We spend about $1000 a month on groceries, including toiletries( TP , laundry detergent, dish soap, etc) for a family of four.
We are all Gluten free but I have been grain free for about three years. We also don't do dairy( my hubby has cream for his coffee) or soy or preservatves for health reasons.
We shop at a big box store for our veggies , a few canned goods, oils . We shop at a local butchers for meat... something between conventional and free range/ organic. Middle quality meats!
We spend about 125 a week at the big box store to get the fruit and veg ( this feeds our pet bunny a fresh diet too) , bulk plain nuts, seeds and raisins, dried beans. The only canned goods we buy are plain beans , tomatoes, tomato paste and some canned fish. Non dairy milks and peanut butter.. Otherwise we get coconut flours, oils, GF baking ingredients . I think that is it.
At the butcher we spend around 100 bucks a week. Our usual is ground beef, stewing beef, whole chickens, a roast of some sort and eggs. Bones for broth are a regular add on.
I forage for wild foods much of the year. I freeze, can and dry everything I can in season. We do home made ferments. I buy organic green coffee beans for 1/3 of the price of fancy ones and roast them on my front porch weekly. We grind our own gluten free flours to save money. I try to hit the farms when things are in season and stock up on winter veg. W e don't buy any GF boxed or premade baked goods. Everything is from scratch
We don't eat out ever. I buy alcohol a couple of times a year, but that is usually for making vanilla extract or tinctures. Maybe a couple of bottles of wine? I made my own country wine last year which is a gallon jug... lasts me all year including for cooking. My hubby manages at a hotel where he gets to keep beer that guests leave behind( a dozen every 4 months or so which is saved for guests)
We eat well, but I wouldn't want to cut back. The boys are big eaters, active and super skinny. It is difficult to ensure that they get enough calories.I spend a ton of time in the kitchen which I feel helps to cut back on the costs.
Edited by Village Mama - 1/31/12 at 8:58am