Whole food for five on less than $200 a week.

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

Sunday: Pistachio Salmon and squash chips, quinoa salad

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


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