Each month we plan on spending $300 on our monthly food budget. (That’s for 3 of us) Yes, we could do it for less but we’ve chosen to try and buy the healthiest foods that we can purchase. Here’s what we bought this month and how we plan on using it.
Farmer’s Market – $30
I spend around $10 per week at the Farmer’s Market. I ended up skipping a week in the last month because we were gone.
Produce – FREE
We accepted any free produce we could get our hands on this month. We picked a large bag of peas at someones house and got lots of free zucchini and yellow squash. I had a picture of this and somehow it got lost!
Azure Standard – $154
10lb organic potatoes, Brown Rice Crispies, 1lb minced onion, 3lb organic yellow onions, coconut milk (x2), Vegenaise (x2), 10lb frozen natural strawberries (not shown), 9lb bulk cream cheese, brown rice cakes (x2), Grape Recharge Drinks (x12), Spring Rolls, organic chicken lunch meat (x3), 1lb organic mozzarella cheese, 5lb pinto beans.
Safeway – $50
This was for hormone free cheese, sour cream, milk, lunch supplies for hubby, organic hot dogs, and some other random things we needed.
Robbs Discount Store – $18
We picked up Kettle Chips, quinoa, cereal, and other organic foods at our local discount grocery store this month.
Hutterite Colony – $37
This was for 2 whole large chickens and 7 pounds of turkey breast that we are going to make into lunchmeat.
Total for July/August = $289
We came in under budget!
Some ways we saved this month:
- Shopped at our local discount grocery store.
- Shopped the clearance at our local grocery store (Safeway). Most grocery stores have some kind of clearance bin, ours is in the back of the store and products are marked 50% off!
- Took what we got for free. As mentioned above we got free peas, zucchini, and squash this month!
- Bought from alternative sources. The local Hutterite Colony came to town so we took advantage of what they brought.
This month we also purchased 100 pounds of organic tomatoes (for a total of $111). We canned these. We used the leftover money from our food budget for these and other money. These tomatoes will hopefully last us for the winter. We also canned dried pinto beans this month that we had purchased during previous months and we canned green beans which we got for free.
It’s easy to look over this list and see what we bought but hard to see how it adds up to meals. As I’ve mentioned before, meat (beef and chicken) mostly is not part of our monthly budget and is purchased on a few times a year in bulk and stored in our chest freezer. Since we plan our meals out in advance I thought I’d give you a summary of what we are going to be eating with all this food we purchased.
Lunches: Mostly leftovers (but occasionally just fruits and veggies, either canned or from the farmer’s market). Hubby eats sandwiches.
Suppers: Our dinners will be similar to last month’s. I’m sure we will keep continuing to eat lots of fried zucchini since it’s free! For some reason it never gets old…
With planning out meals ahead of time I know exactly what I need to buy so I make sure I order enough for the month. For more on meal planning you might want to check out my ebook, Meal Planning Made Simple for more ideas and how to meal plan. (Make sure to use the coupon code MEALPLAN to get a discount!)
How much do you spend on your monthly food budget?