The point of this post is to share how we live on a food budget that is below the national amount families our size 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 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, chicken breasts/ground beef/breakfast sausage (and sometimes wild caught salmon), frozen veggies, olive oil, coconut oil, maple syrup, rice, dried pinto beans, applesauce, canned goods (tuna, sardines, green beans), mustard, sunbutter spread, tortillas, vegan protein powder, and ramen noodles (our cheap, “fast food” option for suppers that we keep on hand). We sometimes buy fresh produce (if it is something we can eat up before it goes bad) and cheese.
Fred Meyer/Walmart: taco sauce, ketchup, dairy (Greek yogurt and half&half), almond milk, lunch meat, infant formula, and fresh produce.
Online from Swansons or Amazon: includes bakers yeast, organic white vinegar (for eating… and I buy the cheap stuff for cleaning from Fred Meyer), spices/seasonings, mayo, raw apple cider vinegar, real sea salt, stevia & erythritol, vanilla extract, nutritional yeast, raw cacao, canned coconut milk, rolled oats, and teas.
So, there you have it! All of this cost us $900 a month or less.
*Dry goods are bought alternatively every 2-3 months, so the cost is split up over a few months time.