Grocery Geek: End of May

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grocerygeek-gceWe were plugging along pretty well here on the grocery front until the last ten days or so. Two birthdays, hockey finals, hockey parties, out of town guests, a trip out of town for me, and then: the Stomach Virus of 2013. Oh my.

I’ll spare you the details. Let’s just say, survival mode has been the name of the game. I’m praying that the virus does what it’s going to do right away instead of dragging out all summer. Ugh.

As a result of the above, I don’t have great documentation on our grocery spending these past few weeks.

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Trader Joe’s

I knew that we would have a busy end of the month, so I loaded up on Trader Joe’s convenience items. That held us over through most of the time, with hubs heading out for milk and a few other things while I was gone.

Total spent: $150

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Abundant Harvest Organics

I put the produce box on vacation for the Wednesday before my departure. This was this week’s box. We were thrilled with all the fruit, broccoli, and easy to deal with vegetables. The box of plums was extra.

Total spent: $52

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I headed into Sprouts last night for odds and ends that we were missing.

Total spent: $28

Total May grocery spending: $798

Letโ€™s look at the year as a whole:

January $451
February $1028
March $954
April $799
May $798

Yearly average: $806

So far this year, weโ€™re averaging close to our goal of $800/month for 8 people ages 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 15, 40, and 50. Five of those are males! (Keep in mind that we do have a separate dining budget, about $250/month). But, I’m thrilled that things aren’t too crazy.

I’ve had a few bad experiences at two formerly favorite restaurants. So, that will narrow the field of choices and make me cook at home more often. How’s that for a silver lining?

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  1. Oh, I feel you on the survival mode. I went in for a regular ole dental exam and left with the the flu. The dental assistant was sick. I thought it was just spring allergies so I passed it on to the rest of the family before I realized I had the flu. Of course, this all happens when we are completely out of many of our staples. I went through a huge chunk of our canned beans. I know it’s cheaper than going out to eat but i still feel guilty.

    I hope you family is feeling better:)

  2. oh oh … I hope that virus does not come down here … I had something pretty bad right after the first of the year … so bad that IF I had the strength, I probably would have told Hubby that I may need to go to the hospital. I was so dehydrated and weak ๐Ÿ™ … do not ever want to experience that again! Good stops for food though from the looks of the pictures! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. I read online somewhere that a daily dose of concord grape juice helps to keep stomach bugs at bay. Not sure how much truth there is in it, but my kids love concord grape juice so I’ve been doing it…can’t hurt! Stomach bugs are the worst!

  4. Harriet says:

    So sorry that you all have had the stomach virus. That is one thing I do not wish to have, no matter how much weight I would like to lose!

  5. Nice to see someone living in reality and with a similar grocery budget. Right now mine is lower because it absolutely must be, but, generally speaking 800 works for us. There are four of us: 13, 22, 43, and 54. But the 12 and 22 are males – the 14 is quickly growing and already almost 6 ft and the 22 is 6 ft 5 in. Those boys eat A LOT.

    Right now our budget is less because I am job hunting – new teacher, and takers? However, we have 200 a month in Food Stamps and spend around another 2-300 a month. We’ve a garden as well, but it isn’t producing yet. I am going to keep track of my spending this month and post it online. Oh, our eating out budget is only 50 right now as well. It shouldn’t be that, but I live in reality land and know that pizza will call at least once during the month when I am having several flare up days in a row.

    Again, thanks for sharing your realistic spending. J

  6. You didn’t happen to buy the organic mixed fruit at Costco? They just recalled it for HepA which would definitely cause some stomach issues.

  7. Heather M says:

    May was a disaster, food -spending-wise. We are in the middle of insanely busy season. We ate out/did take out at least twice a week. I bought lots of food. Didn’t track any of it. And we have summer vacation expenses headed our way. So, now that it’s June, and even though it’s still crazy busy until June 20(last day of school!), I’m gonna plan better, try to buy less and use what we have(except fresh/proteins–which we are low on–/few random things on sale), and not eat out/do takeout as frequently. My own version of a pantry challenge. I intend to do this through July, as we’ll be gone most of August. (YAY, Jessica… most of it back at my parents in your neck of the woods!). So far, on day three, so good, except for eating dinner last night at our favorite true neighborhood greek/pizza/family joint up the street was open for its last day yesterday. After 41 years. We HAD to eat there one more time, since we’ve been customers for 17 years. But we kept it under $40.

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