My, my, July… you shocked me. By my requirements, I rocked the grocery spending this month! I used to be particularly shocked as a result of we have been residence for all the month (minus two nights in South Carolina at Mema and Grandpa’s home).
- Goal: $33.43
- Complete Meals: $52.74
- Meals Lion: $79.89
- Publix: $130.49
- Butcher Box: $206.04
- Costco: $450.29
- GRAND TOTAL: $952.88
I anticipate Butcher Box supply months to be larger as a result of it’s after I refill on hen, pork, member specials, and so forth, so the truth that I’m nonetheless beneath $1,000 for the month even with a freezer refill looks like a win to me. How did I do it? I observed a couple of issues…
First, I meal deliberate and caught to my record. Second, I shopped my freezer rather well and added in a couple of meatless or meat-light meals. See the meals we ate this month in this post. And lastly, I sacrificed a bit on high quality, like shopping for the Costco big luggage of shredded cheddar jack as a substitute of grass fed cheddar blocks and shredding it myself.
I cringe a bit when writing issues like “sacrificing on high quality by not shopping for grass-fed cheddar” as a result of I fear about how meals snobby it might come throughout. However that stuff is a precedence for me, particularly as I study extra about our meals provide and its impact on our well being (glyphosate, poor high quality dwelling circumstances for animals, seed oils, and so forth).
I hope speaking about this comes throughout as intended- an trustworthy account of my battle between wanting to purchase solely the easiest to feed my household and my acknowledgement of my want for comfort and amount at occasions.
This month I did a superb job of utilizing what I had in my freezer and pantry, which helped maintain value low. My Butcher Box was delivered on the finish of the month, which suggests I’ve a stocked meat choice for August. Nevertheless, my pantry is fairly sparse so I think about will probably be a pricy restock after I get again from our journey. I plan on going to Aldi for a few of these staples like salsa and tortilla chips.
It’s been enjoyable for me to listen to your experiences, as I do know a couple of of you’ve joined in on this grocery spending monitoring, too. Thanks for sharing! I do know budgeting isn’t a novel idea, however being tremendous targeted on it and holding myself accountable by posting it right here has been a fantastic train for me in self-discipline and self refection. Bear in mind you could find all my finance related/grocery tracking posts here.