Each month, I share an update on exactly how much my family spent on groceries, plus what we harvested from the garden, complete with pictures!
We had a hard freeze toward the beginning of October, which wiped out what was left of the garden. Honestly, the bugs had gotten to the garden by that point anyway, so it wasn’t a huge loss. In September, I had been enjoying not spending extra time in the kitchen canning and freezing, but now I’m starting to miss the fresh produce, as I expected I would. Time to start thinking about next year’s garden!
I was slightly under my target grocery spending goal in October. My 16 year old son is constantly hungry…for boxed, bagged food. As I said last month, I try to balance the teen cravings with healthy purchases, but it can be hard. And those boxed, bagged foods tend to cost a bit more. Aldi seems to be the cheapest on crackers, so I stock up on those there.
I try to save time by limiting how many stores I stop at each week. But that means I do miss out on some of the rock bottom prices at different stores. In November, I plan to lift the limit on the number of stores I shop at to see if this lowers the grocery spending. (I try to shop at just 2 stores each week, but sometimes go over.) At the same time, I don’t want to spend a ton of time shopping, so I’ll track my shopping time as well.
October Grocery Spending
So, what exactly did I spend on groceries in October? October’s groceries came in at a grand total of…$299.49. My goal is $300/month, so I was just under my goal this month.
As I’ve mentioned before, Hy-Vee offers fuel saver rewards on some of the products purchased. This month we didn’t earn any fuel rewards.
So, here you are, grocery voyeurs – the photos of the actual food purchased, stores I shopped, money spent and food grown! Enjoy!
What I bought
Dollar Store ($1.00) Bread
Fresh Thyme Farmers Market ($13.30) 1 lb carrots, 1.5 lb pears, 3.4 lb broccoli, celery, 2 lb honey crisp apples, raspberries, 2.3 lb grapes, 1.2 lb bananas
A purchase I cannot remember (but on my spreadsheet) ($2.13)
What I grew
How much did you spend on groceries in October?
Do you need to start a grocery price book? Check out this post, which includes a free printable to get you started today!