Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Grocery Experiment Begins

My family and I have been eating gluten and dairy free for quite sometime now.  In fact we eat very little grains at all.  I have always struggled with the amount of money we spend on groceries.  So I decided to see how little I could spend and still eat well.  I found this couple's blog, Koa Strength, that are eating Paleo for $40 a week.  They are a couple and their experiment is to eat on the cheap  not necessarily organic and grass fed. So keep that it mind.  I am hoping to keep my grocery bill for 5 people under $200 per week including organic when I can and good meets.
 My grocery lists will include breakfast, lunch, and dinner for 2 adults and three kids that eat a ton!  I have never been good at cutting coupons because I am picky about the brands I buy.  So the only coupons I use are in store ones or a random one here or there.  I will give you my list and what I didn't buy because I already had it on hand and the prices.  I will do my best to post the meals I cook as I do so.

Today I went to HEB.  I  spent $124.76 and I am budgeting an additional $10 to buy apples and pears at sprouts where they are a lot cheaper.

My List:
4 dozen eggs
5 Sunwell Sweet Potato Chips
2Sunwell Mixed Veggie Chips
2Organic Blue tortilla Chips
2 Unsweetened Applesauce
Large Ketchup
2 lbs deli turkey
1 lb petite cubed Beef
2 HEB fruit twist
4 small limes
10 green Bell Peppers
1 small Cabbage
1 head green Leaf Lettuce
1 Bunch spinach
3.2 lbs Sweet Potatoes
2 small bags frozen peas
4 lbs ground turkey
2 cans black beans
1 yellow squash
2 zucchini squash
3 red Bell Peppers
5 cucumbers
4 Large avocados
5.2 lbs Bananas (about 15)
2 small bags of Carrots
.75 lbs of green beans

I had on hand at home to use for this weeks meals:  4- 5 chicken breast, 2 dozen eggs, onions ( Guess cost $17)

My meal plan:

Breakfast:  One Banana per kid and two to three eggs per person.
Lunch:  Deli turkey, cucumbers, frozen peas (yes my kids prefer their peas frozen)  or leftovers if there is any!
Snack/ lunch rotation:  carrots, apples, pears, sunwell chips, fruit twist

Beef Stir fry
Taco Salads
Stuffed Peppers
Thai Salad
Chicken Taco soup
Chicken Fajita

So here goes week one....we will see how it goes...


  1. Thanks, Stephanie. This looks manageable. Looking forward

  2. can't wait to see more! And so glad you posted that couples blog too. I have been struggling with the same thing (cost of groceries)