I love grocery shopping at Central Market, our “local-ish” (45 minutes away) organic super market! Today, I’m going to give you a peek at how I stock piled enough food to feed our family healthy, quick meals for two weeks, and gave myself a break in food prep as a homeschooling mom. Here we go-
Most weeks I love to cook. I really do.
Granted, preparing food for a household of eight people keeps me on my toes, but I love being a homemaker.
Being a HOMESCHOOLING homemaker is another story!
Last week, we hit the books again after a brief mid-summer break, and I totally lost my Mrs. Organized Homemaking Mom name tag. (Then again, I never have been Super Mom, have I?)
Honestly, keeping up with meals as a homeschooling mom is a real challenge for me. How on earth am I supposed to find time to cook when I’m busy homeschooling four kids?
Good question. I surely have been asking myself that very thing lately.
We survived last week, and I decided to do something about one of my biggest challenges as a homeschooling mom. (Which, obviously, is getting meals on the table during school days.)
I gave myself a two-fold challenge:
1. Plan and prep for a 14-day menu plan, and
2. Budget $100 a week for groceries.
This challenge meets the criteria of (at least) two of my challenges as a homemaker: time management and financial management.
Our family generally budgets $125 per week for groceries and household needs. If I could make my idea work, we would shave $50 off our grocery budget, I would end up with a menu plan and prepped meals for two weeks. AND, my homeschooling mornings would be much more stress-free to boot! 🙂
My Big Grocery Run
Obviously, I don’t keep enough food in my pantry, freezer, cabinets and fridge to feed my ravenous kids for two whole weeks (do you know how much they eat?) So last weekend I did a really big grocery run.
Friday happened to be our monthly “Family Day” outing, and since we were near the big, organic super market that I love, my husband dropped me off to shop while he took the kids to a park.
I bought enough groceries to feed our family for two weeks; the cost tallied at just over $176, which left approximately $24 for fresh produce at the farmer’s market next week.
I don’t shop at Central Market very often, since it’s a distance from our home and some foods can be a bit pricey. (I really love shopping at Aldi’s.) But this week I needed to stock up on a few organic pantry staples, plus replenish my bulk grains (it’s been a while since I’ve ordered from Azure Standard.)
Here’s what my “big” grocery run looked like at Central Market.
- Organic tomato sauce (3 28-oz cans @2.99 each)- $8.97
- Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar- $4.99
- Organic Applesauce (3 jars @ $2.65 each)- $7.95
- Organic Coconut Oil- $5.98
- Organic Arrowhead Puffed Millet- $1.99
- Fresh, Whole Wheat Tortillas (10 count bag)- $2.59
- Whole, Organic Groats (bulk @ $1.59 per pound)- $9.42
- Hulled, Organic Buckwheat (bulk @$3.59 per pound)- $9.89
- Organic Brown Basmati Rice (bulk @ $2.69 per pound)- $17.09
- Semi-sweet Chocolate Chunks (bulk)- $2.73
- Black Beans (1 pound bag)- $1.18
- Organic Stevia (box of 80 packets)- $3.96
- Freshly Baked Gluten-free, Multigrain Bread (1 loaf)- $5.99
- Organic Frozen Broccoli (3 bags @ $2.05 each)- $6.15
- Organic Corn (2 bags @ $1.68 each)- $3.36
- Organic Peas (3 bags @ $2.18 each)- $6.54
- Free Range Eggs (1 dozen)- $3.00
- Organic Plain Yogurt- $5.49
- Coconut Milk Plain Yogurt (2 @ $2.98 each)- $5.96
- Organic Heavy Whipping Cream (2 @ $2.38 each)- $4.76
- Fresh Bone-in Chicken Thighs (3 lbs)- $8.62
- Organic Whole Milk (1 gallon)- $5.39
- Unsweetened Almond Milk (2 @ $2.58 each)- $5.16
- Raw Cheddar- $12.68
- Organic Yellow Squash- $2.96
- Organic Carrots (5 pound bag)- $4.67
- Green Cabbage (large head, not organic)- $1.71
- Bananas (48-cents per pound)- $2.35
- Russet Potatoes (non-organic, 8 count)- $4.43
- Organic Okra- $4.77
- Organic Red & Green Romaine Lettuce- $5.99
Wheew, that’s a lot of food! And a lot of money!
Like I said, I budgeted $200 for two weeks of groceries, so next week I have about $24 to spend at our local farmer’s market for fresh produce.
And on Monday, I’ll share the menu plan!
How do you budget for food? How often do you grocery shop?
Kristy Howard is a pastor’s wife, second-generation homeschooling mom of five, and a passionate believer in friendship, coffee, and quiet time! Kristy writes about motherhood, ministry and life at KristysCottage.com.