So, yesterday you saw my menu and today you’ll see the results of my shopping trip.
S & S Liquidators
Lemon Scented Dish Soap $.50
Double size can of pumpkin $.99
Caesar Dressing $.25
2 Duncan Hines Cake Mixes $1.00
Sour Cream $1.49
Can of Sliced Pineapple $.79
Double Size Can of Sliced Peaches $1.29
3 lb Bag of Coffee Beans $7.99
2.56 lbs of Apples $3.28
Large can of Olives $.98
Vegetable Oil $1.95
4 Pkgs of Pita Bread (guests for dinner) $6.00
5 dozen eggs $4.97
2 onions $.60
Bulk Oats $1.64
2 boxes margarine $3.96
Sausage Links $2.69
5 lb ground beef $6.08
Whole Fryer Chicken $3.23
Ham Lunchmeat $.99
2 lb Cheddar Cheese $5.48
Corn Tortillas $1.56
Roma Tomatoes $1.43
Vanilla Pudding $.47
I’m not real happy with my totals lately so I decided to go back and get an average of what I’ve been spending each month to see if I could shed some light on my rising grocery costs.
June averaged $54.67 per week with 3 meals provided for guests or as part of a food ministry I belong to
July averaged $60.42 with 5 meals provided for others
August averaged $71.60 with 2 meals provided for others
And September to date is $63.28 with 3 meals (so far) provided for others
So for my family of six and the various guests or food ministry commitments, I’m satisfied with these stats.
Satisfied but not thrilled.
So I went to the USDA to find out what the government says about the cost of food. They say that under the thrifty plan, and I consider myself pretty thrifty when it comes to feeding my family, a family of four should be averaging $120 - $138 per week.
And we’re a family of six averaging $54 - $71 per week and still able to give meals away.
And suddenly I feel much better.