I know, I know. It’s been a while since I’ve posted our monthly food budget. Some things have had to change though since we moved into the rv and I’ve had to re-arrange my plans. Lately we’ve also decided we want to buy less from the regular grocery store and more from our co-op (to ensure that we are getting the healthiest foods we can) and that’s taken a little planning.
I think we might have things figured out now though (of course that could change again next month!). Since we’ve been living in the camper we’ve been planning out all our meals a month in advance which really helps. We also decided this month to raise our monthly food budget to $300 a month. (That’s for 3 of us) We’ve been reading studies on how those that spend more on healthy food spend less on health care and since we don’t have standard insurance (we are part of a sharing network), we need to make sure those costs stay down. Here’s what we bought this month:
Farmer’s Market – $50
I spend slightly over $10 per week at the local farmer’s market now that they are open for the season. I’m sure this amount will go up next month as we find produce to preserve. So far we’ve been kept supplied with fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, peas, beans, zucchini, and rhubarb.
Azure Standard – $179.65
Tortilla Chips (x3), Cheese Spread, Onions (3lb), Organic Bread (x2), Organic Buns, Vegenaise, Vanilla Extract, Romaine Heads, Orange Juice, Frozen Green Beans, Grape Recharge (24 pack), Turkey Breast Slices (x2), Chicken Breast Slices, Chicken Spring Rolls, Mozzarella Cheese, Cream Cheese (x2), Bionature Tomatoes (x3), Yellow Potatoes (10lb, forgot to put those in the pictures!), Brown Rice Crispies, Garlic Gold, Rice Cakes.
Robbs Discount Grocery – $40
We tried to stretch our dollars further this month and so we headed out to our local discount grocery store and stocked up on cereal, snacks, and juice for the whole month. Luckily they have organic brands so we don’t have to compromise our plan. (Of course there was more than what was in the picture above but I forgot to take a pic and put it all away and didn’t want to get it back out!)
Total = $269.65
Some ways we saved this month:
- We used our local discount grocery store to suppliment or regular budget.
- We purchased items that were on sale through our co-op (Azure Standard) this month. (They run 2 month long sales on certain items.)
- We used our “special techniques” to shop the farmers market and get the best deals on produce.
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. I also buy in bulk here and there when I can fit it into the budget to stock up for months to come (ie: last month I have enough left to buy 20 pounds of gluten free oats). 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.
- Patty Melt Burgers
- Veggie Fry (x2)
- Pasta Primavera
- Beef Stroganaff
- Taco Salads on Cheese Flatbread
- Baked Potatoes and Beans (x2)
- Chicken and Rice Soup
- Cheeseburger Soup
- Tomato Potato Bake
- Mongolian Beef & Rice
- Creamy Chicken & Broccoli Over Rice
- Cheesy Chicken & Sweet Tomato Relish
- Sour Cream Rice Bake
Here’s an example of what one of our meals will look like. This is fried Zucchini and Onion along with Roasted Tomatoes (Slice tomatoes, drizzle in olive oil, sprinkle with salt and mozzarella cheese and bake til bubbly) and fresh Cucumber Salad. (All farmer’s market finds with the cheese from Azure!)
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!)
What does your monthly grocery budget look like and how much do you aim to spend?