So a few weeks ago I started putting together my order for Azure Standard, the co-op that I order from monthly. After my allergy appointment I realized I was going to have to start ordering more things from the co-op to be able to avoid the foods that I needed to avoid. Then I started the $100 a month challenge and I realized there is no way my total for groceries this month is going to be under $100. And I was right. With having to basically replace half of the food in my pantry I couldn’t do it for under $100. I looked over my co-op order several times and though, well maybe I’ll just cut some things and order them next time. But it wouldn’t work and with our co-op it’s not always guaranteed that the product will come in each month so it’s good to order it before you need it, just in case. So this post is not just showing you my order, it’s a confession. I couldn’t do the $100 a month budget this month. I needed to stock up on new things and that threw my entire system out of wack. So yes, for this month I failed my own challenge, but I will be back with the program in February.
I’ve learned alot in the past couple weeks about living with food allergies. I always knew I had them but I didn’t know what they were. We did eat healthy before but I was always tempted by those packages of unhealthy snacks that kept creeping into my pantry. Once I learned about my allergies I told the hubby that enough is enough. My body can’t handle the unhealthy stuff anymore. So we literally cleaned out over half of my pantry and got rid of the unhealthy foods. It was hard to watch all that food go to a new home, especially when I’d worked so hard to stock my pantry with foods from sales. But it was and it will be worth it. But for now it takes a little bit of extra to get the pantry going again. Clean, healthy, unprocessed foods cost a little more, but I think they are worth it.
So there is my little speech on why I failed my grocery challenge this month. I think it’s for a good reason. 🙂
And here is what I ordered from the co-op this month:
Oranges 25lbs $10
Apples 3lbs 1.90
Oregon Spice Co. Onion Powder 1lb 3.75
Nancy’s Cottage Cheese 64oz 9.95
Wheat Starch 1lb 5.15
*This is something new we are trying in place of corn starch which I can no longer have.
100% Beef Gelatin 1lb 7.55
Cocoa Powder 5lb. 22.40
MorBread Unbleached Flour 50lbs 23.05
Oregon Spice Company Garlic Powder 1lb 4.85
Cream Cheese 3lbs $7
Total spent: 95.60. And that’s for 97lbs of food! You can learn about Azure and their current sales for January and February HERE.