Back by popular demand, here’s the July update on exactly how much my family spent on groceries, plus what’s been harvested from the garden, complete with pictures!
I was happy to come in under my goal of $300 for the month, especially since we took a week-long camping trip to Colorado and packed along the majority of our food for that trip (frugal traveling!). My total would be quite a bit lower if we hadn’t taken the trip because I bought food I wouldn’t normally buy to make travel easier.
Grocery Expense Inclusions
I’ve had many questions regarding what I do and do not include in my “grocery” expense category, so I’ll cover that here:
- All food purchased, with the exception of beef
- Kitchen supplies (such as dish soap, foil, etc.)
- Dining out (total is typically well under $100 – it’s $53.38 in July, plus we ate out on vacation once but that is on the vacation budget)
- Beef (we buy ¾ grass fed steer each year for approximately $1000)
- Cleaning supplies (window cleaner, laundry detergent supplies, etc.)
- Personal items (shampoo, lotion, etc.)
- Paper items (paper towels and toilet paper)
- Alcohol (this is a separate line item, not sure if that’s good or bad, but it’s $0 for July since we stocked up in May 😉 )
I also want to note that we eat fairly healthy (some of us more than others – I have teens). In fact, I eat a 95% gluten free and 100% dairy free diet!
That should help you all decide how my total stacks up. Did I miss anything you had questions on?
Now, what you’ve all been waiting for – July’s groceries came in at a grand total of…$267.13.
As I’ve said in previous posts, Hy-Vee offers fuel saver rewards on some of the products purchased. This month we earned $1.22/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 $24.40 for the month. If you figure that into the grocery expenses, it brings my total down to $242.73.
So, here you are, grocery voyeurs – the photos of the actual food purchased, stores I shopped, money spent and food grown! Scroll to the end of the post to see the garden harvest – it’s really starting to roll in. Enjoy!
Not pictured (oops, sorry, there’s a lot of these!):
- Costco – $28.25 (2 Kirkland Coffees, Kirkland Dishwasher Pacs)
- Fareway – $2.96 (bananas)
- Hy Vee – $13.98 (peanut butter, deli smoked turkey, apples for camping trip)
What I bought
What I grew