Whole food for five on less than $200 a week.Posted: June 30, 2012
Drum roll please . . . . We’re starting our $200 a week challenge. Our goal is to feed our family of five for less than $200 a week. I’ll post weekly receipts accountability and a menus for each week’s dinners. We eat grass fed beef ($4.99/lb.) once or twice a week from steer we purchase twice a year, so this is factored into the weekly budget. We do not have a garden, so we visit the farmer’s markets once or twice a week. Most other groceries are purchased at Sprouts, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and Safeway. Most of our groceries are whole, organic foods and grass-fed meat and dairy. We buy locally produced food when we can and try to purchase fair trade products when we can’t buy local. It is often a challenge for us to stick to our budget, but we think we can do it. We want show that a family of five can eat safe, healthy, earth friendly, ethically produced food on a tight budget. Wish us luck.
Here are the receipts from two shopping trips–around $50 each. This is about 1/3 of the groceries we’ll purchase this week.
receipts for week of July 1st trip one: Safeway and Sprouts
receipts for the week of July 1 trip two : Trader Joe’s and Pinnacle Farms (farmers’ market)
This week’s Menus:
Saturday: burgers and salad with tomatoes and avocados
Monday: burgers, corn on the cob and leftover quinoa salad
Tuesday: lamb shoulder korma with brown rice
Wednesday: shrimp and avocado salad with flackers and dips
Thursday: almond, tarragon tart with low-carb crust and a salad
Friday: steaks, scarlet runner beans and a salad
- Everyone Can Afford to Buy Organic (grandparentsgoinggreen.com)