I'm a little behind! I did pretty well the first half of the month as far as not going to the store. Then things went a little downhill, but not too bad. I added up what I spent for the month and I came up with 218.11. I don't think that is too bad for 2 adults and a preschooler.
A few things I started with:
4 lbs. butter - used 3 lbs.
25 lbs. hard red wheat - used about 2 lbs.
20 lbs. AP flour - used about 10 lbs.
4 lbs. cheddar cheese - used it all!
The stores had some pretty good sales, so I stocked up on items. There were trips I made for those items, so not all of what I spent was for that month.
My ideas of grocery shopping are constantly evolving. I am focusing on stocking up when things are on sale. For instance, last week a local store had coupons in their flyer. Oscar Meyer bacon was $2.69 for a 16 oz. package after the coupon. I bought 10 packs. They also had good prices on lunchmeat and cheese. Husband takes sandwiches him to work, so I have to keep enough on hand. This week, there is a good sale on peanut butter. I bought 6 jars. That should last us a while!
I have decided to start keeping track of grocery spending in a ledger. I am curious to see how my spending averages out after a few months. I know there will be months when I spend more because of sales. But there will be months, when I spend less because I already have plenty.
I really love Azure Standard for my bulk shopping. I order my wheat berries, dry beans, popcorn, dry fruit and some produce from them. Everything I have purchased has been excellent!
I would like to try this again in the spring/summer when my garden is producing more and I can use the farmer's market better. It was an odd time to try this because we are at the end of our growing season.