The grocery budget at our house has morphed a few times in the past 2-1/2 years. First we started reducing packaged food and making more things from scratch, then we became vegetarian, and now we are avoiding most paper products and commercial cleaning supplies. Meanwhile, I stopped making bread and muffins due to time pressures, but I hope to add them back in.
We are always stocked up with the basics like rice and pasta; lentils and beans; nuts and peanut butter; eggs, cheese, and milk. I used to stop at the grocery store on the way home from work 3-4 times a week, but I’ve changed my tune. Now we shop once a week, and if we run out of an ingredient, we make or use something else instead.
Each week we usually make 2 or 3 dinners in big batches that will last for two meals each. When we go grocery shopping, we specifically buy fresh ingredients for that week’s meals. We buy very little that’s not in the meal plan. To be honest, we’re not tempted by sales much. I suppose we could buy some extra quinoa if it’s on sale (for example), but most items we buy aren’t advertised or marked down much.
So every week we buy stuff for breakfasts and for the lunches we take to work, including fruit and veg, salad fixings, breads, cereals and crackers, coffee, tea and milk.
Our last grocery trip for 2013, on Dec 31, cost $19 for just vegetables and milk.
Following in the footsteps of Laura from No More Spending, I posted a little video chat about our latest grocery order over on YouTube:
For blog readers who prefer to actually read (!), I spent $78.58 on the following:
- Shreddies cereal $5.99
- Spoon Size Shredded Wheat cereal $3.99
- 2 cans decaf coffee @ $4.49 each
- 1.89 L (2 US quarts) blueberrycocktail $4.69 incl tax and deposit
- 2 L soy milk $3.79
- 1 pkg honeybush tea $3.00
- 1 lg loaf rye bread $3.69
- 3 pkg crumpets @ $1.89 each
- 2 loaves whole wheat bread @ $1.88 each (cheapest brand this week)
- 2 pkg Greek yogurt @ $2.99 each – it was $2 cheaper to buy the individual cups versus the big tub 😦
- 1 L 2% milk $2.25
- Cauliflower $3.99
- Grape tomatoes $3.47
- Celery $2.99
- Broccoli $2.00
- Bell pepper $1.46
- Bananas $1.14
- 6 oz radishes $0.77
- Frozen yogurt $3.99
- Note the absence of candy; I over-indulged for the holidays!
- 2 boxes tissues @ 1.15 each incl. tax
- Dishwashing detergent (local brand) $4.68 incl. tax
In the video, I mention a chopped salad. It turned out like this!
The grocery budget for 2014 is $490/month, to include all food for 3 meals a day at home and/or work, snacks, cleaning supplies, personal care items and (minimal) paper goods. This should be easily attainable.
Are you off to a good start this year?