At the moment my monthly grocery budget is $180 for the four of us plus our cat. Hopefully when our financial situation improves I'll be able to bump it back up to $270 a month. Please keep in mind that our girls are not always home for dinner. Jessica is at Uni and Megan's current job has her working over dinner a couple of times a week.
As you know, during Sept - Nov I stockpile heavy, bulky and non perishable items to last all of Summer and the holiday season. I still have some of these items left to use.
Here are the shopping dockets so far for the month. I'll keep adding photos of my shopping dockets as the month goes by. My month runs from 16th March until 15th April keeping it in line with our credit card statements ( not that the groceries go on credit ).
Yesterday I spent -
I've put away $20 into the meat fund for when I see something on sale. I'm hoping to get reimbursed from the freezer manufacturer for the loss of meat and food from last month.
This leaves me with $68.20 for weekly milk, fruit and veg top ups for the next four weeks.
If you are wondering where the rest of the food is, please keep in mind that I have a food stockpile. When I grocery shop I'm stocking up on what I used last month so that my stockpile never runs low or runs out.
Here are some other points -
Herbs, spices and dried fruit etc - I made a visit to Hindustan Imports last week and stocked up on the usual herbs, spices and ingredients to add to my bread. I spent about $70 from the food slush fund and this will last me for about 6 - 8 months ( some things even longer ).
Snacks - You might be wondering when all the snacks are. The flour and sugar I bought will make many baking treats. At the moment we have corn thins ( like rice cakes ), Salada biscuits and pita chips as savoury snacks. We also still have an assortment of treats and chocolate from Christmas. If our girls want extra snacks they buy their own.
Fruit and veg - We are picking strawberries, tomatoes and raspberries in abundance at the moment. On Wednesday I bought a big bag of mixed lettuce leaves that will feed us for four meals. As soon as our lettuce in the garden grows big enough ( about three weeks ) I'll be crossing it off the list. I already have cucumber, carrots, apples and grapes in the fridge leftover from last week. In the freezer I have lots of broccoli ( bought on a super duper sale ), corn kernels, beans, celery, strawberries and raspberries. In the pantry I have enough potatoes for a week..
Dairy - I bought milk and sour cream on Wednesday and cream last week. I'm making yoghurt from scratch and we still have a few 1 kilo blocks of cheese in the fridge. We also have a few small tubs of icecream in the freezer to use up.
Meat - I have a truckload of chicken fillets ( $4.99 kg ) and drumsticks ( $1.99 kg ) bought on sale late last year. A few weeks ago I bought 3 or 4 trays of chops ( $7.99 kg ). I have five legs of lamb bought last Spring ( $7.49 kg ). I bought fish about 1 month ago ( $5.99 kg I think ). I have a few portions of ham, a couple of meals of sausages and about 20 + portions of mince plus ready made mince meals ( pie meat, spag bol etc ).
I did loose a freezer full of meat and other food about 5 - 6 weeks ago. Due to this loss I haven't got as much meat as I usually would have.
Breakfast - Darren and I eat my homemade bread as toast every morning. I only have my homemade jam on the toast. Darren has jam or tomatoes on his toast. Our girls occasionally cook a breakfast of pancakes or eggs from our chickens. We always have quick oats in the pantry to make porridge. There's always yoghurt, fruit or cheese and dry biscuits to have.
Spreads - We've cut down on spreads due to our girls finishing school.. I have a stockpile of Vegemite, peanut butter, homemade jam and some honey.
Sauces etc - We don't use a lot of sauces but have all the usual ones on hand. I still have a few bottles of salad dressings bought on sale last Summer.
Drinks - We don't drink coffee, soft drink, cordial, juice or alcohol We drink milk, tea, hot chocolate ( homemade ) and lots of water. I have enough teabags stockpiled for the next two years.
Toiletries - A have almost a year's worth of toiletries stockpiled. If there's a half price sale I stock up. I still have a six month toilet paper stockpile.
Cleaning - I don't buy much in the way of cleaning products. I buy ingredients to make soap, laundry powder and Miracle Spray. Anything else needed is bought at a half price sale and used sparingly.
I'll try to post my shopping dockets each month so you get a better idea of what I buy.Top up shopping day Wednesday 22nd March
|This was paid for from the food slush fund.|
|The apples are to be used in jam making.|