This post contains affiliate links.  My cousin’s daughter came to visit for a week when the girls had prom, so we splurged and bought a Green Chef box. I thought I would derail our May grocery budget, but surprisingly, it did not. Here’s our grocery spending totals for May 2024:

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

How Much Did We Spend?

For the month of May we spent $842.20. One of our splurges was a Green Chef box. Here are the details:

That amount is broken down into the following categories:

  • Green Chef box: $225.81
  • monthly groceries: $616.39

How Much Have We Spent in 2024:

  • In May, we spent $842.20
  • In April, we spent $939.30
  • 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 $6,429.50, or an average of $1,285.90 a month. My goal for 2024 is $1,175 a month, so we’re overbudget, but I’m done paying for the CSA. My husband’s garden is now producing green onions, radishes, and Japanese greens. Lettuce, tomatoes, and beets are in the works, but we’ll have to wait a bit for those. Hopefully our CSA will begin in mid-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

I’ll be honest, meal prepping has gone out the window because, ironically, I don’t have time to meal prep, which would save me time. Hopefully this summer.

Final Thoughts

I’m hoping that by June, we can lowe our grocery bill significantly as we get our CSA and garden produce. That will help us get our monthly budget back to the target goal of $1,175 a month.

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