My grocery budget is $330 each month for a family of four – two adults and two kids. My real food budget includes food, household items and toiletries. Today marks the end of the month and you can read the halfway point here.
It must seem like we did a budget accountability post just the other day… we did. You’re not having deja vu. 🙂 Regular bi-weekly check-ins are slightly off this month, but they’ll be back to every other Friday in two weeks.
Unfortunately, I don’t have a single picture of this trip. Oddly enough, I had the same though each time I came home: This trip was small. I can skip the picture. Besides, I’ve got to hurry up and get cooking. They won’t miss just one trip picture.
I’ll do better next month – promise!!
Walmart – $15.80
bell pepper x2, .88 (PM)
avocado x2, 1.38 (PM)
broccoli crown x2, 1.51
cilantro x2, .66
mango x9, 2.97 (PM)
monterey jack cheese 16oz, 3.98
salsa verde, 1.98
taco seasoning, .46
tortilla chips, 1.98
We invited my parents over for tacos last weekend and this was a trip to supplement what our fridge didn’t have. If we were smart about it, we would have made something different… but there’s no arguing a craving for homemade tacos. We pulled out all the stops: Made a roasted tomato salsa (this recipe, but roasted all the veggies first and then blended), mango salsa, homemade corn tortillas, served salsa verde, and coconut rice. YUM!
Mango’s are super cheap right now – only 33¢ each. I’ve been price matching (PM) local stores and getting as many as I can. Walmart seems to cut me off at 9 per trip, so I’ll just go more often. 😉
Savemart – $23.50
frozen corn, 1.29
limes x6, 1.98
guacamole seasoning packet, .50
chicken thighs, 7.75
shrimp 2lb, 11.98
More to add to our taco night. Corn for southwestern corn, limes to squeeze on top of tacos and fresh guacamole. We served both chicken and shrimp for the ultimate taco night. 🙂
I just want to point out that this chicken was NOT organic. While we buy organic for our family, we buy conventional chicken when we’re hosting company or for potluck meals. This is one way we help keep expenses down while still serving and fellowshiping with others.
Grocery Outlet – $11.97
grapes 2lb, 2.99
frozen peaches 2lb, 2.49
mini acorn squash x4, 2
coconut oil, 4.49
We’ve been experimenting with new smoothie flavors and that is primarily what this trip was for. Neither the grapes nor peaches were organic, although they should have been, but this round of flavor testing wasn’t planned (otherwise I would have saved some peaches from this big loot).
I was completely out of coconut oil and although I prefer to order from Tropical Traditions, I knew it wouldn’t be delivered in time. My back-up is Trader Joe’s, but I wasn’t going to make the trip just for one jar. In hindsight, I wish I had. This brand of coconut oil is not good. It’s dark, tastes nothing like coconut and doesn’t even smell good. Blech. I’m hoping Tropical Traditions offers BOGO on their gallons soon!!
Walmart – $8
butternut squash, 5.03
mango x9, 2.97 (PM)
Squash was for smoothies (not too shabby!) and more mangoes. My son LOVES mangoes. He can sit and eat a whole one without a problem at all. I would have gotten more to freeze, but I thought I was cutting it close with my budget, so I held back.
Asian Market – $5.20
cucumbers x4, 2
bananas 16lbs, 3.20
I went to this local market to see if they had any inexpensive, clean fifteen produce (they didn’t), but I did find an entire box of marked down bananas for only 19¢ per pound! I took 16 pounds of the best of the box plus four cucumbers for smoothies. Believe it or not, we’ve eaten all 16 pounds in 9 days!
Savemart – $9.37
organic whole milk, 6.38
fresh basil, 2.99
Side note… we’ve been making this same pizza sauce for nearly five years now and nearly two years on this blog… but I don’t think I’ve ever shared the exact recipe. Does anyone want it?
And I really need to find a more affordable source for basil. That, or stock up a bit when it’s on sale.
Whole Foods – $13.61
greek yogurt x2, 2.58
pita chips, 1.99
I originally went to Whole Foods to do some research on dried coconut. While there, I remembered that it was Greek night and I didn’t have everything I needed.
Yes, I paid for hummus when I have chickpeas at home.
Yes, I paid for yogurt when I know how to make my own.
Do I plan on doing it again? I hope not. I know it takes precious time to make both from scratch, but saving those $6.50 is worth it in my book. I just need to plan ahead a bit better!
Savemart – $12.77
I don’t have a receipt for this trip since Mr. Crumbs took the kids and left me with some quiet time. I know there was a couple tomatoes, a head of lettuce, a package of rolls and a big block of Monterey Jack cheese. I give him credit – he didn’t veer from the list!
January Month End Total – $339.86
We’re over by $9.86. Given the lack of a meal plan this month (we did a semi-smoothie fast instead), that’s not too bad!
Lessons Learned: The little stuff adds up. And bites me in the tush come the end of the month. For February, I need to really plan better with what I have, what’s on sale and what I can make from scratch. Price matching is really helping out though, so I’ll continue with that trend for Clean 15 foods and pantry staples when I can.