This month totally doesn’t count, and I’m not 100% certain I found all the receipts to enter them into my database. We were also unemployed, and just entering the “freak out” stage where I basically stand on a table shouting “WE WILL SPEND NO MONEY EVER AGAIN UNTIL WE HAVE STEADY EMPLOYMENT!”
January grocery total: $47.91
- Meat $18.38
- Pantry items $4.86
- Produce $11.37
- Dairy $10.91
- Eggs $2.39
I know we’re missing some receipts- I only see items at one grocery store, we normally shop at two. I keep a well-stocked pantry and freezer, so this month was boring, but completely do-able. I doubt my family noticed much difference beyond being low on milk more often than not, since I only went to the grocery store a few times that month.
I’m hesitant to post this, but I have a point: feeding a family well does not need to be expensive. We have two adults with good appetites, and three little kids. I know this would look different if we had teens, but a friend goaded me into action today. She posted on Facebook begging for advice on how to lower her food bill for her family of three (Mom, Dad, and a baby.) She spends between $1,000 and $1,500 a month on “natural and organic food.” I have no idea what she’s buying or eating, but thought that perhaps I could offer a counter point.