|A delicious Strawberry I plan to eat in 2012|
Here it is. Of course, you can tweak to your families needs. If you don't eat meat, you have a lot to play with there, and if you don't drink milk, well, there ya go! But, this is a pretty standard, 5 food group budget list. Keep in mind, this is per month- not per week!
$70 10 gallons of milk- (yeah, my milk is worth every Penny!!!) 2 gallons are made into yogurt *I make my own yogurt with our milk (if you would like a starter, I am happy to oblige).
$13-1 gallon of cream *I make my own butter- and yes, it's easy, and no- I am not Amish
$35/week. I get a produce box from Nature's Garden Delivered, and allot myself $35/week for a variety of local/regional and some exotic fruits and vegetables. It is delivered to my door! *Many people ask what we do for snacks because we don't buy crackers and the like. Answer: fruit and/or cheese
$51 Chicken- 3 whole chickens per month(about $17/chicken) A great way to stretch your buck because you can roast on day one, and make a beautiful soup on days 2 and 3.
$40 fish/seafood- Wide variety- salmon, shrimp, tuna (preferably from Vital Choice)
$20 Beef- this gives you a good pound of ground beef/week at $5/lb. When you buy in bulk, you can typically get grass fed beef at this price.
Nuts and Legumes
3 jars of peanut butter, or possibly adding in a bag of nuts here and there. Prices fluctuate more because I buy these at the store, but I am looking into providing this for my co-op, which will improve the price and maintain a great quality!
$5 1 bag of quality oats (kept in the freezer to avoid oxidation of nutrients)
$5 Bag of Organic Brown Rice
We have limited most gluten in our diets for the time being. The grain I have in the cabinet is calling my name, but I am happy to give it up for awhile. At least grain lasts 7 years!!
The painful truth. I only have money for 1 lb of coffee per month. I'm not quite over it, but I will just have to settle for 1 cup per day and hope that I sell a lot of books to up my coffee budget. Sigh.
And this, folks, equals $400. I haven't figured out how to add healthy oils besides my homemade butter, etc., but I am planning to use the months with an extra pay check to buy these items in bulk. Also, if I am out of local raw honey, I will just subtract from one of these areas for a week to afford the extra staple I need.
Did I help you or did I make you more confused? You might have questions like, "Anna, now we need to see a weekly meal planner to see how exactly you stretch that into 336 meals (that would be 3 meals a day for a month, for a fam of 4.) Um yeah, I'll get back to you on that...say...next blog, OK??
Right now, I am going to munch on a delicious celery stick, and come up with an answer to that question!
Happy Grocery Shopping, Everyone!!