Food prices have sky rocketed within the last year! Here’s a peek into my family’s grocery haul, what was purchased, prices, and meal plan for the week.
Prices vary by state and grocery store chains (from everything I hear, I really wish we had an Aldi) so let me begin by telling you this grocery haul was done at a Kroger store, which is Smith’s here in Utah.
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We are a one income family of five: two adults, two teenage boys, a toddler in diapers and a dog. Our grocery budget is $140/week. That number includes all household supplies, toiletries, dog food, and diapers.
HOWEVER, this last year after Covid hit we decided to purchase half a steer from a local farmer to fill the freezer. It was an upfront cost but it was well worth it, and I truly feel like it has saved us a lot of money.
We try to eat healthy and buy organic what we can. Not all the time, but the effort is definitely made. Sourcing food from other places besides the grocery store has been a high priority of mine this year.
Besides getting our beef from a local farm, we also buy two gallons of milk from a local dairy farm every week, receive an order of organic fruit and veggies once or twice a month from Misfits Market (especially during summer when the teenagers are home a lot), order bulk grains from Azure Standard, and my mom got backyard chickens this last year so she graciously shares from her bounty of eggs with us.
The only thing from the above list not included in the $140 weekly budget is the beef, everything else comes out of that amount. If we happen to have extra cash for one reason or another we will sometimes put it towards a bulk order for food storage, but 99% of the time is just the $140 for the week.
This Weeks Grocery Haul
Ok, are you ready? Here we go….
- 1 Lb Deli sliced pepperoni – $7.56
- 2 loaves of bread – $5.18
- Corn tortillas -$2.79
- 2 queso fresco – $5
- Organic heavy whipping cream – $5.99
- 2 bags store brand otter pops – $5.98
- 18 ct eggs – $1.99
- 5 bags of shredded cheese (2 lb each) – $19.95 got extra bags to keep in the freezer because it was on sale.
- 2 cans of tuna – $1.58
- 1 jar of pickles -$1.50
- Box of larabars – $7.79
- Organic oatmeal – $ 2.69
- Organic marinara sauce -$2.29
- Real Butter – $ 3
- Organic mushrooms – $2.29
- Organic apples – $4.59
- Watermelon -$ 3.99
- Clementines – $3.99
- 2 roma tomatoes -$.56
- Organic sweet potatoes – $10.23 ouch! this one snuck up on me, I thought they were on sale
- 4 avocados – $2.49
- 10 bananas – $2.83
- 2 lbs of kiwis – $3.99
- Dr. Bronner’s castile soap – $12.99
Menu For The Week
Breakfasts and lunches will repeat themselves
- Oatmeal with fruit
- sourdough pancakes
- Left overs
- grilled cheese sandwiches
- tuna salad
- Pasta with meat sauce
- Burrito bowls
- pulled pork sandwiches with sweet potatoes
- sourdough pizzas
What I Already Had on Hand For These Meals:
- All the meat needed
- Sourdough starter for pancakes and pizzas
- Buns for pulled pork sandwiches
- Rice and beans for burrito bowls
Every week looks different. I usually don’t buy ten pounds of cheese in one grocery haul, but at least now I won’t have to buy cheese for quite a while. That my friends is probably the best way to save on groceries, when something is on sale STOCK UP!
Need a little help sticking to your grocery budget? Here are 10 tips to help you stay on track at the grocery store.
What are YOUR grocery shopping/saving tips?