Well, I'm reading NT and trying to do some more TF things, but I'm not strictly TF. As I read NT I'm realizing more and more how much I already make is considered TF. Just cooking from perishables and avoiding pre-packaged food seems to be half the battle, and I already do that. That being said, I spend about $350/month on groceries for two adults and one toddler who gets about 1/2 his calories from nursing, including cleaning and paper products. (I make our own laundry soap, clean with vinegar and rarely use any paper products except tp)
I shop at the commissary mostly, as it's tax free and discounted. I have been buying conventional everything as things have been pretty tight. We were doing soy milk because DS and I are sensitive to it, (but not cultured milk products or cheese) but then switched to almond when I learned how harmful soy can be. But after doing the math, we're spending about $6/gallon on almond milk. I know I can get non-homogenized (but still pasturized) milk for about the same price, and I tolerate it much better than conventional milk, so I think we're going to switch. We've also joined a CSA for the next year, I'm not sure how that is going to affect our budget yet, hopefully we will get enough produce that it won't raise our food bill much.
So in a month I normally buy:
8-12 quarts almond milk
3-4 quarts whole milk yoghurt (organic b/c the conventional brands are all low fat)
1 yobaby for grab and go occasions
2-3 lbs butter
2 lbs cheddar
1 lg bag cheese sticks (mozz)
2 pints sour cream
4lbs ground beef
1 family pack skin and bone in chicken thighs
several cans of tuna and salmon
5 lbs bacon
10-12 doz eggs
4lbs German-style smoked sausage
Seasonal fruit, enough for 1 piece per adult per day
Seasonal veg, whatever looks the freshest and nicest, several big bags full, try to get three different colors each week.
28 or so onions
2-3 heads of garlic
2 lg bunches celery
1-2 lg bags carrots
2 lbs mushrooms
5lbs unbleached flour
5lbs ww flour
Olive oil, 1 liter
2 canned diced tomatos
2 jarred tomato sauce
occasionally flatbreads like ww pita or tortilla
1 doz english muffins
2-3 lbs dried beans and grains (rice, barley, popcorn)
4 cans saurkraut
1 jar creamy 1 jar crunchy peanut butter
4 lbs coffee
Occasional convenience items:
1 lg box goldfish crackers
1-2 bags cold cereal (for me.
A typical day's menu would be:
Breakfast: some kind of eggs and bacon (fried, scrambled with onions and cheese, veggie omelet) with a starch like homemade bread toast, pancakes or English muffin. On busy mornings Jack gets yoghurt and adults get cereal and yoghurt.
Lunch: leftovers or sandwiches on homemade bread
Dinner: a hot meal with strong protein and veggies. Fresh bread on the side.