FOOD – January 2015

Published February 5, 2015   Posted in How to Save

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This month we managed to stay under our $300 grocery budget even though we made every single meal all month long except for the 4 days we were in San Francisco. In truth….it wasn’t that hard! Meal planning for the whole month my making use out of bulk buying options from Costco makes a huge difference. Here is where the money went:

— Groceries: $292.61 —

Fruits and Veggies: $ 140.91

Canned Goods: $13.89

Vegan ‘Meat’: $9.26

Meat, Seafood and Dairy: $5.48

Dry Goods: $115.59

Alcohol: $0

House Supplies: $7.63

Minus 15 cents from our bag credits. Gotta love a little extra savings 😉

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So obviously we eat very healthy and cook as much as possible from scratch. We mostly cook and eat vegan when at home and save indulgences like meat and seafood for when we go out. This can drastically cut the food bill.

The dry goods category was particularly high this month due to having to restock some spices, quinoa and the hubby’s treats (k-cups and 5 hour energies). I don’t expect it to be this high in February.

I’m happy to see that we spend a majority of our budget on fruits and veggies. The two biggest splurges in this category are our mushrooms and avocados. We eat mushrooms 1-2 times a week and the Hubby makes his WORLD FAMOUS GUACAMOLE at least 2x a week as well. Could we cut this back? Sure. Will we? No. Two healthy foods that make us very very happy are totally worth the cost in our books.

Alcohol was $0 this month. This is a little misleading. We don’t drink much but we do have an occasional margarita or glass of wine.  We are still plowing through the extra stockpiles of alcohol that we kindly procured for our wedding last October.  So, we are stocked. Eventually we’ll have to start buying this again but for now we’ll make due with what we have on hand – and save some dough in the process.

I am thrilled that we kept to our budget! If we manage this easily for the next couple months, I may reassess and further lower our grocery goal. But for now we keep on doing what we are doing: eating amazing, healthy, and delicious food and saving money while doing so. 🙂

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6 responses to “FOOD – January 2015”

  1. Good work! Nice to see what looks to be some very clean and nutrient dense food that you guys are consuming. I feel like there is this big misconception out there that it is so expensive to eat healthy. In all reality it is not that expensive, especially if you cut out meat and seafood every single day.

    Plus there are those longer term health bills that you will be saving on as well.

    You guys are setting the bar pretty high here.


    • Oh, where do you guys typically shop for your produce?

      • Hey Gen Y Finance Guy,

        We shop primarily at two places, Costco and Sprouts. Costco generally has a good and dependable supply of produce like apples and limes (which we use a lot of), as well as oranges and other greens (celery, romaine lettuce), carrots and the like. For things like cilantro and green onions, beets, avocados and some of the smaller veggies, we use Sprouts. Basically, we buy as much as we can from Costco, and anything else we need from Sprouts.

        Works pretty well for us. 🙂

        • We are really trying to utilize Costco more for the things it makes sense to buy in bulk. They really do have the best meat and seafood in our town. I don’t know about you guys, but I can never get out of there for under $125.

          We love sprouts as well.

          Thanks for sharing!

  2. Brian says:

    This is awesome and one of the places we are looking to trim from our monthly budget. I recently put off drinking and our bills have gone down A LOT. It really is crazy how expensive alcohol can be!

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