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Okay, this has been a major challenge for me for so long, and the last week I was able to spend $57 on groceries. The week before, $70.<br><br>
That is a HUGE accomplishment for me and I"m really excited.<br><br>
My children have special diets (no gluten or dairy or soy) so we buy alternative products that tend to cost more (almond meal for example) and it can be so hard to keep groceries affordable.<br><br>
I just feel really good. We are eating well and doing it affordably<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/goorganic.jpg" style="border:0px solid;" title="go organic">:<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Good for you mama! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Do tell we are spending about 500-600 a month for a family of 4
 

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Good Job!!! I am in the process of making big changes in our food bill. I am hopping to get it down to about $350/month (family of 3). I think I used to spend like $600/month for just me and dh. On what, I don't know. Of course that includes everything bought at the supermarket not just food. Regardless, that is too much and I am setting a realistic goal of $350, I am definately getting closer. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bouncy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bouncy">
 

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Totally awesome accomplishment. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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how do we do it?<br>
Where to start!<br>
Well, for starters, the girls are young and don't really eat that much, so that will change as they get older, I'm sure!<br><br>
Also, I buy our pasture raised beef in bulk and I don't take that out of the weekly grocery budget. So, for holidays we will get money gifted to us and I will use that to buy a bulk amount of meat that will last us winter/spring.<br>
We don't eat a ton of meat, so one chicken, one lb of hamburger (maybe two) and one meal of fish is enough for a week.<br>
Out of a chicken we get two meals and a chilli with the broth (and veggies).<br><br>
I buy organic apples and bananas and then every week, in addition, I buy one fruit based on what's in season and in stock.<br><br>
We don't buy what we don't need.<br><br>
I buy in bulk when I can.<br>
I get almond meal in bulk, for example (much cheaper in the long run).<br><br>
I make a batch of almond/rice/coconut waffles on Monday and we get 3 breakfast meals out of that serving. We don't buy boxed cereals. I make desserts and we don't really eat bread?<br><br>
I am not an expert as I am JUST getting this figured out now (after all these years) but I can say that buying in bulk on the meats and almond flour are a life saver for us (as those items are expensive on a weekly basis).<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br>
I don't buy chips, pre packaged snacks, or sodas.<br>
The girls do drink one container or organic juice mixed with water each week and I drink tea (which I buy in bulk 2x a year).<br>
They drink rice milk also.<br><br>
We use nut butters, nuts, organic spinach, organic carrots. I do buy 2 packs of frozen organic veggies each week (cause they are easy to cook with). When I need things like Veganaise, or Catsup, I space them out and just get one of those type things each week. Cheese (goat cheese) is something I buy for the girls once a month, usually. I consider it a splurge. We don't eat dairy, and don't rely on it in our diets.<br><br>
I have some frozen veggies from Grandpa's garden (tomatoes for soups) and squash.<br><br>
We don't spend money on home / body care on a regular basis. I buy a bulk thing of BiOKleen powder, which lasts forever from here<br><a href="http://www.kokogm.com" target="_blank">www.kokogm.com</a><br>
and I get soaps in trade or make my own stuff (made lip balms this morning as the winter is approaching).<br>
I have a bottle of all purpose pine and orange concentrate that will clean my house a thousand times over so I really don't need to buy cleaning products.<br><br>
I don't buy alcohol on my budget. I just don't buy anything we don't need.<br>
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We'll see how long I can keep it up!<br><br>
Basically, my weekly list has been a couple of bags or bunches of veggies, a couple of bunches of fruits, a Smart Chicken, two cans of Tuna from the health market. One can of coconut milk, 1 bag rice flour, 1 pack noodles, a juice, 7 rice milks, eggs. Those are the staples and then we squeeze in what we need and can't get by without. We make meals stretch (one chicken cooks a meal with 2 veggies, then a stir fry, then the broth makes a chilli with quinoa, tomatoes, left over veggies...we do those three things almost weekly, and then have a hamburger dish and a veggie pasta dish).<br><br>
Lunches, I buy the girls natural gluten free hot dogs, which they love, and we often have those for lunch with a frozen organic veggie and fresh fruit. I make our snacks or we have fruit/veggie. Or we have nut butter on almond coconut waffle with fresh fruits or left over from the night before...stuff like that.<br><br>
Breakfast, homemade waffles, pancakes, sometimes eggs and fruit, or hot cereal (we use Bob Red Mills gluten free breakfast cereal of corn, buckwheat, and rice). We use honey as our sweetener in most baking and eating.<br><br>
I realize if they were older, they would eat more and we'd have to buy more, but as of now, this system is working really well.<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Thanks for typing it all out, that is great you have saved so much! I get stuck on things like coffee, wine, and cheese - maybe I should move to France <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> .
 

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I should add that while saving money on groceries, I don't eat as healthy as I should. I make sure the girls eat healthy, but I tend to not eat the "good" foods because I am saving them for the kids. I know that is not good in the long run and it's something I'm working on. I do take vitamins, as do they.<br>
(i buy those in bulk too! online!)<br><br>
But I will eat a home baked good instead of eating up all the fruits or veggies because i know they will stretch further for the girls. I do still eat fruits and veggies, but not as much as I should. I need to work on myself. It's hard because my mom and grandma were both of that depression mentality and they always did without. Now i find myself doing that, but I don't hesitate to make srue the girls get the best pasture raised organic natural everything.<br>
I will work on it.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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What is almond meal? Just ground up almonds?
 

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yes, that is it. We use it a lot in our gluten free baking. We use it in waffles, pancakes, cookies, cakes, you name it. We don't rely on baked bread type items as heavilly as I did pre gluten free days, (not even close) but we do still eat a lot of waffle type stuff in the morning, and the almond is much better for the girls then the starchy rice options. The fat and protein are better for all of us, actually!<br>
More stay power and tastes delicious. YOu could certainly grind up your own with a food processor or vitamix.
 

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I'm so happy that you're saving money on the grocery bill - especially with the gluten-, dairy- and soy-free diet. I'm also gluten sensitive and am trying to hone my grocery shopping and cooking skills to the task. My dh is happy to make the switch to no gluten and the kids are too little to care!<br><br>
Do you buy the almond flour at your local health food store or online? I'd love to know the link if you buy it online. Almond flour isn't at my much-loved grocery store that sports so many gluten-free products.
 

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Here are my almond meal / flour links:<br><br><a href="http://www.truefoodsmarket.com/" target="_blank">http://www.truefoodsmarket.com/</a><br><br><a href="http://www.anehs.com/cfs/Scripts/prodList.asp?s=cfs&idcategory=17&curPage=3" target="_blank">http://www.anehs.com/cfs/Scripts/pro...y=17&curPage=3</a><br><br><a href="http://lucyskitchenshop.com/" target="_blank">http://lucyskitchenshop.com/</a><br><br><a href="http://www.missroben.com/" target="_blank">http://www.missroben.com/</a><br><br>
I did find a local source for only $3.86 lb, (which is VERY cheap)<br>
BUT it turned out to be rancid! YUCK!
 

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yeah that. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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That is great, LaLa. Well done! I haven't seen a weekly grocery bill under $100 for years. But, our family adores food -- and have decided to make it our splurge.<br><br>
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I'll bring the baguette! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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<a href="http://www.beantreesoap.com/gc/web/images/waffles.jpg" target="_blank">Waffle picture - what they look like</a><br><br>
My almond coconut rice waffles...<br><br>
# 1 Cup rice flour<br>
# 1/2 Cup almond flour<br>
# 1/2 Cup tapioca flour<br>
# 2 tsp gluten free baking powder<br>
# 2 eggs (or flax seed egg replacer)<br>
# 1 Cup coconut milk<br>
# 3/4 to 1 Cup rice milk (or other milk sub)<br><br>
Mix ingredients together while waffle iron is heating up. Pour into iron and enjoy these sugar free waffles. The almond and coconut gives them enough fat to come out beautifully without added oils. Enjoy topped with fruits, maple syrup, agave, honey, butter substitute or other.
 

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