I know that February is a “short” month. I have no idea why three days seems to make such a difference, but it does. Regardless of fewer days of eating, I probably will spend our full allotment this month in terms of grocery money.
I was looking through the figures put forth by the USDA regarding average food costs for this post. I’m going with December’s data since January’s wasn’t in yet. Predicted costs for our family could fall between $1211 (thrifty) and $2422 (liberal).
I remember one point last year, shooting for $900 a month, so I think I’m going to return to that target, especially with this cookbook to create. If we hit $1000 in a month due to recipe testing, I’m not going to feel bad.
That said, here’s how shopping has gone down this month:
I braved Costco on Super Bowl Sunday. Oh, yes; yes, I did. I timed myself — just for kicks. I gathered all my purchases in 16 minutes. And then proceeded to wait another 16 minutes in line and in checking out.
I had my rebate check from last year, so I’m taking that $60 off the total of these groceries.
- rbst-free milk
- rbst-free butter
- olive oil
- orange juice 6 for
- bacon 4 pounds
- sourdough bread 2 pound loaf
- Tillamook cheese
- blue cheese
- nitrate-free turkey breast
- frozen organic cherries
- dried organic apricots
- dried cranberries
- organic ground beef
Total spent – $70
Date night often includes a trip to Trader Joe’s. Doesn’t everyone’s? Here’s what we got:
- more milk (not pictured)
- rice cakes
Total spent – $79
I sent Hubs this list from my phone. Most of the items were for recipe testing, except the bananas and milk. We always need bananas and milk. Sorry, no picture.
Total spent – $20
Total spent – $3
Wednesday morning the produce box came bright and early. We got lots of winter crops: leeks, green onions, carrots, dried mint, parsley, brussels sprouts, lemons, apple, oranges, broccoli, butternut squash, lettuce, cauliflower, and chard.
Total spent – $44
February, to Date
So far this month I’ve spent $216.
I think it will be okay, but I really need to step things up on my cookbook project, so we’ll see what next week holds. I ordered quite a few extra apples and oranges that were a good deal from Abundant Harvest Organics, so I know that will bump our bill up a bit. The kids have been asking that I make juice more often, and so there we are.