In January we spent $350 on groceries for six people. The first $200 was spent at the beginning of the month in our monthly shopping trip to Sam’s Club and Winco. The other $150 was spent in a few mid-month trips, including a trip to a local orchard! As promised, I’m going to show you everything all of the groceries we bought this month.
Sometimes a mid-month trip will involve Sam’s Club or Winco if I am out that way, but most of my mid-month shopping is done at Grocery Outlet. If you’re not familiar with Grocery Outlet, it’s a grocery store that carries foods that are near their “best by” date or that were overstocked at the traditional grocery store.
As I explained in my monthly grocery haul, I shop a little different than most people. I don’t make a meal plan and then make a list. I do make a list, but it’s a list of staples that we are out of or low on. The foods on the list don’t necessarily correspond to a particular meal, but they’re the normal ingredients I use for our typical meals.
I also do a lot of stocking up on what’s on sale or in season so I don’t have to buy everything every month. When I find an awesome deal at Grocery Outlet, I’m not shy about stocking up, though I didn’t do much of that this month, well besides apples.
Usually the impetus for going shopping mid-month is to get milk or bread. Grocery Outlet always has both of those, and they’re a much better price than any of the traditional grocery stores in my area. While I’m there, I look for great deals! If you’re not a careful shopper or have trouble sticking to a budget, this might be dangerous, but for us it works out really well.
There weren’t any crazy load-the-whole-cart-up deals at Grocery Outlet this month, but I was able to get a few good things for some specific purposes. I go into a more detail in the short video below about why I bought certain things and what I plan to do with them.
What we bought (and what it cost)
Boa Vista Orchard = $51
- Apples (120 lb) $45
- Tomatoes $2.50
- Pears $2.50
- Limes (4) $1
Grocery Outlet #1 = $7
- Texas toast $1.69 x 4 = $6.76
Grocery Outlet #2 = $27
- Flour tortillas (35 oz) $2.79 x 3 = $8.37
- Berry applesauce pouches (6) = $2.00
- Wheat bread $1.79 x 4 = $7.16
- Life cereal $1.99 x 2 = $3.98
- Klondike ice cream (4 ct) $1.49 x 2 = $2.98
- Reese’s ice cream bars (4 ct) $1.49
- Cheddar red onion cheese (7 oz) $.97
Grocery Outlet #3 = $41
- Bear Creek soup singles (6 ct) $.99 x 7 = $6.93
- Texas toast $1.69 x 3 = $5.07
- Tortilla chips $1.49
- Gingerbread cookie mix $.50 x 2 = $1.00
- Wheat bread $1.79 x 6 = $10.74
- Hot dogs $1.99 x 2 = $3.98
- Cinnamon rolls $.99 BOGO x 2 = $.99
- Milk $2.59 x 2 = $5.18
- Strawberry yogurt (8 ct) $.97
- Turkey breast lunch meat (28 oz) $4.99 BOGO x 2 = $4.99
We don’t set a separate budget for eating out, so any eating out comes from our grocery budget too. This month we spent about $25 eating out (most of which was for a couple of pizzas on a busy night), which brings the total for mid-month grocery shopping to $150.
Did any of these things surprise you? These mid-month shopping trips look much different than our monthly grocery shopping trips! If you wonder why I bought these items, check out the video where I go into more detail!
If you’re curious what we typically eat during the month, check out January’s monthly grocery haul post and video. And add apples to it. Lots of apples!