Anywhoo, I'm starting a new segment: Go Grocery Shopping with Me!
In this, I will show you my receipts and what I bought. Maybe I'll even talk about what I'll make with the different items. Now, selfishly, I'm doing this to track what I'm buying...but, I thought maybe somehow, someway, it might help someone else. I have no idea how but...I try.
Let me say that this won't be for the bargain shoppers. I can't keep track of my car keys, much less coupons. But I can tell you that when I started really going all out for Drew's food, we spent $800/month on Drew alone...and he was barely three years old (so that's where half our savings went...the other half on ABA out of pocket)! I have cut that dollar amount by over half; and I'm now spending about $350/month on him. And, if I were organized, which I'm not, I could trim that more...and just imagine if I understood double coupon thingies. Oh, how I remember when Hubby and I were newlyweds and I cherished my Sunday morning coupon clipping (just single coupons if I remembered to take them to the store) to do my once a month Wal-mart load up. I don't know, it made me feel all nesty or something. Sigh. I digress.
For the month of February, here is what I bought:
Worth noting the following:
1. Bob's Red Mill assorted flours- coconut, flax meal, potato starch. These are used for Drews muffins, breads, cookies, etc. I'm trying to use this type of stuff mor now that he can handle it. It helps reduce cost.
2. Dalfor strawberry jam w no added sweeteners to put on bread and waffles. Also, the Frontier Organic vanilla is $10!! It's not a super sized bottle either. But, I won't have to buy it again for awhile.
3. I have found that Drew can tolerate Plainville oven roasted turkey from the deli. It's $9.99/lb; so I repackage it at home by putting parchment paper in between a few slices and freeze. I also occasionally give him Whole Foods Naked Roast Beef. It's really expensive and not a priority.
4. Coconut Bliss ice cream popscicles in the Naked Coconut flavor. By the looks of the receipt, we have an addiction. True. I only buy these once per month so I load up.
5. Dark ground turkey- once a month, I make about 1.5-2 dz turkey muffins for Drew to have for breakfast. You're gagging aren't you? Not offended. This is one area that I've changed in order to cut back the grocery bill. He used to get these three times per week (4/svg). Now, once a week and as a snack every now and then.
6. Penta water 6 pack $9.99. I used to only allow Drew to have this brand... I use it now just for preparing homeopathic remedies.
7. Organic chicken thighs. This is another area I've cut back. These are used to make the infamous "Chicken Patties". Drew had them 4 days/wk for breakfast and snacks. Now, just twice per week for breakfast.
8. Bob's Redmill flour. Yes, it's listed again to show you that I seriously have no organizational skills. Totally wasted money because I had just bought the flours the last time. Sigh.
9. Organic Girl romaine hearts. These are the second main ingredient in the chicken patties. If I weren't lazy, I could save a couple dollars by tearing off the ends of the romaine hearts myself... However, I have an ugly relationship with lettuce that hasn't at least been prewashed- but preferably picked apart already.
So, there you have it. I even made it under budget this month!
If you have any ideas or tips that could make this process easier or cheaper, do share!!