Friday, July 26, 2013

Grocery bill analysis - Week 2 of the 52 week challenge



Welcome back to the second week of Grocery Bill Analysis!

So here we are. I had a bit of a breakdown in my system and had to go to the grocery store on Saturday. Well, I didn’t. Country Bloke did. I needed eggs and sour cream! I had some brown bananas that were begging to be baked into banana muffins and they were delicious! 

So, here we go. The second week of my fifty-two week challenge:

My July 21 shopping trip – Total $23.90
My July 25 shopping trip – Total $137.80
TOTAL of both trips – $161.69

Organic 28.1 : 17% of bill
(Last week this was only 6% so at least that has improved!)
Non-organic 133.59: 83% of bill

Processed food: $19.52  12% of bill
7/25 York Patties (2 lbs worth!) 8.14
7/25 coffee (2@ 5.69) 11.38

Dairy: $31.22 19% of bill
7.21 Eggs 1.89
7.21 Sour cream 3.59
7/25 organic milk (4 @ 3.30) 13.20
7/25 organic yogurt 3.09
7/25 organic butter (2@ 3.50) 7
7/25 margarine 2.45

Meats and Fish: $35.70  22% of bill
7.21 Ribs 10.68
7/25 organic chicken (2.53+2.28) 4.81
7/25 pork loin (3.38+5.12) 8.5
7/25 pork shoulder 11.71

Vegetables and Fruits and Nuts: $49.34 31% of bill
7.21 Apples (1.59 lb @ 2.49) 3.96-1.27(club price disc)=2.69
7.21 Green seedless grapes (3.38 lb @ 3.99) 13.49(!)-8.45(club price disc)=5.04
7/25 Almonds (2 bags @ 5.65) 11.30
7/25 frozen corn (2 @ 1.69) 3.38
7/25 frozen peas (2 @ 1.69) 3.38
7/25 avocado (3 @ 3.29) 6.58
7/25 broccoli (1.02@ .99) 1.01
7/25 tomato (2 @ 3.99) 7.98
7/25 blackberries (2@ 3.99) 7.98

Baked Goods: $3.38 2% of bill
7/25 bread (2@ 1.69) 3.38

Household Items: $15.97 10% of bill
7/25 baking soda 1.99
7/25 wax paper 1.01
7/25 baby powder 2.21
7/25 dial body wash 10.76

Tax 6.56 4% of bill

So compared to last week, processed food decreased by 2%. Dairy still commands a good portion of my bill but decreased by 8%. Meats and fish decreased by 6% but are also still one of the top categories. Vegetables category was renamed to Vegetables, Fruits and Nuts and jumped to become my number 1 expenditure on this shopping trip. Baked goods are still pretty low and decreased to only 2% of the bill. I could probably start cutting this out completely by baking my own bread on the weekends but I really don’t want to be in the kitchen all day in order to save less than $20. I’m looking for bigger ways to save. Household items decreased by 8% I can’t really cut out much there. Tax is tax. 

So after two weeks, it appears that my Meats and Fish command about 25% of my grocery bill. Dairy is a close second taking 23% of the bill. Despite being part of a CSA, my vegetable, fruit and nuts are in third place with 19% of the bill. I hate to think how much I would be spending if I wasn't getting a bunch of veggies every week!

I’ve spent $296.28 so far in two weeks. I’m about $11 higher on my weekly average right now (still lower than the thrifty plan on food stamps) which is coming in around $148 but I’ve had to buy a lot of meat. Hopefully I won’t have to buy as much meat during the next two weeks but we shall see!

Not many places I can make cuts right now but I’m sure they will become more evident as I plow through this experiment. Also, I am not willing to sacrifice the quality of food I provide my family so I will have to find the balance between saving money and sacrificing quality. If anything, I'm trying to up my quality and lower my grocery bill!

Come back next Friday for an update!

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