I've been saving reciepts during the month of July, and keeping careful track of how much we've been spending on groceries. I had a feeling it was much higher than we had guessed, and I was right.
We have been spending about $600 per month on groceries for two people.
Now, keep in mind we eat mostly organic, local, and/or fair trade. And I seriously feel like I'm doing almost everything I can to save pennies -- I cook as much from scratch as humanly possible, we hardly ever eat out, I shop the farmer's market and bulk bins largely, stock up on things when they are on sale, etc.
But still! I guess I could start shopping at a "regular" grocery store, and buying conventional produce, but I don't know how I feel about that. I know where the expensive areas of our budget are (fresh produce, especially fruit, coffee, and nuts are usually the big ticket items,) but I promise you, we are eating nearly everything we buy in a given week!
Hm. I'm at a loss. Any ideas?
Anyhow, here's this week's load from the co-op:
(You won't see coffee on the list this week, even though it's pictured, since Dan and I bought a pound from "Coffee and Tea Ltd." as a treat. I can't wait to try the Tanzania Peaberry tomorrow!)
local spelt bread
organic dry-roasted peanuts
organic, fair-trade, dark chocolate chips
organic dried cranberries
organic golden raisins
"Treasure Cave" Feta
organic apple juice concentrate
organic orange juice concentrate (2)
organic rasperry juice concentrate
HERBS & SPICES:
local, organic star anise
local, organic thyme
local decaf English Breakfast tea
artichoke heart quarters
organic diced tomatoes
ginger ale (a treat for Dan)
coconut juice w/pulp (a treat for me!)
Seventh Generation dish soap
Seventh Generation paper towels
organic cotton tampons
local, organic cucumber
organic ginger root
local hydroponic tomato
local, organic butter
local, organic whole milk
local, organic heavy cream
local, organic eggs
I made a couple of simple, yet Earth-shattering meals today . . .
Roasted Yukon Gold potatoes, beets and greens, and chickpea cutlets with mustard sauce from Veganomicon. I must confess . . . I did add ketchup to my potatoes after I took the picture, and it made them that much more awesome. :)
Awesome Greek-ish salad with local lettuce, local cucumber, local tomato, artichokes, home-cooked chickpeas, kalamata olives, feta, and homemade dressing.
I'm sure I'll have a post for you tomorrow, since Courtney and I are going blueberry-picking in the morning, and THEN to the Farmer's Market!! Fresh produce, here I come!