My goal for this year was to spend $25 per week on groceries, eating mostly from the pantry and the freezer. I cannot do it on $25/week. I had not been to the store in well over a week because of both of us having been sick. Yesterday I had no choice .. I HAD to get some groceries!
At Kroger, I spent $48.92. At Aldi, I spent $37.43. Realistically, I don’t think I can spend less than $75 per week, and that’s if I’m totally careful, and that doesn’t include toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, dog or cat food, etc. – purely food items for us, and bare basics.
We are going to eat fresh veggies and fresh fruit. As far as fruit, I bought a pineapple, bananas, mangoes and Clementine oranges. All except the bananas were on sale. That will not be enough to get us through the week but we’ll supplement with canned peaches and pears, along with frozen blueberries and strawberries that I bought when on sale.
We eat salads every day, often for lunch and dinner, and until I get enough greens growing in the garden, I’m buying 3 or 4 heads or bundles of lettuce per week. Other veggies on this week’s receipt are a spaghetti squash that will be enough for several meals, asparagus that was on sale, carrots, cabbage and even though it says cilantro . . it was parsley. We have lots of cilantro in the garden. Within a few weeks, we should have lots of asparagus in the garden and within a few weeks after that, we should be getting carrots. The rest of our veggies for the week will be from the freezer or from jars I canned in 2014. I didn’t do much canning in 2015 — the garden didn’t make much.
You can see I bought 5 muffin mixes and a couple of brownie mixes, both are items I don’t normally buy but I have a new brownie bite pan that I want to use. Also, we’ve been having muffins for breakfast, along with oatmeal and fruit. When I can buy a muffin mix for $1, that’s way less than I can make scratch muffins by the time I pay for most fruit, even though homemade is always better than a mix.
It was a dream to think I could make it only spending $25 per week on groceries but now that my goal is $75 per week, I’m hoping I can stay in that range.