The point of this article is to share how we live on a food budget that is below the national amount families our size typically spend on food (even when they are being “thrifty”)… all while eating mostly organic & whole foods! I am sharing our master grocery shopping list for our family of 9.
Here is the complete list of food I buy on a monthly* basis for our family of 9, along with the stores I buy them from. It is not 100% spot-on since sometimes I don’t buy the same item from the same place as explained in my Frugal Living: How I Shop For Groceries post.
For our menu plan using the foods on this list, see my post titled Frugal Living: Simple Menu Plan. Almost all the foods I buy are organic or non-GMO, with a few traditional items mixed in.
Our master grocery shopping list
Costco: eggs, flour, coffee, lemon juice, frozen blueberries/fruit, frozen chicken/ground beef/breakfast sausage & bacon, frozen veggies, olive oil, coconut oil, maple syrup, rice, dried pinto beans, applesauce, canned goods (tuna, sardines, green beans), mustard, nut butter, mayo, raw ACV, sea salt, vanilla extract, tortillas, & vegan protein powder. We sometimes buy fresh produce and cheese.
Fred Meyer/Walmart: tomato sauce, ketchup, dairy (Greek yogurt and half&half), almond milk, lunch meat, baby food, white vinegar, canned coconut milk, cheese, and fresh produce.
Online from Amazon and other places: includes bakers yeast, spices/seasonings, stevia & erythritol, nutritional yeast, cacao powder, and low-carb baking blend/flour.
So, there you have it! All of this cost us around $900 a month.
*Bulk dry goods are bought alternatively every 2-3 months, so the cost is split up over a few months time.