Another month has ended for us (my “food month” resets each time we put in a co-op order) and below are the things we purchased. We budget $225 each month for food and that’s for 3 of us.
Azure Standard – $135.59
Orange Juice (x2), Vegenaise, Raw Goat’s Milk Cheddar 1lb, Newman’s Hont O Mint Cookies, Sliced Turkey Breast, Frozen Sweet Potatoes (3 bags), Frozen Peas (3 bags), Tomatoes, Kettle Tias CHips, Peach Nectar (for making Fruit Gelatin!), 9lb Cream Cheese, Whole Milk Yogurt (x2), Goat’s Milk Yogurt, Unsulfered Dried Apricots (does anyone else know a good source for unsulfured dried fruits?), Romaine Hearts, Jovial Foods Rice Pasta, Fresh Celery, Applegate Hot Dogs (x2), Plum Organics Sweet Potato Pouches (8 pack) (love these pouches for the diaper bag!).
Safeway – $10
2 Loaves of bread, 2 containers of Sour Cream. *GASP* Did I seriously buy bread this month? Yes, yes I did. Here’s why. Me and our little boy are both gluten free but my hubby likes to take sandwiches to work. So yes, to make things simple I buy the bread with the least amount of ingredients I can find so he can take sandwiches. I’m not perfect. It’s really really hard to smell fresh bread when you aren’t allowed to eat it 🙁
Raw Goat’s Milk – $12
This was for 2 gallons of milk for my supposedly dairy-allergic boy. He does excellent with this goat’s milk so I guess the doctor was wrong!
Azure Standard – $20
20lbs Fuji Apples. This was part of my order above but these deserved their own picture. Last month I bought 6 pounds of these and they were SO good I wanted a whole box this time!
Something I wanted to mention was a few months ago I purchased some grass-fed organic butter from Tropical Traditions with some credits I had with them. If you are looking for a grass fed or organic butter I want to highly recommend this. We are LOVING it! It’s a very rich yellow color which means it came from some very healthy cows. It’s got some excellent flavor too!
We did great this month! Even for buying a few more of what I would consider “convenience foods”. Moving into a much smaller home has us changing a few things with our eating habits to make them even simpler.
We don’t buy meat throughout the month, we purchase it once a year. Beef is purchased in 100lb or 150lb bulk buy and is grass fed, chicken is purchased through Zaycon (and some through local Hutterite Colonies). The money for those purchases comes from a different fund figured out by our Budgeting Chart.
We realize our eating and shopping habits are not typical so feel free to ask questions in the comments section! If you’d like to learn more about Buying in Bulk make sure to check out all the resources we have posted.
ANNOUNCEMENT!! (You made it to the end of the post, yay!)
Since I’ve had so many requests on how we actually eat off of these shopping trips I’ve decided to undertake a huge new task. Introducing….
These meal plans will be based on a monthly schedule they will be based on exactly what we eat during the month on our own budget plan AND they will include a full shopping list that can be easily adapted for any size family. I’m still getting everything finished up on these but I will have more info for you and they will be available for downloading (hopefully) by the end of this week!