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!
Though I came in under my goal of $300 for the month of August, I harvested so much food from the garden, my grocery expenses really should have been lower. I could offer up excuses but, the honest truth is, I didn’t plan and prepare well for traveling and didn’t cook as much as I could have.
We’ll chalk it up to multiple camping trips and my son’s birthday (week). Do you know how much food 4 teenage boys can go through in 24 hours?! I was in sheer awe of their ability to eat massive amounts in such a short amount of time.
It will be interesting to see how grocery expenses compare to my summer costs after school is in full swing. I felt like I was spending more with the kids home all day. And now that I will be driving my daughter home from school each day I can stop at a couple of stores I avoided during the summer (since they are on my way).
August Grocery Spending Total
So, what exactly did I spend on groceries in August? August’s groceries came in at a grand total of…$257.97.
As I’ve mentioned before, Hy-Vee offers fuel saver rewards on some of the products purchased. This month we earned $0.80/gallon credit for gas up to 20 gallons. Since we use the full 20 gallons at the discounted rate, the amount saved in gas through these grocery purchases is $16.00 for the month. If you figure that into the grocery expenses, it brings my total down to $241.97.
The garden harvest was plentiful in August. We seem to be having an early fall here (plus I’ve been hit hard with blight and pests), so I expect a dramatic decline in the garden produce for September. While I’ll certainly miss the fresh veggies, I won’t have to spend as much time on canning/freezing and working in the garden.
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
What I grew
Not pictured (oops!):
- Costco: Tortilla Chips (2), Coffee (2), and Garlic Powder = $30.35
- Fareway: Bananas and Dill Seed (3) = $4.35
How much did you spend on groceries in August? Do you have a garden?