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!