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 are a family of four consisting of two adults and two adult-sized teenagers. Having teenagers in the house makes it incredibly difficult to keep grocery spending down. You may notice the junk food in my grocery pictures. Ugh. I’m trying to find some sort of balance between teen cravings and my budget. Health is an issue too, and the junk food consumption does concern me but, in reality, how much can you control what a 16 year old eats? And do you really want to try? I choose my battles.
A recent conversation with my 16 year old son went something like this: “Everyone else buys stuff [junk food]. Why can’t you just be like everyone else?” I reply “I’m not like everyone else. I don’t like to buy food that has little nutritional value”. He scoffs. I go on, “You have a car, you can go to the store”. He says, “I’m not going to the store. I don’t want to spend my money”. Exactly.
So, while I try to buy healthy food, I do buy “treats” now and then to keep the kids satiated.
September Grocery Spending
So, what exactly did I spend on groceries in September? September’s groceries came in at a grand total of…$304.23. My goal is $300/month, so I went over this month. I had already spent $285 by September 22, so we ate out of the pantry and freezer the rest of the month to keep costs down (with the exception of fresh fruit, veggies and milk).
As I’ve mentioned before, Hy-Vee offers fuel saver rewards on some of the products purchased. This month we earned $1.51/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 $30.20 for the month. If you figure that into the grocery expenses, it brings my total down to $274.03.
We had a dramatic decline in the garden produce in September, though we did harvest several pounds of potatoes. I enjoyed not having to spend as much time in the kitchen preserving tomatoes and cucumbers, but since it’s virtually stopped coming in, I’m starting to miss it. Time to start planning for next year!
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
- Not pictured (oops!):
$25.85 – Hy Vee: Hamburger buns, ramen noodles, coconut milk, hawaiian rolls, smoked ham, hummus, bananas
- $12.34 – Hy Vee: tortillas, tomato juice (2), almond milk, onions
What I grew
How much did you spend on groceries in September? How do you save on food?