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#91 of 95 Old 01-20-2010, 12:12 PM
 
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I spend about $120/week for a family of 4 eating about 70% organic. A typical shopping list for me would be something like this:

A whole lot of fruits and veggies
2 lbs tofu
1 lb cheddar
1 lb butter (not every week)
Parmesan (not every week)
flour
1 doz eggs (we sometimes run out)
1 gallon milk
1 quart plain yogurt
wheat tortillas
probably a few other dairy or frozen items (eg, tempeh, ricotta, frozen spinach)
pasta
dry beans
oats (bulk)
nuts (bulk)
rice (bulk)
a few canned items, like diced tomatoes or tomato puree or olives
sometimes dry spices (bulk)
sometimes nut butter or jam
sometimes oil (some olive, some vegetable)
crackers
rice cakes
dried fruit (bulk)
1 bottle of wine (our grocery has many bottles under $6)

I make my own bread and we do supplement from the garden, but it's not a huge amount.

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Now I KNOW my Jewel is really expensive. I went to Whole Foods yesterday and was struck by how CHEAP everything was! It was wonderful. I bet I can shop there for $200 or less a week! The only thing is, how do I get all the cold stuff home? It's nearly an hour away! Any suggestions? Would a cooler do it? Do I need a special one?

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Now I KNOW my Jewel is really expensive. I went to Whole Foods yesterday and was struck by how CHEAP everything was! It was wonderful. I bet I can shop there for $200 or less a week! The only thing is, how do I get all the cold stuff home? It's nearly an hour away! Any suggestions? Would a cooler do it? Do I need a special one?
A cooler w/a bag of ice in it should work just fine! Good deal! Glad you found somewhere cheaper!

I just added up our grocery spending for the month, and we are WAY overspending! We are already at $875 for the MONTH! I am setting a limit of $500/month now and we'll see how we do. Some months it is just more costly, as we run out of stuff. I need to try to figure out a way to keep up w/it better.

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Yes a big cooler with all the frozen stuff together & ice packs. I live 45 minutes from WF & TJ's so I've BTDT. Great that you found a cheaper place to shop!!!

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Now I KNOW my Jewel is really expensive. I went to Whole Foods yesterday and was struck by how CHEAP everything was! It was wonderful. I bet I can shop there for $200 or less a week! The only thing is, how do I get all the cold stuff home? It's nearly an hour away! Any suggestions? Would a cooler do it? Do I need a special one?
I am from Chicago though I haven't lived there in a few years and Jewel can be really expensive if memory serves me correctly. I used to live on the northside and occasionally would shop in the burbs and as long as I went right home, the food was fine unless it was the heart of summer. I would think your food would be fine if you shop in WI.

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