

How Much Did We Spend?

For the month of March we spent (wait for it. . .) $2425.03!!! One of the biggest reasons we went SO overbudget is because we went to Chicago. That meant we were near a Costco, where we spent $107.50 (the closest Costco to us is 1.5 hours away), and we were near a Japanese store where we could stock up on Japanese food. We spent $272.18. So adding those expenses in, here are the details:

That amount is broken down into the following categories:

  • 3rd of 3 payments for our summer CSA: $250
  • 2nd installment of our beef subscription: $510
  • ButcherBox (we bought chicken and pork here): $304.60
  • monthly groceries: $1360.43

How Much Have We Spent in 2024:

  • In March, we spent $2,425.03
  • In February, we spent $1,010.85
  • In January, we spent $1,212.12

For the year so far, we’ve spent $4,648, or an average of $1,549.33 a month. My goal for 2024 is $1,175 a month, so we’re overbudget, but I’m done paying for the CSA. Hopefully, we’ll start getting some produce out of garden in the next 6 to 8 weeks, and then the CSA will begin in late May or early June. The plan is for our expenses to drop dramatically then.

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

I gave up! We did try regular sourdough because the kids seemed to be able to tolerate that, and it turned out great. However, shortly after, one of my daughters decided to go gluten and dairy free again because she feels better that way. So, homemade sourdough is on the backburner, perhaps forever. I still have the starter in the refrigerator (both the regular and gluten free versions), but I have no plans to use them right now.

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

March was an expensive month, but hopefully I can still even out our spending, especially once the fresh produce starts rolling in.

Read More

My Grocery Spending Goal for 2024

My Grocery Spending Goals for 2024: January Totals (Update 1)

My Grocery Spending Goals for 2024: February Totals (Update 2)

Meal Prep & Menu Plan for January 16, 2024

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