Grocery Budget: Week Three

During March, I’m sharing our monthly budgeting and meal planning. Our current grocery budget is $200 a month which is only for food {we have a separate budget category for household items and toiletries.} So far this month, my spending has been more than usual! I spent $89.04 the first week of the month and then $82.56 last week which left me with a meager budget of $28.40 left for 2 weeks!

We’re trying to eat healthier which includes more local, organic and non-GMO products. Right now our priorities are organic dairy, non-GMO corn products and organic produce primarily for the most contaminated fruits and vegetables.

This week we didn’t purchase much but we have a freezer full of beef and some chicken. We also have hens that are laying so we no longer have to purchase eggs! We still have over half of the local cheese we purchased at the beginning of the month and last week we purchased vanilla,  olive oil and local honey, all three of these items should last a couple months. We also have about half a gallon of milk in the fridge and a half gallon in the freezer. {I believe Weston has a milk sensitivity so I’ve cut back on my milk consumption!}

Groceries for this week:

  • Kiwi (3) $1.47
  • Plums (3) $1.73
  • Bananas  $1.52
  • Shredded Coconut $1
  • Tortilla Chips (2) (organic) $4.38
  • Raisins (organic) $5.79
  • Yogurt (2) (organic) $.98
  • Kettle Chips $1.29

Total (with tax): $18.34

{$10.06 left in the grocery budget for March.}

Meal Plan

Breakfasts:
Homemade Granola
Fruit
Oatmeal
Omelets

Lunches:
Leftovers

Snacks:
Cheese
Nuts
Fruit
Hummus & Chips
Carrots

March 19: Leftover Chicken Soup
March 20: Mexican Casserole*
March 21: Leftovers
March 22: Veggie Soup*
March 23: Leftovers/Homemade Pizza
March 24: Steak with Sweet Potato Fries and Rolls
March 25: Ham with Mashed Potatoes, Cranberries and Rolls*
March 26: Grilled Pork with Baked Potatoes

*These were on last week’s menu but we didn’t fix them due to having leftovers and repurposing leftovers! {Little to no food waste is frugal!}

I have to admit, I’m nervous about only having $10.06 left in the grocery budget this month! I’m positive we can stay within budget this month but we will be cutting it close! I hope to avoid raising our food budget right now.

We’ve been working hard in our garden and are hoping that we’ll have a good season and produce a bunch of vegetables that we can eat all summer and preserve for fall and winter which will help reduce our food expenses in the coming months!

Related Posts:

Grocery Budget: Week One

Grocery Budget: Week Two

10 Replies to “Grocery Budget: Week Three”

  1. I would love to get our food budget where yours is. I do cook all meals from scratch but have to buy all dairy and produce along with meat ,chicken and fish. Tough the way food prices are rising.

    1. I'm just sharing my budget, in no way do I think this amount works for everybody! And I'm thinking we'll probably be raising it pretty soon due to a toddler who eats as much as us and rising food prices.

  2. I enjoy seeing your grocery shopping trips and meal plan. We are also a family of four me,hubby, and two girls (7 and 4) and try to keep our grocery budget at the $200 mark. We also eat leftovers everyday at lunch. I know you can make it next week with $10 left!

  3. I have a question that may sound persnickety or possibly rude, and I don't intend that at all, I'm just genuinely curious. I really appreciate you sharing your grocery lists and prices and pictures – these are my favorite blog posts around the blogosphere. But the quantity of food you're getting just doesn't look like enough food to me. This could be because I eat a large quantity (7-8) of fruits and vegetables a day, and those take up lots of space, or because we buy other stuff that you don't (coffee is the example I'm thinking of; it doesn't take up a ton of space, but that's the idea). So I'm curious – do these groceries cover all your food for the week, or do you eat with family sometimes, or do you eat at church some nights? I just know that if that was all the food we bought for the week, it'd be gone halfway through. Maybe you're just better planners than us. 🙂 Our family is myself, my husband, and our cat. No pregnancies, nursing, or heavy physical labor, either.

    1. Not rude at all! Looking at the pictures it doesn't seem like much food to me either. The groceries I am purchasing are not all we eat for that week. We do have a $200 food budget and we stick with it each month but it would be impossible {at least for us} to have no foods in the house and make that $200 stretch all month. But, stockpiling helps us stretch our money. We have a stocked freezer with meat, beans (I cook from dry beans and freeze) and fruits. We also grind our own wheat so I have about 2.5 gallons of wheat berries that we're using too.

      My husband does eat lunch out for work at least two days a week and typically eats dinner at church on Thursdays since there's a service that night. Not having to cook a big meal on Thursdays and not having to send him lunch everyday helps a lot.

      We try to have minimal waste and stretch our food as far as we can. An example, last Friday night I boiled 3 chicken breasts. I used about 1/3 of the meat for shredded chicken tacos and put 2/3 of it in the fridge to be used for buffalo & bbq chicken pizzas on Saturday. I took a small amount of the shredded chicken and put back into the broth, added carrots, potatoes and onions and made chicken soup. I also used a cup of the broth to make homemade cream of chicken soup for Mexican Casserole last night.

      We also eat all of our leftovers. That's why you see leftover night on the menu quite often. Some nights it's quite hodge podge but we don't go hungry and nothing is being wasted.

      So, the food you see is not the only thing we're eating that week, it's being combined with what we do have on hand! And, in an effort to try to eat healthier, we're not purchasing many 'empty calorie' foods. A handful of nuts fills me up as much as eating half a box of graham crackers or store bought cereal bars.

      Hope this answers your questions!

  4. Rachel, we are working with $360, including tax, for food each month which excludes toiletries and supplements. On Friday afternoon I purchased 20 kiwi @ 4/$1, six oranges @ 2/$1, and three lbs of grapes @ 1.99/lb. So roughly $15 of fruits which we ate between Friday evening and by Tuesday evening it was gone!! We are spending about $40 of our $90 weekly grocery budget on produce (fresh, frozen and glass jars – no metal cans) and $40 is lasting only about five days. We are facing the reality that being a pregnant nursing momma who stays home with a voracious 14 month old and packs lunch for a dada doing manual labor all day is going to require an up in our food budget. We are eating whole foods and staying away from processed as much as possible, buying fats meats and dairy organic and attempting (with limited success) to stock-up on sales as well as buy in bulk.
    *Sigh* I feel like a pendulum that swings between saving money and preserving our health.

    1. I recently read the Hippocrates quote, "Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food." It's been stuck in my head ever since! I think spending more money on food is so worth it! {And I'm pretty sure I'm going to be upping our grocery budget very soon!} What does savings tons of money matter if you don't have good health?

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