We made it through another month! Seems like we stayed out of the grocery store a little more this month and stuck with eating from the freezer. We have a lot we are trying to eat up before spring comes! So most of what we bought this month was fresh produce to supplement the foods we had on hand. We currently budget $225 per month for food and that is for 3 of us. Here’s what I bought.
Bountiful Baskets: $25
I ordered an organic basket from Bountiful Baskets and we weren’t very impressed with it. The bag on the top looked like a lot but really was only some carrots and a bit of chard. We also had a few oranges, some tomatoes, 2 bell peppers, a few avocados, some garlic, 3lbs of apples, and some overly ripe mangoes that I ended up tossing. This was the first time I’d ordered a basket in a while and I won’t be ordering again unless we are desperate, organic produce at Safeway is much cheaper.
Sam’s Club: $41
5lb Sour Cream, Organic Milk (3 half gallons), bagels (I know I bought them instead of making them this time, so lazy!), half and half (for ice cream), and cheddar cheese.
Raw Goat’s Milk: $6
1 gallon from the farm. Trying something new!
Azure Standard: $130
I had a somewhat smaller order than normal this month and the majority of the cost was the bulk rice pasta which we were almost out of. 12 packages Jovial Rice Pasta, 50lb organic potatoes, smoked salmon (treat for hubby 🙂 ), avocados, 6lb organic apples, 6 lb organic cream cheese, 5lb organic oranges, organic romaine lettuce, Vegenaise (x2, been using it for homemade dressing!), organic celery, 1lb goat’s milk cheese, Applegate Hot Dogs, organic shelf stable milk (I like to have this one hand in my stockpile, just in case).
Below budget this month, yay! As you can see, 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.