Monday, October 5, 2009

Groceries, Groceries, Groceries!

A few months ago Brian and I sat down to look at our monthly expenses. We were both blown away when we realized how much money we spend on groceries a month. We decided we could save a ton of money if we cut back, well then we realized a few things.
1. We have two kids in diapers.
2. We have two kids on a GF/CF/EF/SF (Gluten free/casein free/egg free/soy free) diet which is expensive.
3. We only buy meat from a local organic butcher shop.
4. We have a dog who requires special dog food.
Each month we shop at not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4, not 5, but 6 grocery stores. Yes, you heard it, SIX! Why, you may ask. Let me break it down for you.
Wal-Mart we get Brian's milk since the rest of us don't drink milk, bread for Brian and I that we have to hide from Ella since she freaks out when she sees it, eggs for me since no one eats them, cheese for Brian and I that we also have to hide from Ella, and some produce.
Marsh is the store we get most of our produce from and our Dietz and Watson lunch meat. (Dietz and Watson products are organic, free of nitrates, and free of MSG.)
Moody Meats is the local butcher shot that has an organic farm. We get all our meat from them.
Costco is where we go to buy some bulk items like diapers, toilet paper, paper towels, organic peanut butter (we buy this in bulk since I'm a peanut butter addict), and organic corn chips (we buy this in bulk since Haiden is a corn chip addict).
Whole Foods is a store we couldn't live without. They have things you can't find at most grocery stores. For example they have the kids GF/CF/EF/SF pretzels, cookies, and noodles. They also have aspartame free chewing gum, nitrate free organic hot dogs, rice cheese (yes, sounds disgusting but the kids love it), tapioca bread, and Hero Nutritional vitamins.
Georgetown Market is a lot like Whole Foods and I love this store just as much. They have yogurt made out of coconut milk, organic ketchup, potato flour, brown rice tortillas, and a better kind of toothpaste that doesn't have a warning about swallowing on the label.
So when it comes down to it, we really aren't able to save as much as we would like. I started clipping coupons and price comparing which has helped a bit. In the long run though my family is healthier for it!

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