I’ve tried four different times to write a “Poorganic Grocery Budget” for a month. Many of you have asked what we usually buy, but it is too hard to generalize since every month is different. I’ve decided that to just show you what food we ACTUALLY bought in the last 30 days, the good, the bad, and the exceptions. This might be a gigantic bore on par with reading the dictionary for some of you, but maybe it will be helpful for a few of you. (I hope so —-because it was no picnic typing this up!) If you’re not up for reading grocery lists, try this post or this one.
This is 10 grocery trips in 30 days. (I HATE that we shopped this much in 30 days, but this is a reality of eating a lot of produce, and making multiple trips to take advantage of coupon promotions.)
NOW you can judge me accurately and accuse me with all the facts at your disposal. The following list is sorted by store and date. I will indicate what we bought, what size it was, and what I paid. I will also try to indicate, where I remember, whether an item was organic, non-organic (NO), or natural. I will also try to indicate if something was on sale (S) and/or if I used a coupon(Q) to obtain the price that I got. For the most part, you can assume that the price I paid is my “buy price,” but sometimes I splurge a bit based on our need and my desire to not go to 10 stores in a week. I would tend to say that this month was a little more expensive than usual because I wasn’t planning as well as I normally do, but probably once it is all said and done, maybe this is pretty typical. Half the trips were well planned; half were not. At the bottom, I’ll give you our totals.
This trip was $59 total
Earth Fare 1/26
This trip was $29 total
Harris Teeter 1/28
This trip was $34Emerald Whole Cashews 10 oz $2.00; NO, S, Q Fleischmann’s Yeast 3 Strip $1.20; NO, Q Vlassic Baby Dill Pickles $1.69, S Vlassic Snackems $1.74; NO, S HT Jumbo Olives $1.25; NO, S Newman’s Olive Oil 2 16.9 oz bottles, total 9.54; Organic, S 2 lbs E-Z Peel Farm Raised Shrimp; 9.98, NO, S Blackberries 1 pint; $1.50; NO, S 100% WW Hamburger Buns 8 count; $1.99, NO, S Davidson Natural Pastured Eggs Dozen; $1.10; NO, S, Q Jones Natural Nitrate Free Sausage 20 links; $2, S, Q
Trader Joes 2/4
This trip was $110 (and I almost died paying this much for groceries, but I had my entire family with me and that is why I was weak.)
Meat House 2-4
(I had a $25 Groupon that I bought for $15 in Dec. All the meats at this store are natural or handmade. I focused on getting “processed” meats that are expensive to buy organically. In addition to my groupon, I paid $2.89, but I am not counting the $15 for this month since I spent it last year.)1/2 lb Honey Ham lunchmeat 12 Buffalo Chicken Wings Wings 1 lb Breakfast Sausage 1/4 lb Pepperoni 1.5 Sweet Sausage
Harris Teeter 2-8
$23 for this Trip
Earth Fare 2-9
$24 for this trip
Harris Teeter 2-11
$17 for this trip
Harris Teeter 2-15
$52.83 (Super Doubles. 20 coupons up to $1.98 will double per day. Also, I had a $10/$50 coupon from Recyclebank.)Seattles Best Coffee NO 12 oz $4.39 S, Q 3 pack yeast $1.40 NO, Q Blue Diamond Almonds 5 oz, $0.39, Q Yuban Organic Coffee 2 @ 12 oz, $8.98, S MaraNatha Organic PB 2 @16 oz, $5.38, Q Uncle Ben’s Boil in a Bag Brown Rice 2 @ 14 oz, $2.60, S, Q Nature’s Path Organic Cereal 14 oz, $1.50, S, Q Polaner All Fruit NO SUGAR Jam 2 @ 10 oz, $3 S, Q Kettle Chips 8.5 oz (3 ingredient, non GMO) $1.70 Q Green and Black Organic 85% Chocolate Bar $1, Q Muir Glen Organic Tomato Sauce 2 cans $2.30, Q Muir Glen Organic Tomato Paste 4 small cans $1.56, Q Shredded Wheat and Bran Cereal 18 oz NO but 2 ingreds and GREAT snack, Q, $2.25 5.2 lbs bananas NO $3.59 1.14 lbs red grapes NO $1.47, S 2.9 lbs Jonagold apples NO $4.03, S Bunch broccoli NO $1.79, S Stoneyfield Plain Whole Yogurt 32 oz $1.79, Q Organic Valley Half and Half, Quart $1.79, Q Organic Valley Whole Milk Half Gallon $2.45, Q Jones Natural Sausage 4 boxes $4, Q, S
Harris Teeter 2-18
$34 (Super Doubles. 20 coupons up to $1.98 will double per day. Also, I had ANOTHER $10/$50 coupon from Recyclebank.)Seattles Best Coffee NO 12 oz $4.39 S, Q Honey Nut Cheerios $1.50 S, Q 3 boxes Cheerios $2.94, S, Q 2 large cans Furmano diced tomatoes $2, S, Q Welch’s 100% Grape Juice $1, S, Q Mariana Banana Chips, $.59, S, Q 2.5 lbs HT Organic Popcorn, $4.99 2 Bags 8 oz Kettle Chips, $3.40, Q 2 Cans Muir Glen Organic Tomato Sauce, $2.30, Q 2 Cans Muir Glen Organic Tomato Paste, $.50, Q Earthbound Farms Organic Power Meal Salad, 5 oz, $2.79, S, Q 2.32 lbs Bananas $1.60 1.28 lbs Grapes $1.65, S 2.59 lbs Jonagold Apples $3.60, S Cucumber $.79, S Bulk Organic Spring mix 0.17 lbs $1.02 (This is a GREAT deal for salad at a reg. price of $5.99/lb. The clam shells are typically 3.50 for 5 oz. BUY FROM BULK!) Honey Wheat Bread $1.69, S (Truly a weak purchase, but we were out of bread and I knew I didn’t have time to make any.) 2 Bags Grated Cheese 14 oz $3.00, S (They had grated Swiss, which I needed for a quiche.) 2 4 packs Activia yogurt $1.20, Q HT Large Brown Cage Free Vegetarian Eggs 18 ct, $2.97 Bacon 14 oz $1.50, S, Q Chicken Sausage $1.99, Q
From a Friend with Chickens
$105 dozen pastured eggs
Grand total Spent on Groceries between 1-19 and 2-18: $395.72
Note, our non food consumables are obviously not included in this list. My goal is to keep our total grocery and household consumables budget to $500. Often we are a titch over, but my goal is to be better this year now that I’ve gotten the hang of Eating Poorganically. Oh, we are a family of 5. My kids are 6, 4, and 2.
Any questions or criticism or suggestions? (Other than, don’t go to the store every-freakin’-day.) I’d love to hear what you think. How does this compare to your grocery trips?