It is proving difficult to make this work as we needed so much this month as the fridge was almost bare. Thankfully, I ran into some really good sales, one being the organic salad and spinach was B1G1 free! That saved me $5. I also saw that the organic strawberries were on sale 2 for $4, so instead of waiting till next month, I went ahead and dipped into my stockpile money and bought 6 pounds to make jam. I also had to buy some tahini as ours had expired, to make hummus for the next 6 months. The tahini is a stockpile item, so I won't need to purchase it again for another 6 months.
Here is what I bought that we needed:
2 bundles organic bananas - 3.72
Hummus (until I make some) - 3.99
Organic/non-gmo corn tortilla chips - 4.29
2lb. No hormone/no antibiotic cheddar cheese - 3.99
3 boxes of butter (no hormone/antibiotic) - 5.00
24-string cheese - 6.00
24 eggs - 4.00
1 gallon organic milk - 5.58
1 lb. organic spring salad mix - 4.99
1 lb. organic spinach - free!
2 lb. organic baby carrots - 3.58
B1G1 free croutons - 1.99 (my daughter begged for these, she eats them as a snack)
Dave's Killer Bread; Sprouted wheat - 3.88 (I have to make my bread soon!)
6lbs. organic strawberries - 12.00
1lb. Tahini - 6.99
So for totals, I spent $18.99 from stockpile budget and $51.01 in groceries. I still have to buy milk, bananas and possibly eggs and salad before the end of the month, so that should be about $20. I normally don't buy string cheese, but since being pregnant, I wanted to add in some more protein sources.
If I can't reach my average of $100 a month over 3 months, I may reach $120-130, that is still a savings from $150 that we were spending. I will evaluate everything at the end of this cycle to see how it went, but so far, I'm over-budget for this month. My goal was to spend $50 on groceries, but I spent $51.01 and then still have about $20 more to go by the end of the month. That is $20 over budget. However, if I can save $20 in freezer meals or my stockpile next month, I can make it all even out by the end of the 3-month period - so only time will tell!
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