Hello and happy Monday! I hope you had a nice weekend. Ours was filled with soccer and basketball. Both girls scored a basket in their games and Hailey’s team placed second in the championship; it was so enjoyable to watch them play. David was in Atlanta on Saturday so the girls and I ordered a pizza, read Harry Potter, then watched Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief. They loved it!
It’s the last day of the month so I added up all my grocery spending and… my goodness; this month feels painful to share. See January’s spending here. I knew it was going to be higher because it was a busy month and I fell off the meal planning train for some of it. I also relied on higher-priced convenient food items when we weren’t feeling well.
Still, the bill is surprisingly high. While the purpose of this exercise for me was to simply observe, I am going to have to implement some changes for March.
I know grocery prices are going up in significant ways right now. I also know that I can do better than this, even with inflation. The best ways to lower my monthly grocery spending are:
- Add in more vegetarian meals. There is a reason Dave Ramsey advises beans and rice; rice and beans. It’s cheap and nutritious.
- Cook from scratch ingredients. Heat and eat and other conveniences definitely make my bill rise quickly.
- Make a meal plan and stick to it.
- Shop my pantry and freezer first. Next meal plan, I’ll pull out what needs to be used and plan around that.
Ok, let’s get to the nitty gritty.
- Costco $633.34
- Whole Foods $449.10
- Publix $287.51
- Aldi $106.24
- Food Lion $57.56
- Lowe’s Food $34.36
- LKN Butchery $29.92
- GRAND TOTAL: $1,598.03
I had a big Costco run because as soccer starts back up, I need more easy snacks for the kids. I get the dried mango, applesauce pouches, frozen burritos, yogurt smoothies, and more fruit. I picked up a lot of staples from Aldi, like bone broth, tortilla chips, and pasta to stock the pantry. I also had to buy some meat for Finley while we’re still working out the best way to feed her raw in a reasonable way.
I also had to use grocery delivery ($$) and David bought some groceries on his own, too. I’m not surprised it is so high I suppose, but yikes, seeing it in print feels like a wake up call. I guess that’s the whole point of the exercise though! On to March now, and I’m determined to reel it in bit.